Written by Justin Andrews, Multimedia Reporter - bio | email
IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
In just the last year, recycling in Iowa City has seen a 20% increase in participation.
City officials say it's due to strong efforts in sustainability over the last several years, thanks in part to the drop-off site program.
For Iowa City resident Bob Hradek, he wouldn't have it any other way.
"My kids call me the king of the recyclers," says Hradek. He goes on to say he makes a trip to the drop-off site weekly.
Dave Dunham makes his way to Iowa City's East Side Recycling Center a few times a week too.
"Every once in a while they're full, but I usually come back. Especially the plastic, I got more plastic than anything," said Dunham.
Jen Jordan, recycling coordinator for the city, says the 20% increase equals about 120 tons of recycled material.
"We have to come with the trucks almost everyday to empty these containers with cardboard and plastic, metal, books plastic bags and that type of thing," said Jordan.
She says the rise is specifically due to the three drop-off sites in the city.
Energy used in making cans and bottles along with the processing and shipping says Jordan, is all wasted when it gets used once and thrown away.
"It's great, it's keeping all the stuff out of the landfill," she says. "It means a little bit more revenue for the city because we do get paid from City Carton for some of the materials that we take to them. So the more recycling we have the more revenue we see overall."
Iowa City is right at the state's average in recycling participation, but Joel Wallace says more can still be done.
"Why not reuse what we waste, rather than throwing it in the landfill I think it's a good idea to recycle and reuse it over again," says Wallace, an Iowa City resident.
Jordan says about 75% of what goes into the Iowa City Landfill could be recycled or composted.
She says they will continue to educate and push for apartment recycling in an effort to continue protecting the natural environment.
Saturday, April 19 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:53:05 GMT
Authorities announced charges Friday against a man suspected in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people in the Kansas City area.More >>
After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings...More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:12:10 GMT
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and...More >>
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too...More >>
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.