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.


Pandemic adds to existing recycling market strife

“It’s every possible challenge you could imagine, I think,” said a chief economist for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

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China moves closer to complete import ban

A recent policy revision is the latest evidence the country will further restrict and potentially end all “waste” imports.


Recycling backlog causing problems for dairy farmers, others

Bottles and cans are piling up in Iowa because grocery stores are not taking them back due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Aug 19

Webinar: The Path Forward

Coordinators of recycling programs across the country are grappling with budget constraints and ongoing safety concerns. At the same time, residents and elected officials are hoping for sustainability efforts to find new ways to blossom. Learn more.

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Sep 14

Waste Expo Together Online

We're taking the experience of WasteExpo?— the largest waste and recycling event in North America?— and delivering it right to you online. You don't want to miss this. It's WasteExpo Reimagined.

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