Iowa State Fair Gets Greener: Smashes Recycling Record
Friday, September 13, 2013 Des Moines, IA
DES MOINES, IA— September 13, 2013 —For the third straight year, Waste Management has set a new recycling record at the Iowa State Fair. Waste Management of Iowa recycled nearly 35 tons of waste at the 2013 State Fair, surpassing their 2012 record of 29 tons. This number represents an additional diversion of trash from landfills by 15 percent. In the last three years, the Iowa State Fair has almost doubled the recycling rate since 2011.
“Waste Management of Iowa is excited to see the success of our state fair recycling efforts continue to grow,” said Lisa Disbrow, Waste Management of Iowa spokesperson. “Our goals this year were not only aimed at increasing recycling at the event, but also educating attendees and encouraging them to recycle when they left the fairgrounds.”
Waste Management partnered with Keep Iowa Beautiful again this year to maintain 300 recycling containers throughout the fairgrounds. Waste Management worked with vendors at the fair to encourage recycling, and launched an educational program for the 1200 campers in the campgrounds that led to more than 8.6 tons of recycling in that area alone.
“The Iowa State Fair is proud to demonstrate what is possible when we focus on the importance of being green citizens and lead by example,” said Iowa State Fair CEO and Manager Gary Slater. “By educating attendees and providing convenient recycling opportunities, we are able to set new records year after year.”
The Iowa State Fair is an 11-day event that hosts more than one million attendees. The 2013 Iowa State Fair ended August 18 and the 2014 Fair is August 7-17.
For more information on recycling and to see what is recyclable in your community, visit https://www.wm.com/residential/recycling-services.jsp.
About Iowa State Fair
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair, located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines, is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Nothing Compares to Fair Favorites, August 8-18, 2019. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.