Last year, Waste Management of Iowa and the Iowa State Fair shattered a record, recycling nearly 35 tons of waste at the state fair. The company also launched an educational program on recycling for the 1,200 campers in the campgrounds that led to more than 8.6 tons of recycling in that area alone.
In addition to promoting recycling opportunities at the fair, the company’s use of its CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles is an effort to move toward zero waste at the fair. These CNG vehicles are powered by natural gas and release fewer emissions thandiesel trucks. The trucks can reduce greenhouse gas by over 21 percent compared to diesel engines.
“This year, we are looking to set a new precedent for recycling at state fairs,” said Waste Management of Iowa spokesperson Lisa Disbrow. “We want fairgoers to come in with the mindset that they will recycle as much as they can during their time at the fair. Every year, we recycle more and more, and work to educate fairgoers, so we see this change in mindset happening in a big way.”
What can be recycled/what we are doing to recycle:
More than 300 recycling containers throughout the grounds for fairgoer use
Recycling containers in the campgrounds
Partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful to maintain litter-free grounds
Recycling containers for cardboard placed near storage areas for food vendors and merchants
Cardboard collected twice a day from concessionaires throughout the grounds
Program for recycling plastic cups during overnight grounds clean-up
Collecting and recycling cooking oil
Remember to do your part at the fair and Recycle Often, Recycle Right℠.
Waste Management of Iowa and Keep Iowa Beautiful (http://www.keepiowabeautiful.com/
"Visitors to the Iowa State Fair have the opportunity to not only experience one of the greatest state fairs in the nation, but also the cleanest and one of the greenest in our country,” said Gerald Schnepf, Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful. “Through the efforts of the state fair board and staff, and the work of Waste Management, this State Fair demonstrates how easy it is to recycle at the fair. Iowans and visitors can be proud - Keep Iowa Beautiful!"
For information on all the green initiatives at the Iowa State Fair, click here. (http://www.iowastatefair.org/
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT OF IOWA
Waste Management, Inc. based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is the largest residential recycler in North America and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill-gas-
ABOUT KEEP IOWA BEAUTIFUL
Keep Iowa Beautiful, established in 2000 is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a nonprofit organization of Iowa citizens, communities, companies and organizations dedicated to empowering Iowans in reducing litter, preventing illegal dumping, increasing the attractiveness of Iowa and growing community enhancement efforts. For more information on Keep Iowa Beautiful, visit www.keepiowabeautiful.com.