Iowa Recycling Association members are dedicated to creating a healthy economy and environment through waste reduction and recycling. Our members work in a wide range of areas, and come from the private, not-for-profit and public sector. We encourage you to learn more about IRA members and connect with them by browsing through their profiles and visiting their websites.
Alliant Energy provides electric and natural gas services to communities throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. Working to create a clean, safe and healthy environment for customers and future generations, stewardship is central to Alliant’s strategy. Read about Alliant’s environmental commitment.
The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency is an intergovernmental agency operating two facilities in Linn County: a resource recovery facility and landfill north of Marion, and a compost and recycling drop-off site near Czech Village. In addition to paper, plastic and glass, Linn County residents can recycle electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, scrap metal and medical sharps. The Solid Waste Agency subsidizes these recycling programs, and works to provide Linn County with the most options for resource recovery.
Chamness Technology provides solutions for non-hazardous waste management and recycling. The Chamness family of companies includes GreenRU and Biosphere Technology. GreenRU provides clients with customized food waste recycling programs. Biosphere Technology is a leader in sustainable dinnerware and packaging products. Together, Chamness Companies provide a complete solution for clients seeking to become zero-waste.
Fareway Stores recognizes the importance of conserving natural resources. Early green initiatives — including recycling heat generated by refrigeration compressors — led to development of methods for recycling all kinds of materials: wooden pallets, waste oil, tires, antifreeze, batteries, scrap iron, aluminum, magazines, newspapers, waste paper, ink cartridges, fluorescent bulbs, plastic shrink wrap, plastic grocery sacks and plastic bottles. Materials are collected at Fareway’s recycling facility for initial processing and then shipped to major recyclers for final recycling.
Goodwill of the Heartland believes in the power of work to change lives. Goodwill’s mission focuses on helping people with disabilities and other barriers get and keep competitive community jobs. When people donate and shop at Goodwill, they not only support the organization’s mission, they give new life to old things and divert usable goods from area landfills.
International Paper is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products, with 53,000 employees operating in 24 countries. International Paper responsibly uses renewable resources to make recyclable products depended on by millions of people every day.
The IWRC is a nationally recognized organization at the University of Northern Iowa devoted to environmental consulting, assistance, training and education for entities with environmental impact or need.
Whether it’s garbage, recyclables, yard waste, hazardous waste or special waste, Metro Waste Authority provides answers to safe, smart disposal and recycling questions in Central Iowa. Metro Waste Authority manages Metro Park East Landfill, Metro Park West Landfill, Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, Metro Central Transfer Station and Metro Northwest Transfer Station. Residential recycling programs such as Curb It! and Compost It! are also offered.
MidAmerica Recycling (MAR) began operations in 1979 in response to the passage of Iowa’s Bottle Bill. With more than 200 years of combined recycling industry experience, MAR provides comprehensive recycling services for paper, metals, plastics and glass. Roll-off and dumpster rental and collection services are also offered for commercial and business garbage, waste and recycling in Des Moines.
7 Rivers Recycling (7RR) has been processing mattresses since 2014. The process involves filleting mattresses, somewhat like you fillet a fish, and separating the materials for recycling. 7RR is able to replicate this sustainable operation in new communities through public-private partnerships or receive one-time shipments.
American Ordnance LLC is a manufacturer of ammunition to the United States military. The Iowa Army Ammunition Plant is committed to protecting the environment by focusing on methods to prevent pollution and waste, compliance to environmental regulations and conservation of natural resources.
A-TEC recycles lamps, ballasts, batteries, cathode ray tubes, capacitors, mercury switches, thermometers, liquid mercury and electronic equipment. Containers for storage and shipping are provided, as well as transportation from customer site to A-TEC facility.
The Arnold O. Chantland Resource Recovery Plant was the first municipally operated waste-to-energy facility in the nation and began operations in 1975. Both ferrous and non-ferrous metals are recovered for recycling. The burnable portion of the garbage/refuse becomes Refuse Derived Fuel, or RDF, and is piped to the City’s power plant and used as a renewable, local, sustainable supplemental fuel in the natural gas boilers to generate electricity. Only 34% of Story County’s waste is disposed of in a landfill.
Barker Lemar Engineering focuses on services including integrated solid waste management, planning, facility engineering and compliance; petroleum assessment, remediation, repair and construction; training; ecological assessments and air, land and water regulatory services. For over 20 years, Barker Lemar has been committed to its Midwest clients.
