The West Central Iowa Solid Waste Management Commission, whose headquarters are located in Carroll, is reporting that its rural recycling sites have become littered with unrecyclable trash.
Mary Wittry, who is the regional contact for West Central Iowa Solid Waste Management, told the Denison Bulletin Review that the rural recycling services could lose funding because of all the trash being dumped into the recycling trailers.
“Rural recycling services face possible elimination of funding due to the vast amount of garbage being dumped into the trailers,” Wittry told the publication. “...The contamination of trash found in our rural recycle trailers places an unnecessary financial burden on the association to sort and ultimately landfill this material, ... and could lead to rejection of our recyclables at the mill.”
In Iowa, the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act was established in 1989 and required all counties and cities to establish recycling programs. West Central Iowa Solid Waste Management reports that since that date, more than 139,000 tons have been collected, processed and sent to manufacturers.