DNR Awards Grants to Help Iowans Reduce Waste Headed to Landfills
Posted: 06/23/2011

DES MOINES -- Nine Iowa businesses, local governments and agencies received approval from the Environmental Protection Commission for DNR Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) funding on June 21.

SWAP provides grants and loans for projects that reduce the amount of waste generated and landfilled in Iowa, through waste reduction, recycling, operational efficiencies and education efforts.

Approved SWAP projects:

Benton County Sanitary Landfill, Blairstown -- $20,000 for containers and educational materials, to improve its drop-off recycling program for Benton County residents and small businesses.

City of Fonda -- $13,912 for containers and a trailer to be used for curbside and drop-off recycling for households and businesses.

City of Woodbine -- $14,000 for containers to start a curbside recycling program for its 700 households.

East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Cedar Rapids -- $20,000 to assist the Tama County Solid Waste Disposal Commission with purchasing containers and educational materials to update and expand its drop-off recycling program for Tama County residents and businesses.

KAL Services, Inc., Pella -- $147,125 for equipment to expand single-stream recycling services in southeast Iowa.

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids -- $60,000 for equipment and educational materials to launch an on-campus paper, plastics and metals recycling program.

Krajicek Pallet, Inc., Denison -- $502,433 for equipment and an outbuilding to increase the company’s waste wood processing capacity.

RAS Suppliers, LLC, Marion -- $300,000 for equipment to augment the company’s capability to recycle asphalt shingles.

Sears Manufacturing Co., Davenport -- $12,263 for equipment to collect, separate and bale shrink wrap, thin foam and plastic banding for recycling.

SWAP funding is awarded quarterly on a competitive basis. Applications for the next round of funding are due to the DNR on July 1, 2011.