The Iowa Recycling Association (IRA) is a statewide non-profit serving its members who are vested in the recycling industry. Through ongoing communication, representation and education, the IRA strives to advance recycling practices across the state. Existing and potential members are invited to actively participate in upcoming events, attend Board meetings and take advantage of education opportunities. The IRA is continually evolving to better serve you. Let us know how we can help!

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: features Quincy Recycle

BUILDINGS toured Quincy to see how industrial recycling turns waste into reusable material.

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: Agency hopes to change customers’ recycling habits

With value of recyclables falling, Cedar Rapids-Linn SWA plans to emphasize education.


Is recycling worth your time?

Though a current lack of markets and contamination in the bin has sent some recyclables to the landfill, Iowa waste officials say “Keep recycling.”


Research to redefine how garbage and recycling are viewed

DNR’s new study will examine if a wider perspective should be used to determine how things are thrown away.


China: More materials barred at year’s end

China will ban additional recovered materials beginning December 31. The new list does not include OCC or other recovered fiber.


Canada’s goal: Reduce waste

Canada plans to reduce waste 50% per capita by 2040 and to achieve zero plastic waste.


Upcoming Events

Dec. 11 – Glass Recycling Coalition webinar

Breakthrough Glass Recycling Opportunities

Dec. 13 – Container Recycling Institute webinar

Return of Refillables in the United States