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

Clothing and textiles recycling (County Home Rd. only)

There are lots of options when it comes to recycling unwanted clothing, linens and other textiles. You can donate them to a charitable organization, sell them to a resale shop or bring them to the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency for recycling. Based on data from the Council for Textile Recycling, it was estimated that 1.3 million tons of textiles in clothing were recovered for recycling in 2009.

What happens to my old clothing after I drop it off for recycling?

Clothing and textiles are collected in the Resource Recovery building, 1954 County Home Road, Marion, where they are kept clean and free of moisture until a local charitable organization can sort them for resale. Whatever isn't sold by the charitable organization is recycled at a textile recovery facility.

  • Some recovered textiles become wiping and polishing cloths.
  • Cotton can be made into rags or form a component for new high-quality paper.
  • Knitted or woven woolens and similar materials are "pulled" into a fibrous state for reuse by the textile industry in low-grade applications, such as car insulation or seat stuffing.
  • Other types of fabric can be reprocessed into fibers for upholstery, insulation, and even building materials.
  • Buttons and zippers are stripped off for reuse.

Very little is left over at the end of the recycling process. The remaining natural materials, such as various grades of cotton, can be composted.

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