Welcome to the Iowa Recycling Association

The Iowa Recycling Association (IRA) is a statewide non-profit serving its members who are vested in the recycling industry. Through ongoing communication, representation and education, the IRA strives to advance recycling practices across the state. Existing and potential members are invited to actively participate in upcoming events, attend Board meetings and take advantage of education opportunities. The IRA is continually evolving to better serve you. Let us know how we can help!

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Davenport Community Schools

Long before “going green” and “sustainability” were common eco-terms, Davenport Community Schools was incorporating environmentally friendly practices into everyday business. By the mid-2000s, the school’s recycling program was already a decade old and had won a grant from Iowa’s Solid Waste Alternatives Program and an award from the Iowa Recycling Association.

In 2020, the District’s go-green efforts are still going strong. Last year, the District was awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon District Sustainability award, and was one of five school districts nationwide to receive a District Scholarship Award from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

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COVID-19 impacts on recycling tonnages

The shift away commercial to increased residential recycling generation may carry major financial implications.


Pandemic alters – and threatens – supply chain for end users

Manufacturers cite importance of curbside recycling as feedstock, while processors see changes in demand as consumer spending shifts.


Landfills waive bans on yard waste over COVID-19

Iowa and other states’ bans have been suspended as part of an effort to keep landfills operational.



Sep 24

Webinar: Single-Use Plastics & Circular Economy Influencing Global Packaging Policy

Countries around the world are implementing policies that reflect the growing risk around single-use plastic and packaging.

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Sep 24

Webinar: New International Requirements for Exports and Imports of Plastic Recyclables

This webinar will explain the new international requirements for exports and imports of plastic recyclables or scrap.

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