Composting & Organics

About 46 percent of the waste landfilled in Iowa is organic. Organics include wood, food, paper and yard wastes.

By diverting organic material from the landfill, Iowa can add value to its agricultural products and expand markets for recycled goods. One of the best opportunities for organics diversion is composting. Here are several programs and resources to learn more about composting and organics recycling in Iowa.

Composting Guidelines

Composting Resources

  • Compost and Mulch Demonstration Projects
  • Iowa Waste Exchange - The Iowa Waste Exchange (IWE) is one of the nation's premier materials exchange programs. There is a booming market for byproducts and wastes produced by Iowa institutions and businesses.
  • America's Second Harvest - Domestic hunger relief organization that provides information on facilities accepting food donations as an alternative for edible food products.
  • National Recycling Coalition - NRC is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of recycling, source reduction, composting and reuse by providing technical information, education, training, outreach and advocacy to members.
  • BioCycle - BioCycle Journal of Composting and Recycling provides information on all aspects of composting, including the latest in scientific findings and composting projects.
  • United States Composting Council - The U.S. Composting Council is involved in research, public education, composting and compost standards, expansion of compost markets and the enlistment of public support.
  • California Integrated Waste Management Board - Information on the compost/mulch industry, farming, commercial landscaping, gardening uses and purchasing information.
  • Composting Council of Canada - This site provides an overview of composting and the composting industry in Canada.
  • Cornell University Composting - Useful information about composting.
  • Iowa Fertilizer Law - Contains the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardships-Iowa Fertilizer Law.