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

Residential recycling drop-off

Not every recyclable can be left at the curb. With a little preparation, a wide range of items can be dropped off at one of the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency's two locations. If you're not sure what to take and where, consult our Recycling Guide.

There are some household items that we recycle for free for Linn County residents:

  • Electronics (excluding TVs/monitors)
  • Antifreeze
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Phome books
  • Plastic containers
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Motor oil and filters
  • Syringes/sharps
  • Household scrap metal
  • Glass jars & bottles
  • Scrap metal

Items recycled for a fee include: appliances, PCB ballasts, TVs/monitors, tires and car/truck loads of items like yard waste




Not accepted for recycling

Styrofoam, Plastic Bags/Wrap/Film, Rigid Plastics – Buckets, Kids Toys, Hangers, Laundry Baskets, Flower Pots, Plant Holders, etc., Aluminum Foil, Aluminum Pans, Pet Food Bags, Tissues/Napkins, Wax Paper, Coffee Filters, Tea Bags, Wrapping Paper, Photos/Slides, Contaminated/Dirty Materials

What happens to recyclables?

Resource recovery and environmental stewardship are important to us. We make it our mandate to divert as much waste from the landfill as we can. Here are the ways we reduce, reuse and recycle materials that are dropped off by Linn County residents: 

We process paper, plastics and glass - Recycling haulers and residents drop off these materials for compacting and storage. We send them to a processor for packaging and sale as raw material.

We collect household hazardous products - At our County Home Road site, we safely process residential household hazardous materials such as cleaners, pesticides, paint and glue and recycle the metal containers. Residents may drop off materials anytime during regular facility hours. Appointments are no longer necessary. 

We give away reuseable household products - Many times residents drop off household products that are still useable. You can pick up paint, cleaners and other items for FREE from our "Free Paint, Stains, Etc." area.

We collect and process appliances - We accept microwaves, refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers. They are "demanufactured" or taken apart. Hazardous materials are removed by a permitted demanufacturing contractor.

We collect and recycle automotive parts - We accept tires, batteries and motor oil. We crush and recycle oil filters as scrap metal and send the oil, tires and batteries to processing companies.

We collect and process batteries - Batteries contain materials that are both recyclable and considered hazardous. We sort and separate them, then send them to specialized companies for further processing.

We collect and give away bicycles - Bicycles can often be refurbished or used for parts. Linn County residents can not only drop off bicycles for free, but pick them up for free as well. Bikes that aren't claimed are sent to a company that refurbishes them for use in developing countries.

We collect and convert building materials into fuel -- We accept waste wood products through our  biomass wood recovery program, which diverts those items from the landfill and recycles them into fuel.   

We collect and give away clothing and textiles - We have a drop-off box for clothing that might still be wearable. A local agency takes it from there to sell. What doesn't sell is recycled.

We collect and recycle electronics -  E-waste such as computer monitors, keyboards and other electronics contain lead and other hazardous metals that keep them out of the landfill. Some of those parts can be recycled - the glass cathode tubes, circuit boards and chips, plastic housing and scrap metal. 

We collect and store metal - Metal food containers, beverage cans and aluminum foil as well as metal siding, chain link fencing, curtain rods, downspouts, gas grills, lawn mowers (all liquids drained) and ironing boards can all be recycled for their metal.

We make and give away free compost and sell wood chips - We accept compostable materials such as brush, tree limbs, grass clippings and leaves as well as certain organic food wastes and turn it into a terrific soil conditioner.