With the recent expansion of the main recycling facility and the assistance of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the City is now able to recycle expanded foam material commonly called Styrofoam. This is material that is commonly found as packaging in new appliances, televisions and other fragile items. The City was awarded a $20,000.00 Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) grant to help offset the cost of purchasing the equipment used to densify the material into a recyclable commodity.
Residents now have the option to drop off Styrofoam materials at the main recycling facility located at 15th and Bluff Streets and at two remote locations: Green Hill Village near the water tower and at UNI near the power plant. Residents are required to bag small packing “peanuts" to prevent them from escaping the container.
Very Important - Styrofoam food containers must be clean and free of all food residue – No exceptions.
This Styrofoam Densifying Project was prepared with the support of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Agreement Number 16-G550-02FL. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of IDNR.