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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 Factsheet

DNR Contact
Jennifer Wright

+ Explore the programs offered by FABA
+ Studies & Reports
+ Food Waste

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 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. 

  • ICI Food Waste Study
  • Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Group:  The Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Group is a collaborative effort of individuals and organizations from varying parts of the food system The group determined a white paper should be developed to increase public awareness and promote discussion on food waste in Iowa. The white paper uses the US Environmental Protection Agency Food Recovery Hierarchy as a guide towards explaining where Iowa stands now and how to move our state to become a leader in food waste reduction and diversion efforts.
  • Iowa Schools Food Waste Minimization Toolkit

Food Waste Grant Opportunity

The competitive grant opportunity helps efforts to expand storage and cold storage of donated food. Food banks, food pantries and other non-profit organizations receiving donated food for distribution to food insecure Iowans are eligible to apply.

DNR accepting applications for the Food Storage Capacity Grant offering will close at 4:00pm on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will be held in the event additional funding to continue the grant offering is secured. Applicants will be notified should additional funding become available.

Contact Tom Anderson at tom.anderson@dnr.iowa.gov with questions or comments.

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