2018 RECYCLING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Recycler of the Year

Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls

Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of 100% recycled plastic products for over 30 years. PRIF provides closed-loop programs by collecting and recycling over 5 million pounds of scrap plastic annually and converting it to viable, cost-effective site furnishing such as park benches and picnic tables.

Green Project Award

Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency

With global e-waste expected to top 50 billion tons by the end of 2018, the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency partnered with New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) to provide week-long programs on e-waste and resource recovery. The program, Tech Trash or Treasure, had students from 1st through 6th grades de-manufacturing items from VCRs to smartphones in a non-destructive way, learning about repairability and recoverability while studying the electronics-recycling process.

Community Engagement Award

Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce established a community Fix-It Day as part of a “Money-Wise Week” to extend product lifecycles, save money and reduce solid waste generation. The 2018 Fix-It Day was a success with a total of 27 participants and 18 repaired items. Participants appreciated the repair education provided by volunteer handypersons.

Honorable Mention

Hy-Vee Chariton Distribution Center

Hy-Vee’s Chariton Distribution Center is a hub for product distribution to more than 245 Hy-Vee stores. The 95-acre campus comprises 1.3 million square feet of warehouse operations for grocery, produce, frozen, health/beauty/cosmetics and pharmacy, as well as a graphics department, truck shop and grounds maintenance. As of June 2018, the center achieved a Platinum Level certification under the TRUE Zero Waste rating system, with a 12-month diversion rate prior to certification of 99.15 percent.