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: Jake Jansen initiates composting at Loras

Partnering with Green RU, student sustainability worker and IRA member Jake Jansen achieves goal of recycling Loras food scraps and other organics into compost.

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: Republic Services reports strong finish to 2018

CEO Don Slager explains the “Republic Way,” in this WasteDive article.


MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: 7 Rivers Recycling featured on WKBT-TV La Crosse

The TV segment shows how 7 rivers keeps mattresses out of the landfill.

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Metal Market: High Potential for Growth

Metal recycling is gaining significant global importance. Many factors driving both growth and restraints.


Iowa State economist says current Bottle Bill “falling apart”

Dermot Hayes speaks to House and Senate committees considering updates to Bottle Bill.


APR: Recycled plastics reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has published a new report examining the lifecycle impacts for manufacturing products out of post-consumer resins versus virgin material.


Upcoming Events

February 26 – Container Recycling Institute webinar:

Duty to Warn: New impending crises & price drops and how that impacts recycling programs (CRI Associate+ members attend free; Basic and non-members – $59)

March 21 – IRA member tour and Board of Directors bi-monthly meeting

Frontier Co-op, Norway. Watch for details.

May 16 – IRA member tour and Board of Directors bi-monthly meeting

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