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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The past few weeks have been filled with catastrophic events for many Iowans, including our friends at Vermeer.

The Iowa Recycling Association sends its sincerest sympathy to those affected by the tornadoes or flooding.
We’re holding you in our hearts and minds.

New tariffs will impair already diminished scrap exports

The silver lining: Uurgency to develop more domestic and alternative markets may accelerate.


Dubuque-area stakeholders feel the pinch

China policies create “temporary downturn” for local recycling companies, municipalities and residents.


Recycled paper pulp facing tariff threat

China is proposing tariffs on U.S. pulp made from recycled paper, a material with potential to replace recovered paper exports to China.


Company hopes gene editing will limit food waste

Idaho-based produce producer receives licensing rights for gene-editing tools to extend the shelf life of potatoes, strawberries and avocados.


EPA reports static recycling rate

Estimates provide information on trends that can influence priorities for government at all levels.


MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: ISU hires Recycling Coordinator

ISU and Ames Sustainability Director Merry Rankin introduces Ayodeji Oluwalana, the new director for Recycling at ISU.

Listen on KHOI (at 38:00) >>

Upcoming Events

August 16 – Glass Recycling Coalition webinar

How Commercial Glass Recycling Programs are Thriving

August 21 – Association of Plastic Recyclers webinar

The First Inventory to Include Recycled PET, HDPE, and PP

Sept. 11-13 – Midwest Food Recovery Summit

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