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March 5, 2015

2015 Environmental Impact Awards

Envir. Impact Award LogoIn central Iowa, we are very fortunate to have many organizations that make environmentally sustainable practices a priority. To recognize their efforts and identify the positive impact they make on our communities, the Environmental Impact Awards were established.

Partners Make the Environmental Impact Awards Possible
Des Moines Water Works joins Greater Des Moines Partnership, Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) and Metro Waste Authority to recognize local organizations and leaders dedicated to sustainability in the Greater Des Moines area. If you know, or are associated with an organization that should be recognized for their efforts, please consider submitting an award application for the Environmental Impact Awards.

Applications Available Online

You can nominate an organization in these areas:

Best water management practices will receive a special honor.

Applications for the Environmental Impact Awards will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11.

2015 Award Recipients Announced on Earth Day
Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22. Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon on May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Windsor Heights Community Center in Colby Park.

For more information, contact the Greater Des Moines Partnership at (515) 286-4950.

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Labels: , , , , , , Posted in Conservation, Customers, Environment, Water Quality November 1, 2012

Where Does it Go?

Most people want to help the environment by doing the right thing, but they don’t always know where it should go.  Properly disposing of unwanted items is important to keep pollution off the street and out of our source water.  Here are some of the things that people often have questions about.

Plastic bottles:  Bottles with twist-off lids (e.g. milk, water, detergent, mayonnaise, medicine bottles) can be recycled in your CurbIt! cart.  Rinse them out and the lid can be left on or off.  If they contained hazardous materials, throw the bottle out if empty.

Plastic containers:  Only margarine and yogurt containers can be recycled.  Rinse out and throw lids in trash.  Sour cream and ice cream containers cannot be recycled.

Cardboard milk and juice cartons:  Rinse out and recycle in CurbIt! cart.

Phonebooks:  Recycle in CurbIt! cart.

Aerosol cans:  If held non-hazardous materials and are empty, recycle in CurbIt! cart.

Shredded paper:  Can be recycled by putting in paper sack or box (not plastic bag) and placing in CurbIt! cart.

Light bulbs:  Throw incandescent bulbs in trash and take fluorescent bulbs to Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-off in Bondurant.

Plastic bags:  Take to grocery store that has containers for recycling them – do not put them in your recycling cart.

Batteries:  Rechargeable batteries (lithium, cadmium) and car batteries should be taken to the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-offAlkaline batteries can be throw in the garbage or taken to Batteries Plus, Interstate Battery or Home Depot.

Packing peanuts:  Take to a UPS store to be reused.

Hazardous chemicals (toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive):  If still some left in the container, take to Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-off, if empty, throw container in trash.

Medicines:  Check out the Iowa Pharmaceutical Take Back Program at  or double-bag them and put them in the trash.

Yard waste:  Never put in the trash! Put in CompostIt! bags at the curb to be picked up.

To find out more, check out Metro Waste Authority’s  “Where It Should Go Guide” for a list of where everything from A to Z should go.

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Labels: , , , , Posted in Customer Service, Education, Environment August 31, 2011

Encourage Recycling at Home

Recycling has been part of the daily routine for most families for over 15 years.  If your family isn’t on board yet, the good news is that it’s never too late to start!  You just need a recycling container or a convenient drop-off site and a little time to educate the family on what can and can’t be recycled. Making sure the recyclable items are clean and dry before they go in the container is important as well.  

Most likely, your school-age children can recycle at school, too, so chances are good that the youngsters in our communities will grow up with the recycling habit. They learn that waste paper, cardboard, metal, plastic and glass aren’t always “garbage” but can be a resource for reuse.  

There are so many reasons to recycle!  We can preserve natural resources, save space at our local landfill and reduce energy usage and pollution in the “re-manufacturing” process.  We also want to encourage the purchasing of recycled materials.  Many school supplies – pencils, paper, folders and back packs, to name a few – are often made from recycled materials. Companies that sell items containing recycled content are proud to do so, and that information can be found on the packaging if we just take an extra moment to look.


Mary Gillaspey is the Education Specialist at Metro Waste Authority. Des Moines Water Works and Metro Waste Authority partner together for the Urban Environmental Partnership.  The Partnership offers classroom programs and tours to the metro area.

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