Recycling Guide

Find out where to put all your recycling materials.

Click HERE to find out what you can recycle at the Solid Waste Agency

Sand Recovery

Contact the City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling Department at 319-286-5897 to find out about sandbag disposal options.

In the Yard

  • When mixed with compost or spread over land, clean or flood impacted sand can help amend clay rich soil increasing porosity.  Try using it on flowerbeds and yards.
  • Sand mixed with compost and soil improves drainage in container pots.
  • Sand-based patios are simple to build and use a large volume of sand under and between pavers/bricks.
  • The Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency will donate compost to any flood impacted resident for use in yards and gardens.

Around the Home

  • Sand can be added to latex paint cans to dry them out.  It can also be used in place of oil-dry and kitty litter to absorb oil leaks.
  • Kept in a bucket close to the firepit, sand can be used to put out fires.  It can also be placed in metal buckets or glass jars for creating patio candles.
  • Have kids?  Use dry sand to build a sandbox for playtime.  Create a "digger" zone for use with construction toys.
  • Use sand for weighing down a pickup for winter driving traction or for ice mitigation along sidewalks and driveways.


  • DO NOT place sand or filled sandbags into curbside carts. Truck collection arms and curbside garbage carts are not designed for the weight.
  • Emptied sandbags are not recyclable and not recommended for reuse. Empty sandbags should be placed in your regular garbage.
  • Flood impacted sand may contain contaminants and pathogens and should not be used for play areas or vegetable gardens.  However, when spread out and allowed to "bake" in the sun, health risks are minimized, according to the DNR, and may be used in other ways.
  • The Solid Waste Agency will accept sandbags for disposal at regular garbage disposal rates.