Recycling for the holidays at CR/Linn Co. Solid Waste Agency

The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency is able to recycle many items that you can't recycle curbside - including Christmas lights and hazardous waste materials. (CBS2/FOX28)

In the last year alone - the Resource Recovery Building at the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency diverted over 4,500 tons of curbside-type recyclables such as papers, cardboard, plastics, aluminum, and tin - from going to the landfill. That’s not including the tons of waste they saved by taking non-curbside materials.

"We also take electronics, household hazardous materials, fluorescent bulbs, and batteries," said Joe Horaney, communications director for the agency. "Even clothing and textiles."

Horaney says that as the population of Linn County has increased over the past few years, garbage has actually decreased - and the amount recycled has stayed the same or increased between each year. He says it might be because they make it hassle-free.

"If you’re making the effort to recycle, we want to make it easy for you," said Horaney. "And with the Resource Recovery Building, it is."

As for the holidays, Christmas lights can be recycled for no charge as a part of the electronics recycling program. If you find yourself buying a brand new TV for Black Friday, you can go to the agency and recycle your old one for a ten or 15-dollar processing fee.

Horaney has one last seasonal tip for members of Linn County.

"Wrapping paper cannot be recycled because it’s made of the wrong types of fibers," he said. "Usually it has a sheen coating on it that makes it not recyclable, and if you do put it in with things that can be - like cardboard - it’s gonna contaminate the whole load and that will get it thrown away."

So be sure to put that in the trash.

The Solid Waste Agency is open Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To find out more information about what you can recycle there, visit their website here.

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