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Wood waste wanted for alternative energy

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A new program at the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency is converting wood waste into biomass fuel, a renewable source of energy and an alternative to coal and oil.

In addition to brush, branches, logs and trees, the agency is taking most commercial and residential wood waste at its Cedar Rapids facility, 2250 A St. SW.

"We are taking old cupboards, doors, and countertops," says Karmin McShane, Agency Executive Director. "We can take just about anything - except wood with lead-based paint or wood that's been treated for use in decks and landscaping."

The tipping fee is $15 per ton for acceptable wood waste compared to $35 at the landfill. The lower tipping fee provides an incentive to separate wood waste and deliver it to the biomass program.

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