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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Disposable masks can have environmental impact, UI sustainability experts say

While three main types of facial coverings are currently being used to slow the spread of COVID-19 — reusable, disposable or plastic face shields – experts are looking at how these masks and the virus are affecting the environment.


Midwest recycling operator expands with commercial plant

Quincy Recycle has opened its eighth recycling facility to handle material from back-of-house commercial and industrial settings, underscoring opportunity in these areas despite a pandemic-driven decline in commercial material generation.


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.



Oct 27

National Recycling Strategy Webinar

he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a draft National Recycling Strategy and is now seeking public input through December 4th, 2020. The draft National Recycling Strategy identifies strategic objectives and actions needed to cre

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Oct 28

Webinar - Container Deposit Laws Taking their Effectiveness to the Next Level through Global Best Practices

Container deposit laws received renewed attention during the COVID-19 pandemic as many states suspended, or suspended enforcement, of their so-called bottle bill laws. 

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