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IWRC launches online food waste reduction resource

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Dan Nickey, senior program manager, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, 319-273-6588, dan.nickey@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) has added a new online resource to its arsenal with the launch of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project. This online initiative is part of an effort to distribute resources and information, which will help businesses, organizations and individuals reduce food waste and divert it from the landfills.

"There was a clear need for Iowa food generators to have access to information and resources to reduce their food waste and divert it from the landfill," says Dan Nickey, senior program manager at the IWRC.

Created to provide a centralized location for food waste information, the online portion of this project includes resources, outlets, case studies, information for food waste generators and much more. "This will be an ongoing project. The information and resources supplied on the website will be continually updated. This summer an interactive map will also be added where users can find outlets, based on their location, to properly dispose of food waste allowing it to become a valuable resource instead of disposal in a landfill," continues Nickey.

In addition, a series of workshops will be held around the state throughout the rest of 2013 to provide education on this topic.

The Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project was funded through a Solid Waste Alternative Program grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

For more information, visit foodwaste.iwrc.org.

About Iowa Waste Reduction Center. The IWRC has been providing environmental services including business assistance, industry training, as well as research and development for nearly 25 years. The IWRC is a non-profit organization, part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit www.iwrc.org.