Mt. Trashmore to Stay Open

Mount Trashmore (Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency Site #1 Landfill), seen in this aerial view looking southeast. August 15, 2006. (BOBBY RATLIFF/KCRG-TV9)

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS - Mt. Trashmore won't be closing for a while. The landfill in southwest Cedar Rapids re-opened last year as a place where debris and demolition materials could go after the flood.

The original plan was to close the old landfill again after just 90 days. But landfill managers say it'll now stay open for at least two years total. Karmin McShane with the Linn County Solid Waste Agency tells TV9, "We are anticipating we will close when our new cell at site #2 comes online and we don't expect that until mid to late summer."

McShane says immediately after the flood the old landfill took in 20,000 tons of debris per month. That's now down to only about 4,000 tons a month.

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