Iowa City/County Waste Authority Opens Recycling Facility

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

January 16, 2014

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Iowa City/County Waste Authority Opens Recycling Facility

Iowa’s Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency has opened a new resource recovery facility.

The drive-through facility, approximately 47,000 square feet, accepts paper, plastic, glass, cardboard, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and electronics, including TVs and computers, the agency said in a news release.

It also accepts household hazardous material such as paints, stains, cleaners and other household materials.

It has a recycling tipping floor of 25,000 square feet, where the recyclables will be dropped, loaded and trucked to a processing facility. The space will be used for various resource recovery efforts, including wood, asphalt shingles and other materials as markets emerge.

Areas of the building have in-floor heating, which is captured waste heat from the agency’s landfill gas-to-energy system. The agency is seeking Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Residents can use the services for no charge. Qualified businesses can use the hazardous program for a charge.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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