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:


CDC: What Waste Collectors and Recyclers Need to Know about COVID-19 >>
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 >>

DNR urged to reject bottle bill changes sought by grocers

A petition by Cleaner Iowa Inc. comes a day after the governor extended her suspension of bottle bill requirements for retailers in response to the pandemic.

Read about it in the Cedar Rapids Gazette >>
Read about it at WHO13 >>

Op-Ed: During pandemic, Bottle Bill matters more than ever

Iowa’s bottle bill supports local charities, small businesses and the companies that make it possible for you to buy jars of food at the grocery store.

Read more >>

Pandemic exacerbates UBC recycling issues

Pricing has been depressed for used beverage cans. Suspension of container redemption and curbside recycling further complicates  issues.

Read more >>

PET market: Complicated road ahead

Recent low oil prices and COVID-related issues with container redemption programs are complicating markets.

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: Dubuque opens glass recycling locations

Two drop-off glass recycling locations, made possible through an Iowa DNR EMS grant, will open in the city.

Read more >>

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: Can Shed reopening, will hold donation drive

After being closed due to the pandemic, the Can Shed will reopen tomorrow. As they do, they will be teaming up with local non-profits.

Watch the video >>

Upcoming Events

June 18 4th Annual – VIRTUAL – Kansas City Glass Recycling Summit

Hosted by Ripple Glass. Learn more.

July 16 IRA Board Meeting

Location TBD.

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS NOW OPEN!

Iowa Recycling Association (IRA) and Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (ISOSWO) invite you to submit an abstract to the 2020 Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference by June 12, 2020.

View the full Call for Presentations >>
View the Conference Speaker Policy >>