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September 25, 2014

Recycling record set at Iowa State Fair

Katherine Klingseis, kklingseis@dmreg.comĀ 8:52 p.m. CDT September 18, 2014

Waste Management broke a recycling record at this year’s Iowa State Fair, officials announced Thursday.

The company recycled almost 54 tons of waste during the 11-day Iowa State Fair this year. This beat the previous record of 35 tons set last year, according to a Waste Management news release.

“We continue to set a new standard for recycling each year,” Waste Management of Iowa spokeswoman Lisa Disbrow said in the news release. “We’re working to change the mindset of fairgoers so that recycling becomes second nature at these events.”

Waste Management worked with Keep Iowa Beautiful to maintain 300 recycling containers on the fairgrounds. The company also worked the vendors at the fair and used social media to raise awareness of recycling.

In an effort to make the fair more environmentally friendly, Waste Management used compressed natural gas vehicles. The vehicles can reduce greenhouse gases by more than 21 percent compared to diesel engines.

Waste Management plans to maintain “an increased focus on containerized recycling with vendors and a continued push for compostable materials at the fair” in the future, the release stated.

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