Waste Agency Expands Shingle Recycling Service

By Forrest Saunders

MARION, Iowa — It’s good for roofers and the environment. The Solid Waste Agency in Linn County has a new spot for roofers to recycle asphalt shingles, 1954 County Home Road in Marion.

For the last few years, the Solid Waste Agency offered only one location at Mount Trashmore (2250 A Street SW) in Cedar Rapids. For some of the roofers outside Cedar Rapids the location was a hassle to get to. Solid Waste officials believe many chose to throw away shingles at the dump instead of hauling them to a recycling spot.

Joe Horaney, communications director with the Solid Waste Agency, hopes the second site, which opened this week, will encourage more people to recycle. Shingles will then be ground up and turned into new asphalt for roads.

“Location and convenience. Now we’re on both sides of Linn County, so wherever you’re doing a job it’s easy to come recycle it,” Horaney said.

Horaney said Solid Waste Agency has diverted almost 7,000 tons of asphalt shingles from the landfill in the last two years. He said they hope to achieve similar numbers at their second drop-off site. Horaney said besides helping the environment, recycling shingles is cheaper than dumping at the landfill, about $30 per ton verses $38 per ton.

The two recycle sites will be open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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

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