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Popular yard waste dump closing in Waterloo

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A popular yard waste dump in Waterloo off of Easton Avenue will close next month because it's getting too big.

Waterloo officials say the US Army Corps of Engineers is forcing the closure of the city's waste site because it is beginning to get too close to a flood levee overflow channel.

The city says as many as 800 vehicles use the site every day. It's free and convenient, so many people are disappointed that the site will be closing in less than a month.

The city created this site after City Council banned leaf burning back in 2002 and it's been popular ever since.

Robert Bohr says, "It's always busy and I have seen the pile at least 10-15 feet tall all the way around."

That pile will soon be gone though. The site will be closed by September 17th.

Kenneth Doland goes there once a week. He says, "It's disappointing (it's closing) because it's free and it saves me a lot of money."

What will happen now ? Well, the city says people can use the Black Hawk County Landfill, but that has restricted hours, or the Public Works Committee also proposed creating a new site for an estimated $1.84 million.

The council will vote on those options on September 6th.

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