The City of Bettendorf Public Works Department provides comprehensive solid waste services to over 13,000 residential households in the city. These services include automated garbage and single-stream recycling collection, yard waste and bulky waste collection, e-waste and appliance collection, as well as a drop-off household hazardous materials facility.
The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission owns and oversees the Black Hawk County Landfill. In addition, the Commission provides waste alternative and Waste Trac educational programs and informational publications. The Commission strongly encourages and supports recycling efforts in Black Hawk County.
Educator providing programs on recycling and solid waste issues for schools, community groups, and social events. Contact Pam.
The Boone County Landfill coordinates the solid waste management plan for Boone and Greene Counties (with the exception of Jefferson), as well as certain communities in Calhoun and Dallas Counties. The Boone Co. Landfill also manages the Boone County Recycling Center and the Keep Boone County Beautiful program.
Brown’s Heavy Equipment services all makes of equipment, and provides preventative maintenance to ensure increased machine uptime. Brown’s works on dozers, excavators, loaders and compactors, as well as mining and construction equipment.
BrownWinick Law Firm’s practice areas range from commercial to labor law, and from litigation to intellectual property and government relations representation. BrownWinick uncovers novel solutions to complex legal challenges, partnering with small start-ups and Fortune 1000 corporations alike.
The Buena Vista County/Harold Rowley Recycle Center processes recyclables for the residents and businesses of Buena Vista County.
Can City is an Eastern Iowa can redemption center. Established in 1998, Can City has locations in Maquoketa and Tipton.
Can Dough offers container redemption services in Ottumwa.
Celebrating its 20th year in 2017, Can Shed is the largest redemption location in the state of Iowa. The Can Shed processes over 100 million containers a year — including PET, UBC and glass, and employs approximately 40, including a fleet of five drivers.
The Carroll County Solid Waste Management Commission operates a permitted landfill for six counties in Western Iowa. Other services include yard waste management, electronics recycling, processing of recyclables from commercial and residential sectors, hazardous waste management, appliance recycling and education programs.
The Cass County Landfill and Recycling Center is Iowa’s only balefill facility. Solid waste is unloaded inside the building, then baled before being landfilled. The compacted waste increases landfill life. A successful county-wide recycling program reduces the amount of waste going into the landfill.
The City of Cedar Falls Transfer Station/Recycling Center serves Black Hawk and Bremer Counties and surrounding communities with solid waste/yard waste (city collection) and recycling (drop-off) services for disposal. Recycling is offered for appliances, electronics, TVs/CRTs, computer hardware, scrap metal, clean asphalt shingles, scrap tires, used oil, vegetable oil, cardboard, newspaper/magazines, office paper, plastic #1-7, plastic bags, tin, glass and styrofoam.
Locally and family-owned, while reaching customers worldwide, Cedar Poly is a leader in the recycling and plastics-processing industries. The company is a full-service recycler serving industrial, commercial, warehouse, distributors, city and county recovery facilities, offices and government sectors. In addition to buying/selling recyclables, Cedar Poly has processing capabilities for plastics, including grinding, washing and pelletizing HDPE, LDPE and PPS.
The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling Division provides weekly curbside garbage, recycling and yard/organics collection, daily work-order bulky-item collection, spring and fall bulky-item drop-off events and spring and fall loose-leaf vacuum collection services to Cedar Rapids customers. Citizens also have access to the facilities and services of the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency.
In business for 13 years, Center Redemption is a full service redemption center offering walk-in customer service and commercial pickup services.
Family-owned for 40 years, Central States Wire Products, Inc. has been taking the brick and mortar business to a whole new level. The company forms long-term relationships and delivers value to its customers though four key benefits: customer service, prompt delivery, competitive pricing and a 100% guarantee of quality.
The Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency is Clinton County serves the County of Clinton for solid waste disposal and recycling programs.
The Council Bluffs Recycling Center operates a comprehensive and convenient facility that serves the Council Bluffs/Omaha metro area and surrounding communities. Materials accepted include household recycling, construction and demolition debris, tree debris and yard waste, tires, scrap metal and household hazardous materials. This facility is open year-round.
Cox Sanitation and Recycling is family-owned trash and recycling center with 14 employees. Ron and Marcia Cox are owners, and son Larry is the manager. The trash business began in 1976; recycling in 1993.
