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DNR Solid Waste Alternatives Program Awards Announced
Posted: 12/19/2013
DES MOINES – Nine Iowa businesses, local governments and organizations will receive financial assistance through the DNR Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP). The program provides forgivable, zero and 3 percent loans for selected projects that reduce the amount of solid waste generated and landfilled.

SWAP funding is awarded quarterly on a competitive basis (January, April, July and October). A minimum of 25 percent cash match is required. Applications for the next round of funding are due to the DNR no later than Jan. 2, 2014. Application forms can be found at

Recently approved SWAP projects include:

Midwest Organic Solutions, Farley – $86,250 to purchase a mobile grinder to grind clean wood and drywall received at their compost facility and to provide mobile yard and land debris grinding services for nearby towns and counties. Composted organics provide a nutrient-rich amendment to soil with significant water holding properties.

Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Cedar Rapids – $20,000 to improve the asphalt shingle recycling program by replacing the current dirt surface with an asphalt pad on which shingle contractors can unload and recovered shingles can be processed. Recycling asphalt shingles can decrease dependence on foreign and domestic oil, reuses previously mined aggregate, generates revenue and conserves landfill space.

Christian Relief of Supplies and Services, Osceola – $19,656 to purchase handling and baling equipment, and a pickup to collect and recycle additional unusable textiles and corrugated cardboard from partnering agencies and businesses throughout south-central Iowa. The project will address current capacity constraints and expand the numerous services provided.

United Fire Group, Cedar Rapids – $23,462 to install a co-mingled recycling compactor that will reduce storage space required recyclables collected in-house and awaiting pickup. The project will allow additional recyclables to be recovered.

City Carton Recycling, Iowa City – $55,000 to purchase and operate a low-flow foam densifier to accept and economically collect Styrofoam waste. The project will divert from the landfill, each year, the amount of Styrofoam equal to the volume of a typical two story house.

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls – $14, 679 to conduct a two-year interdisciplinary education initiative by offering two two-part workshops for current and future kindergarten to sixth grade teachers to incorporate environmental education into the classroom that meets core education requirements. The project’s goal is to provide students an understanding of how behavioral choices impact the environment and will help to instill a lifetime environmental ethic.

Armour-Eckrich Meats, Mason City – $19,218 to renovate an existing structure to keep organic waste generated at the meat processing plant from freezing prior to delivery to a local digester facility. Using the local digester keeps the organic material out of the landfill. Organic decomposition in a landfill generates methane, a serious contributor to greenhouse gases and climate change.

City of Cherokee – $20,000 to purchase and distribute curbside recycling totes to improve recycling convenience and increased recovery of household recyclable resources.

Save and Pave, Sioux City – $660,000 to purchase mobile grinders for processing asphalt shingles in numerous west and west-central Iowa counties. Asphalt shingles do not readily decompose in the landfill and if recycled, have several beneficial uses such as in roadway construction. The primary grinder will also allow the company to grind additional materials such as wood and concrete for use in new applications.