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

    Automotive recycling

    Automotive recycling can cover a wide variety of materials, including car batteries, motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, tires and auto bodies.

    The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency accepts used batteries, antifreeze, motor oil and motor oil filters free of charge from residents only at its County Home Road location.

    Car, truck and tractor tires are subject to a fee. The Solid Waste Agency does not accept auto bodies, but encourages you to consult your local listings for a company that does.

    Oil drop-off limits

    Linn County residents may recycle oil only at the Solid Waste Agency County Home Road location with the following restrictions:

    • Oil must be in a container no larger than five gallons
    • Twenty gallon limit at the County Home Road location (oil must still be in five gallon containers)

    What happens to my old tires, car batteries and motor oil?

    A lot! At the Solid Waste Agency, we crush the oil filters in our Recycling Drive-Thru Center to remove the oil and then send the oil to a third-party processor for recycling.

    • Reprocessed oil can be used in furnaces for heat or in power plants to generate electricity for homes, schools, and businesses. According to the American Petroleum Institute, 2 gallons of recycled oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours. It can also be re-refined into lubricating base oils that can be used to formulate engine oils.
    • The metal and plastic from crushed oil filters and demanufactured batteries are sent to a processor for recycling.
    • Old tires that come to us are sent to a processing firm that shres them for a variety of uses, including fuel, playground covering, running tracks and landfill construction.