provides technical assistance, planning, grant writing and grant administration
for solid waste issues and opportunities. Staff assists with the region's
solid waste needs through the Iowa Waste Exchange, recycling activities,
comprehensive planning and retail household waste programs. INRCOG has
also assisted with the creation of numerous brochures, booklets, resource
guides and various promotions to assist with recycling efforts and promoting
the purchase of recycled products.
Each year, INRCOG receives loan and grant funding from
Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to provide a variety of programs
including Retail Signage for Household Hazardous Materials and Solid
Waste Alternative Program (SWAP).
Waste Exchange (IWE)
A waste exchange service is provided for the INRCOG
region through a grant provided by the Recycle
Iowa Office at the Iowa Department of
Economic Development. Iowa Waste Exchange partners include Recycle
Iowa, the IDNR, and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC). Items
identified in the waste stream of area businesses are matched with other
manufacturers, recyclers and end users who are able to use the by-products,
thereby diverting them from the landfill. The IWE program in the INRCOG
region has diverted 96,305 tons with a potential cost savings of $1,899,631.
Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission and Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency each provide a local match
and additional coverage within Black Hawk County and Dubuque County for extended activities
with the Iowa Waste Exchange program and other service activities to promote the services of the IWE program.
Waste Reduction Center (IWRC)
Waste Reduction Center, located on the UNI campus, provides technical
and direct assistance to local business to assist not only with the
Iowa Waste Exchange program but also with toxic chemicals and other
items not desired or prohibited from being land filled.
Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan
Assistance is given with the development of the INRCOG
Waste Comprehensive Plan which identifies the region's waste stream
components and sets goals and objectives for the region. The INRCOG
Comprehensive Plan region is one of two regions in the state of Iowa
that met and exceeded the Year 1996 and Year 2000 waste reduction goals
set by the Iowa Legislature.
Erin Boyd, Environmental Planner
Brian Schoon, Director of Development