CRINC is a transportation and logistics company that has supported beverage distributors in Iowa for over 35 years. CRINC maintains a staff of over 35 full-time employees to provide collection and processing of used beverage containers coming from all 99 counties in the state.
The Davenport Community School District has 30 school buildings serving Blue Grass, Buffalo, Davenport and Walcott. The District has offered recycling in all buildings since 1998, and in 2008 was awarded “Best School Recycling Program” by the Iowa Recycling Association. The Davenport Community School District is committed to being a progressive environmental organization.
The City of Des Moines Public Works Department provides comprehensive solid waste services to over 75,000 residential households in the city with an emphasis on garbage, single-stream recycling and yard waste collection.
The DMC Regional Waste Commission is a 28E agency providing responsible solid waste management to over 55,000 people in Des Moines County as well as residents of New London, Mount Pleasant, Mt. Union, Rome, Salem, Westwood and Winfield in Henry County and residents of Morning Sun in Louisa County. The DMC Regional Waste Commission operates the Des Moines County regional landfill, the Area Recyclers facility, the Recycled 2 You gift shop and the HazChem Center of Southeast Iowa.
Sustainable Dubuque is a community that values the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling resources.
The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency provides solid waste management services to the tri-state area with a focus on the Dubuque and Delaware county area. Services include yard waste, e-waste, recyclables and hazardous waste management, operating a permitted landfill and community planning/contracting support.
The East Bremer Regional Recycling Authority was created in 2009 by the cities of Readlyn, Sumner and Tripoli. Each community brings their recyclables to a central location in Sumner, and the product is then sold from that facility.
The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) promotes regional cooperation and provides professional planning services to local governments in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Tama and Washington Counties. ECICOG’s Environmental Services Department offers solid waste planning, resources education and sustainability services.
Eco Innovation provides innovative & efficient solutions to identifying and managing waste and value streams. For information, contact Dave Klockau.
Elliott Equipment Company is a full-service, family-owned business selling and servicing quality, name-brand municipal equipment since 1970.
EnviroVision specializes in buying and selling post-industrial scrap plastics. This unique focus provides an outlet for residential, commercial and industrial carts, curbside bins and totes recycling. In addition to buying trailer loads and less-than-trailer-load quantities of HDPE and polypropylene, EnviroVision provides toll-grinding services and inventory management.
First Star Recycling processes recyclables for businesses and communities throughout the Midwest, and markets close to 100,000 tons annually to end users throughout the country and internationally. Additional services include outreach, community education, recycling audits, grant writing, used material brokerage and more.
Founded in 1938, Foth offers engineering services in three main areas — infrastructure, environment and production solutions — helping clients realize both immediate returns and long-term benefits of sustainable practices. Foth is committed to helping public solid waste entities thrive through engineering, scientific, regulatory and strategic consulting services. Internal sustainability efforts are led by Foth’s Internal Resource Sustainability Team (FIRST) which helps identify and implement practices to promote company-wide and office-specific sustainability.
Doing business sustainably involves measuring success in terms of social and environmental responsibility, as well as financial results. Frontier Co-op cares deeply about the effects its business has on the world we live in — the people and communities it does business with, the way the production of its botanical products affects the environment, and the holistic health of us all.
Retired, long-time recycling advocate and friend of the Iowa Recycling Association.
Great River Regional Waste Authority is a public sector agency serving the waste management needs of Lee, Van Buren and rural Henry Counties. Operations include the sanitary landfill and 24-hour recycling center in Ft. Madison, as well as a transfer station and recycling drop-off center in Keokuk.
Green America Recycling operates a non-hazardous TSD facility adjacent to Continental Cement Company’s plant just outside Davenport, Iowa. As an alternative to incineration, land disposal and portable thermal treatment, Green America Recycling utilizes waste materials to replace coal as a fuel for the cement manufacturing process. The processing facility operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week with delivery options available Monday through Sunday.
Greystone Logistics designs, manufactures, sells and leases plastic pallets for a wide range of industries. Driven by environmental concerns, Greystone manufacturers pallets made from recycled plastic and sells processed recycled plastic. Greystone takes an aggressive stand in the manufacturing of environmentally friendly products.
The Hamilton County Transfer Station is an Iowa 28E organization one mile northwest of Kamrar, serving residents of member entities in the area. We accept municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris. Waste is transported to the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency in Fort Dodge. Recycled materials accepted include scrap metal, tires, televisions, electronics, clean concrete and appliances. We are also a Regional Hazardous Waste Collection Center accepting household hazardous waste by appointment.
