Public Works

Pesticides and fertilizers we apply to our lawns can get washed off and carried to storm drains, eventually making their way to our streams and rivers.  If you do choose to use pesticides and fertilizers, responsible use can prevent stormwater pollution. 

The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency accepts household hazardous materials such as pesticides and fertilizers free of charge for Linn County residents. No appointment is necessary. Contact the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency at (319) 373-4771 or visit their website for more information.

Tips for Proper Use and Disposal

  • Reduce or eliminate your use of pesticides and fertilizers, or use natural alternatives for your garden and lawn whenever possible. 

  • Stay P-Free.  Use only phosphorus-free fertilizers.  Excess phosphorus in our streams and rivers creates algae blooms resulting in oxygen depletion and potential fish kills.

  • Read the product label and follow the directions, using only as directed.

  • Avoid applying near your driveway, sidewalk, or street. 

  • Never apply pesticide or fertilizer before a rain and don't over-water your lawn.  

  • Store fertilizers, pesticides, and other garden chemicals in a covered area and in sealed, waterproof containers.  

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