A message from Joe Horaney, Communications Director with Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency:
The Solid Waste Agency continues to provide the essential service of landfilling garbage during this health emergency. Following federal, state and local public health guidelines, some operations have been affected.
Garbage is being accepted from commercial account holders only. This includes the City of Cedar Rapids, City of Marion, and private haulers that serve the other Linn County communities with curbside service.
Both Agency locations, 1954 County Home Road, Marion and 2250 A Street SW, Cedar Rapids are closed to residential customers and those without a commercial account. The reason for this is to limit interactions between staff and customers. Commercial account holders can weigh-in and weigh-out without direct interaction with scale house staff; there is no exchange of cash or credit cards.
Rural residents without curbside service are encouraged to contact local haulers. A list of haulers serving Linn County can be found on the Agency’s website: https://www.solidwasteagency.org/about-us/news-updates/trash-haulers-hire-linn-county
Recycling is also not accepted for drop-off at this time. That includes curbside-type recyclables, batteries, electronics, household hazardous materials (HHM), appliances, tires and scrap metal. Residents are encouraged to recycle materials curbside that are accepted by their hauler. If they have items that are not accepted curbside, such as batteries, electronics, HHM, etc., they can hold onto those materials until regular operations resume.
Like all other essential services, the Solid Waste Agency does not know when regular operations will resume. In the meantime, Agency staff will continue to follow recommended health guidelines and do everything it can to help flatten the COVID-19 curve while keeping our staff safe, healthy, and working, and provide a safe environment for our customers too.