Hardin County Solid Waste is Hardin County’s recycling center, collecting materials to be recycled from the communities of: Ackley, Alden, Buckeye, Eldora, Hubbard, Iowa Falls, New Providence, Owasa, Radcliffe, Steamboat Rock and Union.
The Harrison County Landfill accepts both landfill disposal and recycling materials. It is run by the Harrison County Landfill Commission, which is a 28E governmental agency.
Honey Creek Resort State Park is committed to being a steward of the environment and is a leader in Iowa for ecologically friendly resort and hotel practices, including: aggressively managing energy and water usage, collecting water runoff for irrigation, growing low-maintenance native plants, reducing waste, actively recycling campus-wide, and soon, composting food waste.
Hope Haven offers many recycling opportunities including operation of an approved redemption center as well as providing other services such as cardboard, textile, plastic, pallet and paper recycling to the local community and the surrounding areas. Recycling efforts provide work opportunities to individuals with disabilities.
Imagine the Possibilities offers vocational training to individuals with disabilities. The training provides emphasis on developing employable work skills. Individuals earn wages while performing work for local businesses. In 1991, Imagine the Possibilities (formerly know as DAC, Inc.), partnered with Jackson County to create a county-wide recycling program. The Recycling Center has been successful in reducing county waste and creating jobs.
Iowa Automotive Recyclers is a non-profit trade association for the education and advocacy of members made up of automotive recyclers selling used auto parts. Iowa Automotive Recyclers coined the phrase “The Original Recycler” as auto salvage (nee junkyards) has existed for as long as automobiles.
The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center serves Johnson County and the cities of Kalona and Riverside with recycling, composting and services disposal. We offer recycling for appliances, electronics, universal wastes, scrap metal, shingles, bicycles, tires, household recycling materials, oil and hazardous waste, as well as commercial composting for food and yard waste.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s mission is to strengthen economic and community vitality by building partnerships and leveraging resources to make Iowa the choice for people and business. The IEDA administers several state and federal programs through two main divisions: business development and community development. Visit the IEDA website to view results, board actions, administrative rules, RFPs and more.
The Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) provides professional planning, programming and technical assistance to its member communities. INRCOG also hosts the Area 3 Resource Specialist for the Iowa Waste Exchange program and is the planning agency for the INRCOG Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.
Iowa State University campus recycling starting in 1992, when a group of graduated students and ISU staff initiated the white paper recycling program. The initiative quickly expanded to include phone books, newspaper, mixed paper, food and beverage containers and corrugated cardboard. Since 2015, ISU programs have evolved into a mixed stream (all paper, press board, plastic, glass and metal food and beverage containers) and corrugated cardboard program. Other traditional recycling programs are in place for batteries, cell phones, chemical bottles, laboratory glass, lamps, tires, motor oil, toner and ink jet cartridges, scrap metal, excess equipment and miscellaneous items.
The Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association advocates for Iowa’s independent, family-owned beer distributors who deliver choice and value to the malt beverage marketplace and who collect and recycle 85 percent of the beer containers sold at retail.
Iowa Western Community College offers 84 different Arts and Sciences/Transfer majors and vocational/technical programs including an A.A.S in Sustainable Energy. The college enrolls 5,500 students and serves the Southwest Iowa region including Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby counties.
J & J offers high-quality, refurbished totes and barrels for commercial, industrial or home application. Products include government-approved haz-mat drums. J & J buys and sells in truckload quantities.
Jendro Sanitation offers curbside pick up for residential and commercial, trash and recycling customers in five counties and 26 communities. Jendro also provides home and business dumpters.
JW Bell is a dealer, manufacturer and service center for a variety of equipment, including aggregate, recycling, landscaping and more. Our 16-acre facility allows us to rebuild nearly all types of equipment, engineer and manufacture new equipment, blast and paint.
JWR provides technology and solutions for waste and recycling, consulting with clients to understand their needs and challenges. JWR shows clients how to integrate products and create a complete solution from concept to startup.
Keep Iowa Beautiful empowers Iowans to bring cultural and economic vitality into communities through improvement and assistance programs, building stronger communities and developing sustainable features.
The Landfill of North Iowa is an integrated solid waste management facility. The publicly owned sanitary landfill serves over 70,000 people in North Central Iowa. Services include the Education Center, compost, woodwaste, hazardous waste disposal, tire recycling, appliance recycling and disposal of residential and commercial garbage.
