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Linn County Apartment Recycling Options

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Linn County wants more residents to join the recycling movement.

County and city officials are now teaming up with Green Iowa AmeriCorps members to inform apartment dwellers about their recycling options.

For people living in their own homes, the city provides them with blue recycle bins but people living in apartment complexes don't have that same service and that's where recycle more Linn County comes in.

Soujanya Rao says she learned about the importance of recycling when she lived in Oregon.

"We used to have recycling bins everywhere, she said.

It's a different case here in Linn County. In fact as an apartment resident, there aren't any recycling bins in her complex.

It's why Green Iowa AmeriCorps members are going door-to-door at Linn County apartment complexes to speak with residents about drop off sites.

"I'm hoping that people who are interested in it will get the information they need to be able to go to drop off sites cause a lot of people don't know where they are or what they accept, said Green Iowa Americorp member, Rose Pollock.

It's all part of a collective effort that includes the Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency, city carton recycling and the City of Cedar Rapids.

Together they are called recycle more Linn County and because it's up to each individual apartment complex to do their own recycle collection, this program will help residents who want to do more.

"A lot of people don't know that there are three recycling drop sites that anyone can use where you can take things like paper plastic, glass tins, aluminum cans, said communications director of the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Joe Horaney.

For some who got the visit from AmeriCorps, this is a step in the right direction.

"I think the environment is extremely important and if everybody keeps throwing stuff in we make mount trashmores, said Carolyn Shedenhelm

The group will be going door to door until mid-September.

 
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