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The Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) works to reduce the amount of solid waste generated and landfilled in Iowa. Through a competitive process, financial assistance is available for a variety of projects, including source reduction, recycling and education.

The program provides financial assistance in the form of forgivable loans, zero interest loans, and 3 percent interest loans. A 25% minimum cash match is required for each budget line item requesting funding assistance. Projects are selected through a competitive process. Emphasis for selected projects is placed on tonnage avoided or reduced, sustainability and ability to replicate.

Any unit of local government, public or private group or individual is eligible to apply for program funds.

Funds can be used for such items as:

  • Waste reduction equipment and installation
  • Recycling, collection, processing, or hauling equipment (including installation)
  • Development, printing and distribution of educational materials
  • Planning and implementation of educational forums, workshops, etc.
  • Purchase and installation of recycled content products
  • Salaries directly related to implementation and operation of the project

DNR Contact DNR Contact

Amy Wilken

Tom Anderson

Application deadlines:

Proposal deadlines – 4:00 PM on the following dates:

  • January 2
  • July 1  

** If any of these dates occurs on a weekend, proposals must be received by 4:00 PM on the next business day.

SWAP’s Online Database:

Visit the SWAP online database to search for information on past projects funded through SWAP. Follow the link and click “Search Projects” to get started!

SWAP Application & Forms


  • Planning Area Descriptions: For project applicants wanting to determine what solid waste planning area their project is in for purposes of Form E.
  • Planning Area Contacts: To determine the contact information for a solid waste planning area.

SWAP Project Dashboard