Tree Debris Piling Up at Cedar Rapids Compost Facility

By Forrest Saunders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Tree debris has piled up at the compost facility near Mount Trashmore after winds topping 70 miles per hour slammed into Cedar Rapids Monday night.

Joe Horaney with the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency estimated about 290 truckloads of waste was dropped off at the site on Tuesday. The vast majority was broken tree branches and snapped trunks from around Linn County. The wood will be ground up and turned into compost.

Horaney said a power outage complicated the process of weighing trucks in and out of the facility. Workers had to rely on a generator to keep the scale powered.

“That’s all we need to keep it going. We’ve got the computer going. We have the scale operating. All the rest of the lights are off, but we’re in business,” Horaney said.

The compost facility near the landfill off of A Avenue SW is open for yard waste from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Horaney said other debris like metal siding and garbage need to be taken to the landfill at the intersection of Highway 13 and County Home Road near Marion.

l Comments: (319) 368-8610; forrest.saunders@kcrg.com

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