Solid Waste Agency gives dos and don'ts for holiday season

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Christmas is rapidly approaching. In just one week presents will be opened and the aftermath will be spread throughout eastern Iowa homes.

Before you throw it all away, the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency wants you to remember a few things.

•Christmas Lights
Can be recycled for free at the County Home Road location as part of the electronics recycling program.
Christmas lights CANNOT be recycled curbside in any community.

•Wrapping Paper
Throw it away; wrapping paper cannot be recycled because of the lack of good quality fiber, combined with the volume of “sheen”, or foil, coatings.

Even if the paper says “Recyclable” throw it away to be safe so you do not contaminate the rest of the recyclables!
Use gift bags instead.

•Batteries
Depends on the type of battery.
Alkaline batteries, the common AA, AAA, D, C and 9-volt can be thrown away in the garbage.
They do not contain hazardous materials.
Recycle rechargeable, lead acid, lithium, and automotive batteries.
Linn County residents can drop them off for no charge at the County Home Road location.
These types of batteries include hearing aid, watch, power tool, and car batteries.

•Plastic, Cardboard, Paper
Bring to the County Home Road location and recycle for free

•Christmas Trees
Solid Waste Agency: accepted at both locations, $5 flat-fee
Check with your hauler to see if they will collect Christmas trees curbside.
They may have rules for disposal.
Flocked Trees are considered a garbage item.
Most communities have requirements for how they can be thrown away. Check with your hauler.

•Unwanted TVs/Monitors
TVs and monitors can be recycled at the County Home Road location for a fee.
18” & smaller: $10 each; 19” & bigger: $15 each; $0.25 per pound for loads with 5 or more units.

“It’s just so important because those are materials that can be reused. You throw those away, they’re going to be buried in the ground. They’re going to sit there and the plastics going to take hundreds thousands of years to decompose,” Communications Director Joe Horaney said.

The landfill will only be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information on fees and hours visit this website.