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MARION, Iowa - There is now a new hub for drop-off recycling.
The Linn County Solid Waste Agency opened their new Resource Recovery Center Monday at 1954 County Home Road in Marion.
The new facility makes it easier for those dropping off their recycling. Until now, customers would have to take electronics to one building and paper, plastic, and cardboard to another. Now everything can be dropped off at a single facility. The Resource Recover Center allows Linn County residents to drive their cars into the building, where staff will unload their recyclables for them.
The building itself is also good for the environment. The 47,000-square-foot facility is heated using captured waste heat from the Solid Waste Agency's landfill-gas-to-energy system, which will save an estimated $90,000 to $110,000 per year in heating costs.
The $7 million building was paid for using the landfill tipping fee. The Solid Waste Agency does not receive taxpayer dollars. All of the agency's services, programs, and construction of the building is essentially paid for by what people throw away.
The new site also includes room for the Solid Waste Agency to expand, so if there are items that currently can't be recycled but may be able to be in the future, workers will have room to store them. There is also a large concrete outdoor space so that in the event of a natural disaster, such as another flood, officials can pile up materials for recycling rather than send it to the landfill.