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Volunteers Needed to Help Sort Waste in Iowa State Parks
Posted: 06/12/2012
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Green Veterans AmeriCorps members will be leading volunteers in waste audits at Iowa’s state parks this summer.

Volunteers are needed to assist with separating, weighing, documenting, and bagging recyclables for processing.  The information collected will be used to determine the feasibility of onsite recycling in state parks.

Waste audits are planned for:
Lake Manawa State Park, June 18, 9 a.m. – Noon, 
Ledges State Park, June 25, 9 a.m. – Noon,
Rock Creek State Park, June 26, 9 a.m. – Noon,
Lake Anita State Park, July 2, 8:30 a.m. – Noon,
Gull Point State Park, July 9, 8 a.m. – Noon,
Clear Lake State Park, July 16, 8 a.m. – Noon and
Backbone State Park, July 23, 9 a.m. - Noon.

Volunteers should wear clothing suitable for sorting waste and close-toed, comfortable shoes. Other safety equipment and instructions will be provided onsite.

For more information or to pre-register contact Aubrey Flater at or 515-281-8305.  Volunteers will meet at park campgrounds. 

Waste audits are being performed at several state parks may help identify additional sustainability-related opportunities.

Waste sorts are sponsored through partnerships with the DNR Land Quality Bureau, DNR Iowa Green Veterans AmeriCorps program, and Iowa Waste Exchange. For more information on the state park recycling study, contact Tom Anderson at 515-281-8623 or