Video Shows Trash Flying from Waste Truck on I-380

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter


By Forrest Saunders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A morning commute became a dangerous game of dodge the debris for drivers headed north on Interstate 380, earlier this month.

Local musician, Rick Noggle, shot video of the incident with his cell phone. In it, pieces of rubbish are being blown from the back of a Cedar Rapids waste truck.

Noggle said it wasn’t the first time he's seen a city truck losing its load on the road.

"What's the point of the whole garbage system if we're trying to be a responsible citizen and we're throwing our garbage away, and our recyclables away, and the garbage truck is picking it up and it's just flying out over the interstate?" asked Noggle.

Noggle posted the video to Facebook and got a big response, a few hundred shares and comments like, "this depresses me" and "clean it up CR."

KCRG showed the video to Cedar Rapids waste officials who called it "concerning."

"Debris on the road, especially at high speeds on 380, that's something we take very seriously," said Megan Murphy, with the Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling Division.

Murphy said they'll address the issue with the operator of the truck and try to pinpoint what went wrong. Murphy said they’ll also create a formal standard operating procedure for all their drivers to follow.

"If you see a truck that has a lot of litter or debris coming off it, creating a safety concern, it's an appropriate situation to dial 911," said Murphy.

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