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Glass Recycling Efforts in Linn County Benefits Organization in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--If you recycle, you're keeping the environment clean and helping low-income families here in eastern Iowa.

"It's literally an example of what's beginning in a home in Linn County ending up back in a new home in Linn County that's going to benefit somebody that needs that,” said communications director for the Cedar Rapids and Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Joe Horaney.

Glass collected from city recycle bins was sent to a plant in Kansas City and came back as nearly 6,000 square feet of insulation.

It’s insulation that will be used to make affordable housing in Cedar Rapids.
"We certainly hope it's a partnership that can continue because we're going to continue to build homes and rehab homes and insulation is certainly a necessary component of that,” said executive director of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Jeff Capps.

In 15 months more than 1.2 million pounds of glass, has been recycled, and that's not all.

Linn county uses a single stream recycle option, which means people can put most of their recyclables in one bin where it later gets sorted. Glass does need to go into a seperate bin on the curb due to safety concerns for those collecting recycling.

Convenience, they say, is increasing the acceptance of recycling.

"As long as it helps someone else and obviously if it's going for insulation it's keeping their heating bills down. If it helps someone else that's great,” said Cedar Rapids resident Jody Mitchell who says she doesn’t mind recycling.

Residents can also recycle thing like old T.V’s, computers for free as well but E-waste, as it's called needs to be dropped off at the landfill north of Marion or the solid waste facility down by Czech village.

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