Iowa State Fair Looks to Increase Recycling, Set New Record
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Des Moines, IA
For the third straight year, Waste Management is partnering with the Iowa State Fair to expand recycling opportunities. This year, organizers hope to set a new recycling record for the event, set August 9-19. Waste Management will service 300 recycling containers throughout the Fairgrounds to make recycling more convenient, an increase of 100 containers over last year’s event.
“By adding more recycling containers on the Fairgrounds, Waste Management hopes to increase recycling at the State Fair and promote environmentally-friendly practices that attendees will continue when they return home,” said Stephanie Regagnon, Waste Management spokesperson. “We increased total recycling at the event by more than 350 percent in 2011, and our goal is to exceed that number in 2012 to keep even more waste out of Iowa’s landfills.”
In addition to providing recycling containers, Waste Management and Keep Iowa Beautiful have partnered together for the past nine years to help maintain litter-free grounds for the Iowa State Fair and move toward increased recycling levels.
Throughout each day of the Fair, Waste Management crews will remove the recycled material from the Fairgrounds and transport it to a local recycling facility. Vendors and concessions stands will also be green again this year. Cardboard will be collected twice a day from concession stands, and recycling containers will be placed near vendor storage areas.
“We are excited to partner with Waste Management to provide Fairgoers with our most eco-friendly fair experience yet,” said Iowa State Fair CEO and Manager Gary Slater. “By working with Waste Management, we are able to provide attendees with countless opportunities to recycle and help keep tons of waste out of the landfill.”
For information on all the green initiatives at the Iowa State Fair, visit http://www.iowastatefair.org/about-us/green-initiatives. For more information on recycling and to see what is recyclable in your community, visit https://www.wm.com/residential/recycling-services.jsp.
About the Iowa State Fair
“Nothing Compares” to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, set August 9-19. Save money on advance admission tickets now through August 8 (while supplies last). For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also one of the largest residential recycler and a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. Bagster is provided by WM Bagco, LLC, a Waste Management company. Collection services provided by a local local operating subsidiary of Waste Management, inc. Bagster, Dumpster in a Bag, Buy. Fill. Gone., and Take It On are marks of WM Bagco, LLC. To learn more, visit www.wm.com or www.thebagster.com.
ABOUT KEEP IOWA BEAUTIFUL
Keep Iowa Beautiful, established in 2000, as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and a nonprofit organization of Iowa citizens, communities, companies and organizations dedicated to empowering Iowans in reducing litter, preventing illegal dumping, increasing the attractiveness of Iowa and growing community enhancement efforts. For more information on Keep Iowa Beautiful, stop at booth number 112 in the Varied Industries Building, or visit www.keepiowabeautiful.com.