Archive for October 13, 2008

The Lorax

CR/Linn Solid Waste Agency tour
CR/Linn Solid Waste Agency tour

   The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, is one of my all-time favorite books. The film was part of the Environmental Film Festival on Saturday at the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency. Technical difficulties prevented a dozen viewers from watching it, but Stacie Johnson gave a good synopsis and an even better tour of the facility at 2250 A St. SW, in Cedar Rapids.


   Stacie said the agency is offering free compost from the compost site this year for Linn County residents. The compost is made from the leaves and other natural materials collected in Yardys. It is aged in piles and unwanted materials are removed with a heavy-duty screening machine. The result is rich, dark compost that is great for gardens.


  Stacie also noted that Linn County residents can bring unwanted metal items and drop them off for free in the facility’s scrap metal pile. So that old metal swingset, aluminum windows, treadmills and other metal items can be recycled as scrap metal, rather than adding to the landfill. And residents won’t have to pay the $35/ton tipping fee. The same is true for bikes and lawn mowers.


   The site is also collecting TVs, computers and other electronics that are recycled. Residents are charged $5 for each TV (or $10 for larger ones) and computer monitors dropped off, while VCRs, I-pods and other smaller items are free to drop off. Lead acid batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs are also collected for free at the site.


   The next movie in the film festival is Tuesday, Oct. 14. “Winged Migration,” will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Indian Creek Nature Center. All the films are free. For the complete listing, click on the “gardening events” tab on this blog.


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