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

Scrap metal recycling

Scrap metal is the most recyclable part of the waste stream, and it is accepted free at the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency as long as you're a Linn County resident.

Check our Recycling Guide for a complete list, but in general, we accept items such as:

  • Aluminum/metal siding
  • Aluminum frame windows
  • Bicycles
  • Chain link fence
  • Curtain rods
  • Downspouts
  • File cabinets
  • Furniture with metal frames
  • Gas grills
  • Gutters
  • Lawn mowers and snow blowers
  • Metal exercise equipment
  • Metal sheds
  • Metal shelving
  • Metal swing sets
  • Propane tanks
  • Wire
  • Wrought iron

Why should I recycle my scrap metal?

Recycling your scrap metal is important to our economy and environment. Did you know that in 2009, the United States recycled 58 million metric tons of metal? Or that over 600 steel or aluminum cans are recycled every second? A lot of that recycled metal went into the manufacture of new products and not in our landfills.

What happens to my scrap metal after I drop it off?

Scrap metal is baled and processed at the Solid Waste Agency and held for pickup by a third-party processor. Aluminum and steel are the two most common metals for recycling.

  • Aluminum can be recycled an infinite number of times without damaging its structure. Compared to the mining and production of new aluminum from bauxite, recycling aluminum is less energy intensive and more cost effective.
  • Steel can be recycled almost indefinitely without losing quality.  In fact, scrap steel is essential to the production of new steel. At least 25 percent of new steel consists of recycled material.