On the Radio: Iowa City businesses use composting to reduce waste


Compost pile. Photo by bunchofpants, Flickr.
Compost pile. Photo by bunchofpants, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the efforts of Iowa City businesses to reduce waste through composting.

Businesses in and around Iowa City are using composting to reduce their impact on the environment.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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Kinnick Stadium recycling plan successful during first game


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During last Saturday’s football game at Kinnick Stadium, the University of Iowa’s new recycling efforts were very successful.

More than two tons of recyclable materials and 620 pounds of food waste were collected. This reduced the amount of waste that would have gone to the landfill by 40 percent.

The recycling team aims to increase the amount of waste diverted from the landfill to 60 percent this season.

Much of the food waste gathered is being used for composting.

Read more here.

UI’s Hillcrest Dining hall may switch to tray-less dining


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The University of Iowa plans to eliminate the use of trays in the Hillcrest Dining Hall this semester.

Using trays causes an increase in water waste, since the trays have to be cleaned in addition to plates and silverware. It also causes an increase in food waste because students who use trays tend to fill the trays with more food than they can consume.

Iowa State University already switched to tray-less dining. This change caused a 39 percent reduction in food waste.

Read an opinion article about the benefits of tray-less dining here.

On the Radio: Go green this holiday season


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Check out this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  It discusses ways to cut waste during the upcoming holidays.

This Thanksgiving, go green for the environment!

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

On Thanksgiving, and through the rest of the holiday season, Americans increase their trash production. The holidays account for an additional 2 billion pounds each week in our landfills. Continue reading