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Recycling Can Keep Iowa Fall Events Green

Recycling stands can help prevent debris left behind after an event. (Bob B. Brown/Flickr)
Recycling stands can help prevent debris left behind after an event. (Bob B. Brown/Flickr)
September 12, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa – Overflowing trash cans and debris on the ground can be signs of a great party, but what's not so great is when all that trash ends up in the state's landfills.

Recycling can help keep some of the debris out, and Metro Waste Authority offers event recycling stands free of charge.

Jenny Koska, the Authority’s education and outreach coordinator, says the stands are becoming popular as more Iowans look for ways to live green.

"We actually just filled out a grant to get 150 more stands for people to use, so we're really excited with the number of people who are using them in the community,” she relates. “It's a great resource, and everyone's looking for different ways that they can be better to the earth.”

Koska notes the stands were used at the 80/35 Music Festival and the Iowa State Fair, but are also appropriate for weddings and other events.

Landfills in Iowa took in more 2.5 million tons of debris in fiscal year 2015.

When reserving a recycling stand, trash containers can also be purchased.

Koska explains it's important to minimize the amount of contamination that ends up in the recycling containers.

"When they're dropped off at the Materials Recovery Center, the first thing that happens when all of that goes through is, there are people that are on the line, and they just pull out waste that is put in as contamination,” she explains. “But we really try to stop that from happening.”

The Metro Waste Authority has an event recycling guide available online with recycling tips, as well as information on how to reserve recycling stands.

The website is WhereItShouldGo.com.



Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IA