Mount Trashmore's Time is Up

By Mark Geary, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS - Re-locating a landfill takes plenty of planning and years of negotiating. On Saturday, Cedar Rapids' landfill will close for good.

In the past forty-years, the landfill has grown to be three times taller than the Statue of Liberty monument. It's now one of the highest points in Cedar Rapids.

The hill hides six million tons of trash. That's about the weight of 150-thousand semi-trucks.

Dump trucks will drop off the final loads of debris this weekend. Then, the transformation begins.

Starting next week, crews will add about four feet of clay to the top of the landfill. After that, they'll pile on another two feet of soil.

"When it's capped and the clay is on and the grasses and wildflowers are growing, it's going to be beautiful," Teresa Kurtz from the Solid Waste Agency said.

In about two years, you'll be able to walk to the top of the hill and check out this view. Some say it'd be a perfect place to watch the fireworks.

The landfill north of Marion, called "Site Number Two," re-opens a week from today. It's located on County Home Road.

Experts expect Site Number Two to last about thirty years.

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