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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CORONAVIRUS WASTE HANDLING GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES:

WASTEDIVE: Waste and recycling trade groups issue coronavirus guidance for worker safety >>
SWANA: Guidance on coronavirus >>
NATIONAL WASTE & RECYCLING INSTITUTE – HEALTHCARE WASTE INSTITUTE: Coronavirus FAQS >>
ISRI: COVID-19 Resources >>
OSHA: Guidance for worker safety >>

Plastic bag industry sees chance to undo bag bans

Battered by a wave of bans nationwide, the industry is using the coronavirus crisis to try to block laws prohibiting single-use plastic.

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Virus leads to program changes across US

Limiting materials collected, altering service hours and/or shutting down altogether is hampering the supply of recyclables moving to market.

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At least 7 states suspend bottle requirements

More than half of U.S. states with container redemption programs, including Iowa, have temporarily suspended requirements for retailers.

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COVID-19 impacts to European recycling markets

Concerns over long-term impacts sharply escalated this week.

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Coronavirus pandemic disrupts waste and recycling sector

Resource Recycling and Waste Dive summarize and track the many ways COVID-19 is impacting the industry.

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Waste Dive >>

ISRI requests “essential” designation for recycling operations

The letter to VP Pence requested that all U.S. recycling operations be designated “essential” to public health and welfare, as well as the nation’s economic infrastructure.

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Upcoming Events

Request for Proposals
2021 – 2025 Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference and Trade Show

DEADLINE FOR QUESTIONS: March 31, 2020   –   PROPOSALS DUE: April 10, 2020

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