Recycling Guidelines

Yard Wastes

The landfills do not accept yard waste mixed with other waste and must be in a separate container, not into the regular dumpster. Yard wastes include trees, tree limbs, leaves, brush, bushes, grass, and Christmas trees. Do not mix papers, glass, plastic, or other non-yard waste items with yard waste items. Small quantities of yard waste (4 yards or less) maybe disposed of by, placing containers such as garbage cans, garbage bags, or bundling. Scheduled pick up is Thursday; notify Buildings and Grounds 2202 prior to Wednesday at noon. The contractor will run a truck weekly during the yard work season you will be notified when it begins and ends with a memo and/or e-mail. Contractors don’t remove the bags. Large quantities of yard waste will require a dumpster. Contact Buildings & Grounds to schedule a container, be prepared to give information such as: location for the container, dates needed and approximate size required.

Tires

Tires must not be placed in dumpsters. If you have tires to dispose of place them next to the dumpsters and call Buildings and Grounds (2202). Buildings and Grounds will arrange to have them picked up.

Appliances

Appliances must not be placed in dumpsters. If you have appliances to dispose of place them next to the dumpsters and call Buildings and Grounds (2202). Buildings and Grounds will arrange for their disposal.

Cardboard

The city landfills will not accept cardboard. All buildings have a dumpster designated for cardboard only and are on a regular schedule for dumping.

Light Bulbs and Ballast’s

Fluorescent, high pressure sodium, metal halide, or mercury light bulbs shall not be placed in dumpsters nor shall we place ballast that do not have “No PCB” written on the ballast in the dumpsters. Please follow the instructions below to dispose of fluorescent, high-pressure sodium, metal halide, and mercury bulbs and PCB containing ballast’s.

Place all used unbroken fluorescent bulbs (including green end) into the original fluorescent tube box. Box should have a lid and a label stating date accumulation started, name of contents, and owner (CRCSD 2500 Edgewood Rd. NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.) When full seal with duct tape and write the quantity on the duct tape or label. When you have 2 or 3 cartons put them in the District Warehouse pick area at your site for removal. Do not keep large amounts. If you have a major light bulb replacement project you will need an equipment transfer for the Warehouse to pick them up. Broken bulbs must be stored in a carton with lid marked broken then sealed with duct tape and label stating date accumulation started, name of contents, and owner (CRCSD 346 2nd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.)

Place used high-pressure sodium, metal halide, and mercury bulbs in their original container and store in a cardboard box wit lid and with a label stating date accumulation started, name of contents, and owner (CRCSD 2500 Edgewood Rd. NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.)

After removing ballast check label to see if ballast contains PCB. If ballast is leaking you should wear rubber gloves when removing the ballast. 
If the label says the ballast does not contain PCB you should place it in the garbage. 
If the label does not tell you that the ballast contains no PCB then you must assume that it contains PCB. 
If a PCB containing ballast is leaking any oil you should wear rubber gloves when handling it and you should place the ballast in a double plastic bag, place the gloves in the double plastic bag, and then tie the end of the bag closed. 
If the ballast that contains PCB is not leaking you should place ballast in a box from the replacement ballast and store for pickup. 
The PCB ballasts should be stored in a container with a lid and with a label stating date accumulation started, name of contents, and owner (CRCSD 2500 Edgewood Rd. NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.)

You should store all used fluorescent, metal halide, and high-pressure sodium bulbs and PCB containing ballast in one location.

Send the cartons to the District Warehouse for disposal.