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Workshop to investigate food waste

December 11, 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 – A workshop exploring the environmental, social, economic and legislative issues surrounding food waste will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Loras College Alumni Campus Center in Dubuque. In Iowa, almost 14 percent of municipally land-filled waste comes from food.

The workshop, which is hosted by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) through the University of Northern Iowa, will include presentations and discussions investigating the issue from a variety of perspectives, including business and legislative. Restaurants, food service providers, businesses, nonprofits and other organizations that deal with food are urged to attend to learn methods to reduce the amount of wasted food. Registration for the one-day workshop is $10 and includes a hot buffet.

IWRC provides environmental services, including business assistance, industry training, research and development. IWRC is a nonprofit organization through Business and Community Services at UNI.

The event is sponsored by Green Dubuque, the City of Dubuque, IWRC, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency and Iowa Rep. Charles Isenhart. For additional information and to register, visit