DNR Awards Grants to Help Iowans Reduce Waste Headed to Landfills
Posted: 09/22/2011
DES MOINES - Five Iowa businesses, local governments and organizations received approval from the Environmental Protection Commission for DNR Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) funding on Sept. 20.

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:

Greater Fairfield Habitat for Humanity, Fairfield — $20,000 for a vehicle and staffing to assist with developing a Habitat ReStore. that will serve a six-county area in southeast Iowa. The project goal is to divert an additional 46 tons annually from the landfill of such things as home furnishings and construction items.

Horizons Unlimited of Palo Alto County, Inc., Emmetsburg
— $9,994 for equipment that will help with processing recyclables, as part of the organization’s expanded recycling program. This facility expansion will increase products diverted from the landfill by 48 tons annually.

Regina Education Center, Iowa City — $1,462 to purchase recycling containers and equipment, and develop a campus-wide recycling and education program. The program will divert 21 tons of food waste, plastic, cardboard and paper during the school year.

The ReWall Company, LLC, Des Moines — $380,000 to purchase equipment for manufacturing structural fiberboard that uses recycled beverage cartons and cups in its process. This new material diversion will divert an average of 360 tons from the landfill and create six new skilled jobs.

Webster County, Fort Dodge — $2,688 to purchase recycling containers to collect paper, cardboard and plastics at the Webster County Courthouse, Law Enforcement Center, Department of Human Services and Bank of America annex. An expected 12 tons of paper and cardboard will be diverted from the landfill annually.

SWAP funding is awarded quarterly on a competitive basis with cash and in-kind matches required. Applications for the next round of funding are due to the DNR on Oct. 3, 2011.

More information:
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WasteManagement/BusinessIndustry/FABA/SWAP.aspx