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Waste or Recycle? What to Do With Household Junk

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Now is the time of year when many move full steam ahead on those home projects that get put off all winter long. Whether it's replacing the kitchen cabinets or cleaning out the garage, not everything that gets tossed out, needs to go in the landfill. In fact, a lot of it can be recycled.

Now is the busiest time of year at the new Resource Recovery Center on County Home Road in Marion. Pretty much everything you toss out of the house from home remodel projects or spring cleaning can be taken there.

”It's just been stacking up. I've been eager to get stuff cleaned up. I've been making piles. It's finally not raining. We're ready to the stuff out,” said Dana Johnson.

Johnson dropped off a car load of items at the Resource Recover Center. At just one location she was able to toss out garbage, unload an old trampoline in the scrap metal pile, and recycle cardboard boxes. While most things can be recycled for free, there is a $9 charge for appliances like old stoves and microwaves.

”You're keeping material out of the ground and when we recycle it, it's all going to be reused. Scrap metal goes into new metal products. Paper and plastic can be used again,” said Joe Horaney, Linn County Solid Waste Agency.

Other items that can be recycled included old electronics, grills, wood, paints and stains. For more information on what can and can't be recycled click here. Linn County Solid Waste also has a recycling Center at Mount Trashmore.