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Spring cleaning: what to toss, what to recycle

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Junk mail, old magazines or the microwave that's on its last leg; whatever it may be, it's about the time for spring cleaning.

Cedar Valley Recycling and Transfer takes Waterloo's recycling as well as surrounding cities. General Manager Blane Benham said spring always generates more garbage, as folks are eager to toss their junk when warmer weather comes. He estimates among residential, commercial and industrial pick-ups, the company trucks roughly 280 tons of trash a day during the spring season.

Benham said more household items are able to be recycled than the common person may realize. Items made of paper, plastic and glass can be reused, but also tin, wood and even concrete. He sees many televisions tossed this time of year, along with sofas and other pieces of furniture. Benham recommends before throwing anything away, take a moment to think before doing so.

"Just walk around your house or room, and say, well, I'm going to get rid of that and see if it can be recycled before you toss it in the garbage can."

Vacuum cleaners, toasters, coffee makers - anything with a cord can actually be recycled, as the copper in the cords is what can be reused.

Local organizations will take such items as donations. Goodwill, for example, accepts some of the following:
  • Personal computers
  • Televisions
  • Radios
  • Furniture
  • Small appliances
The Salvation Army accepts the following donations, some of which other places will not:
  • Larger appliances
  • Working refrigerators
  • Dryers
  • Stoves
  • Cribs
  • Mattresses
Black Hawk County residents can toss items at the Electronics and Hazardous Household Materials Drop-Off Event Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waterloo Waste Water Treatment Plant. Details regarding the drop-off can be found at www.wastetrac.org.
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