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Waste Management of Iowa and the Iowa State Fair Aim to Surpass Recycling Record

Recycle Often, Recycle Right℠: Fairgoers Urged to Recycle Everything from Cans and Bottles to Cardboard

 
Aug. 7, 2014 - PRLog -- Des Moines, IA — For the fifth year in a row,Waste Management (http://www.wm.com) of Iowa is partnering with the Iowa State Fair (http://www.iowastatefair.org/) to expand recycling opportunities at one of the most attended state fairs in the country. This year, Waste Management of Iowa is aiming for a lower waste goal and even higher recycling numbers. Waste Management of Iowa will service 300 recycling containers to make recycling even more convenient for fairgoers.

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
Utilizing environmentally-friendly cleaning products
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/) have partnered together for the over ten years to help maintain litter-free grounds for the Iowa State Fair. Throughout the fair, taking place August 7-17, Waste Management crews will remove the recycled material from the fairgrounds and transport it to a local recycling facility.

"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-us/green-initiatives/) For more information on recyclingand to see what is recyclable in your community, visit wm.com. (http://www.wm.com/thinkgreen/recycling-residential.jsp) For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit 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-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

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.

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