Cedar Rapids Set to Close "Mount Trashmore" Again

Linn County's Landfill Site #1 in Southwest Cedar Rapids on July 20, 2012 (Cliff Jette/KCRG)

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By Adam Carros

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The area known to some locals as Mount Trashmore is set to close again, nearly 5 years after it reopened.

The Linn County Solid Waste site 1 reopened shortly after the 2008 flood to take in tons of flood debris. It stopped taking that debris in November.

Now, the city will take bids in April to cover the landfill with dirt and seed it with grass. The entire process to close the landfill site is expected to cost about $3.2 million.

After it is covered, the city hopes to redevelop the site with a park or recreation trail. But those efforts would have to wait.

"There will be settling over the next ten years, it could settle 30 feet so we'd have to wait ten years to consider things like trails or sledding or skiing or anything like that," said Joe Horaney of the Linn County Solid Waste Agency.

In the time that it was open, the landfill took in 427,000 tons of flood debris and actually grew 34 feet higher. It also took in $25 million in fees, most of it paid by FEMA.

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