UNI student starts curbside recycling business

Photo by mkhaund, Flickr.

Brian Hoyer, a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, has started his own curbside recycling business in Cedar Falls.

The business is called Recycles Rite, and it’s the only curbside recycling service in Cedar Falls.

More than 450 household use Recycles Rite’s service, diverting eight tons of recycled material from the landfill each month.

Read more here.

Cedar Falls hosts friendly energy conservation competition

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Cedar Falls is hosting a friendly competition to help reduce energy use. The competition – called Cool Neighbors – is organized by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education.

The participants will compare their homes’ energy use to their neighbors and to Iowa’s average. Additionally, the event will offer weatherization tips to lower both energy loss and utility bills.

According to the WCF Courier, these events will take place monthly at multiple locations:

A series of monthly events will be held for neighbors from 7 to 8 p.m. on the following dates/locations:

Overman Park residents on Monday in the Cedar Falls Library large conference room.

College Hill Partnership residents Nov. 10, at the CHP office at 23rd and College streets in Cedar Falls.

North Cedar residents Nov. 14 at the Living Water Church of the Nazarene, W. Lonetree Road.


Moving Planet hosts events across Iowa

Sept. 24 is a big day for Moving Planet and they are looking to get Iowans involved.

The organization, which advocates for a decrease in fossil fuel use, is hosting events all around Iowa this weekend in support of their cause.  Participants all across Iowa will be biking, walking, rollerblading and more in support of reducing emissions.

Check out these events taking place across Iowa: Continue reading

Sewage flows into Cedar, Mississippi rivers

Cedar River. Photo by Rachel Dale, Flickr.

Clinton and Cedar Falls both accidentally discharged waste into nearby rivers yesterday.

The Quad-City Times reports:

The city of Clinton has discharged about 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into the Mississippi River.

The state Department of Natural Resources told KCRG-TV that the city discharged the sewage while repairs were made Friday to a 65-foot section of pipe. Continue reading