Lennox accepts all computers and electronics except CRTs. Serving the entire state of Iowa, Lennox picks up and offers low-cost containers.
Contact Lennox Computer.
For over 25 years, MDK ZeroLandfill has been committed to the recycling industry. MDK recycles all grades of scrap including metals, papers, plastics and other recyclable materials. MDK’s free waste stream evaluations and full service programs to industry throughout the Midwest and beyond provide excellent customer service, fast response time on pick-ups, waste reduction and competitive pricing.
The Metro Park Waste Commission is made up of the cities of Waukee, Perry, Minburn, Redfield, Dawson, Linden and Jefferson and the Dallas County Board of Supervisors
In its fifth generation of family ownership, Midland Davis provides services in all major segments of the recycling industry. The company operates from three locations, collecting and recycling many grades of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals, as well as paper, plastics and wood. Midland Davis is committed to making a positive impact on the communities it serves through active participation and encouragement of recycling efforts.
Midwest Electronic Recovery (MER) is the largest computer and electronics recycling center in Iowa, offering electronic recycling solutions to communities, solid waste agencies, businesses, school districts, institutions and individuals. Recycling electronic equipment preserves natural resources and is an efficient means of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Operating out of two facilities in Iowa and Illinois, Miller Materials recycles concrete and asphalt to create new aggregate for roadways, parking lots and other base fill applications. Old concrete stays out of landfills and is repurposed into new material with commercial and residential applications.
Muscatine’s recycling, composting and garbage collection services are managed at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center.
The North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency is an Iowa 28E organization with 41 members from surrounding cities and towns, including Humboldt and Webster Counties. The NCIRSWA owns and operates the Landfill, Recycling Center and HHM Regional Collection Center. Services include electronics recycling and processing of commercial and residental recyclables. HHM accepted by appointment.
Andy is a founding member of the Iowa Recycling Association, as well as past President and Board Member. In 2002, Andy was recognized as Recycler of the Year.
The Ottumwa/Wapello County Solid Waste Commission serves Wapello and Davis Counties and operates a landfill and a recycling center that serve both counties.
Page County Landfill and Recycling serves residents throughout the county and surrounding areas. The landfill accepts approximately 50 tons per day of waste and recycles an additional 1,500 tons per year from its various recycling drop-off locations. The recycling program began in 1997 with a contractor hauling materials, but the Page County Landfill staff took over the program in 2007 with the help of an Iowa DNR SWAP grant.
PDI is a perishable food distribuor supplying quality perishable products to the retail grocery industry. PDI is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Hy-Vee, Inc. with a mission to enhance the success of their customers and employees by providing the best combination of price and service with the highest level of honesty and integrity. PDI is a Zero Waste company.
Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls is a manufacturer of recycled plastic products including car stops, speed bumps, landscape timbers, posts, park benches, picnic tables and other large profile products. With a goal of making plastics a community resource rather than a burden on the environment, Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls has won the State of Iowa Governor’s Award for achievements and contributions to Iowa and its communities.
Push Resource Recovery is an all-inclusive waste/recycling resource dedicated to streamlining customers’ programs and processes. The company’s knowledge and connections enable it to handle all aspects of its clients’ waste and recycling needs.
Quincy Bag Company, Inc. is a supplier of new, used and refurbished bulk bags as well as sandbags, burlap and small woven polypropylene bags. The company also provides removal and recycling options for polypropylene bulk bags, burlap bags and other re-usable packaging. Quincy Bag strives to keep re-usable materials out of the landfill while providing companies in other industries cost-effective packaging solutions. Also offered: A closed-loop, bulk bag refurbishing service for companies wishing to adhere to, or create, a sustainability program.
Quincy Recycle is family-owned, privately-held entity assisting manufacturing, municipalities, solid waste operations and commercial business partners enhance their environmental footprint while bringing a revenue stream back to the point of source. Quincy Recycle has operations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. Quincy Recycle also provides NAID-certified confidential shredding through its company, On-Site Shredding Services.
Rabe Hardware specializes in solar, geothermal, plumbing, eletrical and HVAC. Family-owned and operated since 1979, Rabe Hardware is a leader in renewable solar and geothermal across the state.
Laurie Rasmus relocated to the Des Moines area and is seeking employment in a sustainability/recycling role. Most recently, Laurie served as the Director of Macon County Environmental Management, a county government solid waste authority that operates recycling and pollution prevention programs.
