DES MOINES -- Seven Iowa businesses, local governments and organizations received approval from the Environmental Protection Commission for DNR Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) funding on Dec. 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:
Bluebird Diner, Iowa City -- $8,025 to reconfigure their kitchen and dumpster areas to permit the expansion of their current recycling operations to include organics composting.
City of Sioux Center, Sioux Center -- $20,000 to purchase recycling totes, implement drop-off recycling of glass and elevate promotional efforts to expand and improve current recycling program.
Dickinson County Landfill Commission, Arnolds Park – $14,100 for facility reconfiguration, utility upgrades and equipment to incorporate appliance de-manufacturing at the recycling facility.
Divine Waste, Inc., Mt. Ayr, -- $18,375 for recycling totes to be used to implement a curbside recycling program for residents of Ringgold County and surrounding areas.
5 Star Plumbing, Inc., Anamosa -- $27,700 to purchase a compactor for cardboard recycling and develop environmental sustainability educational materials for its employees.
Iowa City Landfill & Recycling Center, Iowa City -- $18,245 to develop, implement and promote a recycling pilot project for residents of multi-family apartment and condominium complexes.
MIW, Inc., Marshalltown -- $221,250 to replace outdated recycling equipment to provide increased efficiency, operating capacity and sustainability.
SWAP funding is awarded quarterly on a competitive basis and cash or in-kind matches are required. Applications for the next round of funding are due to the DNR on Jan. 3, 2012.