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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
515-452-1794
Jennifer.Wright@dnr.iowa.gov

1 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 Iowa communities with a population of 5,000 and under financial assistance to address the environmental and safety hazards posed by a derelict structure.

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 "How You Live Has An Impact" mobile education exhibit is an all-inclusive experience that includes informative displays, interactive kiosks, educational videos and more. The exhibits display rooms in an average home, the resources we use in those rooms, and easy steps we can take to reduce our expenses while saving natural resources.

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 in six areas of emphasis.

Residential Recycling & Composting

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

3 Food Waste

Food Storage Capacity Grant Opportunity

The DNR is offering the Food Storage Capacity Grant Opportunity to help address food waste, an issue that negatively impacts environmental, economic and social sustainability in Iowa and across the country.

This grant opportunity is designed to expand storage and cold storage of recovered food items. Food banks, food pantries and other non-profit organizations receiving food for distribution to food insecure Iowans are eligible to apply.

Food Storage Capacity Grant Application


Iowa Schools Food Waste Minimization Toolkit


ICI Food Waste Study

ICI Food Waste Study

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