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IWRC offers free environmental assistance to Iowa small businesses

February 8, 2012

Jim Olson, associate director, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, 319-273-6589,

Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Environmental regulations are a complex and ever-changing challenge for almost every small-business owner, which is why the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa offers a free onsite review program for Iowa businesses with fewer than 200 employees.

"Being in compliance with environmental regulations not only saves your business from potential fines, but also can improve the overall efficiency of the business," said IWRC associate director Jim Olson. "We have conducted more than 3,500 onsite reviews all across the state during the last 20 years. We have seen just about every possible scenario in that time and have been able to help those businesses significantly."

Through the IWRC's free onsite review program, an environmental specialist from the IWRC visits a business and conducts a walkthrough to look at all processes that have an environmental impact. The specialist then generates a report with recommendations that pertain to environmental compliance and process improvements.

"The IWRC is committed to providing small business with free onsite reviews in order to improve environmental aspects of the business as well as ensure the business is in compliance with state and national regulations," Olson said.

Iowa small business owners can call Olson at 1-800-422-3109 or visit to schedule an onsite review with the IWRC.

The Iowa Waste Reduction Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa.