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Group at UNI trying to reduce food waste at Iowa landfills


According to a study by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 14% of Iowa landfills is food waste.

Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) on the University of Northern Iowa's campus has a goal this year.

It's to reduce the large amount of food waste going into the landfills, but they are specifically looking at large institutions that waste food.

"So we are trying to divert the food from the landfill to possibility composting operations, food pantries, animal feed operations and even energy recovery," said Dan Nickey, the Program Manager of IWRC.

The group is in the process of setting up a web site where all you have to do is put in your zip code and it will tell you where you can compost or donate your food.

They say this way the food can be of a benefit somewhere else.

"If you can divert it to composting, you are taking that waste and turning it into a reusable resource that can be reused. Or even better yet if you can take food to the food pantry now you are using that waste as a resource for it's original use and feed people," said Nickey.

The Iowa Waste Reduction Center just got the funding to start this project. The project is being funded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

They hope the web site is up and running in February.

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