The Rathbun Area Solid Waste Commission provides solid waste disposal and 24-hour recycling drop off for Appanoose County, Seymour, and Promise City, Iowa. RASWC also accepts appliances, cell phones, CFL/fluorescent bulbs, electronics, shingles, tires, household hazardous waste, motor oil, printer/ink cartridges, re-chargeable batteries and confidential documents for shredding.
Realm, Inc., established in 1999, specializes in pallet manufacturing and wood waste recycling. In addition to manufacturing new, used and COMBO pallets and crates, Realm, Inc. also produces animal bedding, landscape mulch and boiler fuel. With multiple facilities throughout Iowa and Missouri, the company is able to recycle an average of 75-100 semi loads of wood per week.
Recovery Systems Co. Inc. has provided recycling processing equipment and systems to the Midwest for over four decades. The company services, sells, installs and starts up equipment from vertical balers to full material recycling facilities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota.
The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) is an interdisciplinary research, education and outreach center serving Regent university researchers and students, Iowa citizens, business and industry.
The Recycling Association of Minnesota is committed to increasing recycling in Minnesota to improve the social and economic health of the state’s citizens, businesses, institutions and future generations. Increased recycling supports sustainability, resource conservation, jobs and a stronger economy in Minnesota.
Providing commercial recycling services for nearly 30 years, Recycling, Inc.’s commitment to its customers makes recycling easy and profitable.
The mission of Red Arrow Industries is to drive down product costs for plastics recyclers and convertors with lines of recycling and processing machinery that are unmatched in reliability and performance. RAI’s network of original equipment manufacturers are leaders in their respective fields because they provide solutions that generate higher rates of productivity. Leveraging the know-how of our determined OEMs creates space for end-users to produce higher levels of customer satisfaction and profit.
The Regional Environmental Improvement Commission (REIC) operates the Iowa County Landfill. The landfill is located on Highway 6, two miles east of Homestead.
Region XII COG is the regional planning agency for west central Iowa. Services to governments include grant writing, land use, transportation planning, economic development, community development and local government technical assistance. Services to citizens include public transit, workforce development, housing rehabilitation, down-payment assistance and new housing production. Services to businesses include low-interest loans for job creation, retention and expansion assistance and Iowa Waste Exchange services for IWE Areas 1 & 2.
Republic provides recycling and waste services, implementing environmentally responsible disposal practices, and maintaining a 99.9% reliable pick-up rate.
Since 2009, Ripple Glass has worked with individuals, businesses and organizations to recycle more than 500 million bottles and jars. Recycling glass is an easy way to reduce waste, conserve landfill space, protect the environment and support area businesses.
As a risk consultant, Mark helps owners of companies with 15 to 100 employees solve business problems. Mark has a strong background in workers compensation, as well as experience working specifically with recycling companies. Additionally, Mark has access to Advance Iowa programs, and helps owners benefit from the services Advance Iowa provides on an ongoing basis.
SafeNetRx is a 501c3 established to provide free and low-cost medications to vulnerable patients. The organization’s goal is to create a national pharmacy model that reduces medication waste, eliminates environmental contamination and serves the needs of vulnerable patients.
SCS is an environmental engineering firm specializing in solid waste and sustainable materials management. The firm has worked with private, local, state and agency-owned entities since 1970. Services range from economic feasibility studies, recycling program assessments, multi-unit recycling programs, commercial recycling technical assistance, public education and organic materials management programs through the design, permitting, construction and implementation of recycling and material recovery facilities. Contact Christine Collier, P.E.
Bright Technologies, a division of Sebright Products, Inc., manufactures high-quality recycling equipment as well as equipment for dewatering and solidification of wet materials.
The City of Sioux City provides waste and recycling collection services to Sioux City residents. The Citizen’s Convenience Center serves as a transfer point for bulky items, a collection point for household hazardous waste and recycling of appliances, electronics, tires, fluorescent bulbs and glass.
The South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency is an inter-governmental unit providing comprehensive solid waste management services to Lucas, Marion, Monroe and Poweshiek Counties.
The City of Spencer provides waste and recycling collection to Spencer residents. The City owns and operates the Northern Plains Regional Landfill located near Graettinger which provides services to 26 communities in seven counties. The landfill also operates the Northern Plains Regional Collection Center for Hazardous Household Waste, which is located at the Spencer Transfer Station. The transfer station serves as a collection point for municipal solid waste, co-mingled recycling, appliances, electronics, TVs/CRTs, tires, cardboard, scrap metal and glass.
