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Food waste reduction workshop scheduled for Oct. 30

October 16, 2013

Joe Bolick, Communications and Grants Manager, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, 319-273-6577,
Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- America is losing up to 40 percent of its food to waste according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. A workshop on Oct. 30 at the Des Moines Public Library will explore the food waste issue and focus on methods to reduce food waste and divert it from the landfill.

Hosted by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, the workshop will include presentations and discussions from regional experts such as Aubrey Martinez, director from Eat Greater Des Moines at the Iowa Food Systems Council and Shelly Codner, Area 2 representative from the Iowa Waste Exchange. IWRC specialists will also speak as well as a panel of representatives from area organizations and businesses who will identify the challenges to food waste reduction and diversion.

Registration for the one-day workshop is $10, which includes lunch; zero-waste services will be provided by RecycleMeIowa. For more information and to register, visit

The workshop is being held as part of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project which is funded through a Solid Waste Alternative Program grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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