Waste Planning & Recycling

The Financial and Business Assistance (FABA) team at the DNR is committed to helping Iowa’s environmental future in ways that positively impact our economy and society. The team is equipped to work with Iowa citizens, businesses and communities to provide financial and technical assistance resulting in cost-effective improvements, opportunities for increased productivity and positive environmental impacts. Working together, we can achieve a cleaner environment and stronger economy through sustainable use of natural resources and effective waste management and pollution prevention activities.

FABA Fact Sheet

Explore the programs offered by FABA:

Comprehensive Planning - Every five years each Planning Area must undergo a Plan Update process requiring evaluation of progress towards goals with input from stakeholders. DNR collaborates with Planning Areas to review Plan Updates to ensure that each meets code requirements.

Derelict Building Program - This program was established to provide small Iowa communities and rural counties financial assistance to address neglected structures in order to improve the appearance of their streets and revitalize local economies.

Household Hazardous Materials - The Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) program offers a variety of guidance and information on the proper management, use and disposal of HHMs to protect public health and safety and the environment.

Iowa Green List – The Iowa Green List is a web-based, searchable directory that allows visitors to find local contractors and vendors who offer recycling, reuse, and disposal services. Visitors may search by material, physical location, or type of service. Search results display contact information, operation hours, and materials accepted.

Iowa Waste Exchange - The Iowa Waste Exchange (IWE) is a no-cost, non-regulatory service matching clients that have byproduct materials with other groups interested in using or recycling those materials. IWE representatives coordinate the confidential exchanges.

Mobile Education Exhibit - The Mobile Education Exhibit was created to showcase environmental topics and is an all-inclusive education experience that includes informative displays, touch screen computers with games, flat screen televisions and more.

Pollution Prevention Services - Companies can save money, increase profits, operate more efficiently and improve the environment through Pollution Prevention (P2) Services. P2 Services provides confidential, non-regulatory technical assistance at no cost to Iowa businesses and industries.

Pollution Prevention Intern Program - A nationally recognized program that matches Iowa college students with companies to identify P2 strategies.

Solid Waste Alternatives Program - Through a competitive process any unit of local government, public or private group or individual is eligible to apply for Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) assistance to fund a variety of projects including source reduction, recycling and education.

Solid Waste Environmental Management System (EMS) - Now Iowa has an alternative voluntary program for solid waste planning areas and permitted facility service areas called the Iowa Solid Waste Environmental Management System (EMS) program. EMS encourages responsible environmental management while promoting environmental stewardship and continuous improvement. Iowa's EMS program promotes six areas of emphasis, called Components.

Residential Recycling & Composting

Regulated Facilities - State and federal environmental regulation and compliance assistance for permitted facilities.

DNR Contact
Jennifer Wright

Additional Resources:



Groups working to reduce the amount of solid waste generated and sent to landfills in Iowa can apply for financial assistance. April 1st is the next application deadline.

Through the DNR’s Solid Waste Alternatives Program, or SWAP, local governments, groups and individuals can apply for financial assistance. Applications are accepted quarterly.

Following input from local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, changes have been made to how SWAP assistance is distributed. Three types of financial assistance can be awarded to applicants competitively selected to receive SWAP funding: a forgivable loan, a zero interest loan, and a 3 percent interest loan. The type of financial assistance awarded to selected project applicants is based on the total amount awarded to the applicant.

The new award disbursement for projects will occur as follows:

  • First $10,000 of an award is eligible as a forgivable loan
  • Next $50,000 of an award is eligible as a zero interest loan
  • The remainder of an award is eligible as a 3 percent interest loan

For more information and application materials, visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Land-Quality/Waste-Planning-Recycling/SWAP or contact Tom Anderson at tom.anderson@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-8323.

Become part of the Planet Patrol:

Check out the Planet Patrol series of short environmental videos by kids for kids (10 to 15 year olds).

For a copy of the DVD with the Planet Patrol & Trailer videos, please contact Amy Wilken at Amy.Wilken@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-8349.