- Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency
Get your back yard ready for Fourth of July barbecues. Take yard waste to Solid Waste Agency. Pick up some free paint from the Solid Waste Agency Swap Shop.
- University of Northern Iowa
Join the Iowa Food Systems Council’s Food Access & Health Work Group (FAHWG) and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, at the University of Northern Iowa, to address the growing problem of food waste in Iowa. The FAHWG Summer Gathering will offer new opportunities to learn about the challenges of handling food waste and innovative strategies for reducing food waste from field to plate to landfill, including diverting food from the waste stream back into the food system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the UNI student garden or the compost facility and round out the day with strategizing opportunities to increase visibility of the problems of food waste and ways to reduce waste throughout Iowa’s food system. Registration is free and includes refreshments and lunch.
Exhibit space will be available in the CEEE Rotunda for organizations to share information. Please contact Dan Nickey at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to exhibit. Carpooling is encouraged.
9:00 am Registration, Networking & Refreshments – CEEE Rotunda
9:30 am Welcome & Introductions – CEEE Auditorium
10:00 am Food Waste: A Multi-Faceted Problem
Dan Nickey, Senior Program Manager, Iowa Waste Reduction Center.
This presentation will provide an overview of the statewide problem of the generation of
excess food and current disposal options. It will review EPA’s food recovery hierarchy,
current state policies and potential solutions. The session will inspire the audience to be
active participants in addressing this dynamic issue.
10:30am Food System Strategies for Reducing Food Waste in Iowa
This dynamic panel will share innovative approaches to reducing food waste throughout
the food system. Panelists will share a primary challenge with reducing food waste and
opportunities for further reducing food waste in Iowa’s landfills.
12:00 pm Lunch & Networking – CEEE Rotunda
12:30 pm Tours (optional)
UNI Student Garden or UNI Compost Facility (weather pending)
1:15 pm Overview of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project
Jenny Trent, Environmental Specialist, Iowa Waste Reduction Center
The focus of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction project is to reduce the generation of food
waste and encourage the responsible management of excess food. Through the project's
interactive website, entities can find locations that accept all types of food waste in lieu of
landfilling and also provides other valuable resources to assist in the reduction of food
1:45 pm Feed the Folks and Starve the Landfills: Generating Solutions for Reducing Food Waste in
Small group discussions to generate innovative solutions for addressing food waste in
2:30 pm FAHWG Public Policy Discussion
This interactive dialog will identify key advocacy messages of FAHWG and determine
necessary legislative action and lobbying efforts needed to encourage that action.
3:30 pm Evaluation & Adjourn
Registration is required to guarantee lunch and to ensure the availability of meeting materials.
- United States
Started in 1997. America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day in the USA dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.