The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) is a not-for-profit trade association that uses grassroots efforts to work directly with the public and private sectors to expand and grow steel recycling. SRI is an active business unit of the AISI, building environmental preference for steel through credibly communicating steel’s sustainable advancements.
Stickle Farms is a family-owned farming operation, doing business in a variety of areas including feedlot and cow/calf; buying factory offal and by-products for livestock feed; buying damaged grain for livestock feed and selling used guardrail and railroad ties.
Synchronicity isn’t in the recycling business but is a recycling, litter prevention and sustainability advocate. Our primary business is in the assessment and facilitation of leadership development and team building. Our President serves on several non-profit boards supporting recycling, etc.
Titan Machinery owns and operates a network of full-service agriculture and construction equipment dealerships in the United States and Europe. Titan Machinery-Des Moines provides a complete line of construction equipment for central Iowa.
TOMRA creates sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity. TOMRA’s two business areas include: TOMRA Collection Solutions and TOMRA Sorting Solutions. Deposit-return services include reverse vending machines, technical service, material pick-up & processing and deposit settlement, as well as sensor-based sorting solutions for the food, recycling and mining sectors. Local contacts: TOMRA Collection Solutions, [email protected]; Sales Engineer, [email protected]
Sustainability is a central priority in UI operations, academic mission and responsibility to the greater society. UI is well on its way to meeting a waste diversion goal of 60% by 2020. Efforts include a comprehensive recycling program, pre- and post-consumer food waste diversion at all major dining facilities on Main Campus and at UI Hospitals and Clinics, as well as efforts to reduce waste through sustainable purchasing. Learn more about the university’s sustainability initiatives.
Van’s Sanitation and Recycling provides residential, business, industrial and commercial trash and recycling hauling. The company operates a MRF for residential recycling and a shop for commercial recycling.
Vermeer of Iowa and Northern Mo. is a family owned and operated business offering new and used equipment, parts and service. Managed in Pella, the company has three other locations: Marcus, Tipton and Glenwood.
Independently owned and operated since 1990, Was Broken Pallet specializes in pallet recycling and repair. The company’s goal is to provide superior quality and service, helping customers find solutions that fit needs, reduce risk and help businesses grow.
The Waste Authority of Jackson County operates the Jackson County Transfer Station and maintains a closed landfill. All MSW is accepted and a drop off for recyclables is available.
Waste Commission of Scott County is a 28E inter-governmental agency that was established in 1972 and reorganized in 1990. The Commission has planned, sited, built and operates the Scott Area Landfill, Scott Area Recycling Center, Household Hazardous Material Facilities, Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, and iLivehere.
Waste Connections of Iowa, Inc. has served the Des Moines metro area for over 40 years, providing solid waste and recycling services for homes, businesses and temporary construction needs. A variety of container sizes are available, from 2 cubic yard to 8 cubic yard for commercial accounts. Temporary containers range in size from 10 to 40 yards.
WestWind offers a blend of products and services that are designed to get the most out of its customers’ supply chain. Freight services, reverse logistics, pallet management, pallets/crating/packaging and warehousing are offered. In addition, WestWind up-cycles wood waste into fiber and fuel pellets.
The Whirlpool Corporation is committed to sustainability with a goal of Zero Waste to Landfill by 2022. The Whirlpool Amana Appliance Division, which manufactures refrigerators, continually monitors the environmental effects of its business. It does this by creating many new and innovative products that consume less water and energy, and also by improving manufacturing and distribution processes, and using materials that minimize the impact on the planet.
Winner of the Iowa Recycling Association’s 2016 Recycling Facility of the Year, the Winneshiek County Recycling Center processes between 2400-2700 tons (4.8-5.4 million pounds) per year.
Wright County Area Landfill Authority is an Iowa 28E organization taking municipal solid waste and construction and demolition waste. Waste is transported to the Landfill of North Iowa. Materials taken for recycling include appliances, electronics, scrap metal, tires, 12 volt batteries and pesticide containers. Charges apply.
Intern at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, UNI.
Intern at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, UNI.
Intern at the University of Iowa’s Office of Sustainability.
Student worker for the Dubuque Metro Area Solid Waste Agency at Loras College.
Student at Iowa State University and winner of the 2019-20 IRA Diane Albertson Memorial Scholarship.
Intern at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, UNI.
Intern at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, UNI.