Across our state, food waste is the most prevalent landfilled material. From 1998-2011, Iowa landfills have seen an increase of 62% in food waste disposal. The problems with food waste are multifaceted and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center is taking a comprehensive approach to address this issue. Initially awarded a Solid Waste Alternatives Program grant from Iowa Department of Natural Resources to develop the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project, the IWRC is currently funded through the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service grant to educate and promote food waste reduction and composting across the state.

Click on the images below to learn more about specific ways to battle the food waste problems for your home or business sector.

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Outlet Map

Search near you for locations of pantries, food banks, compost facilities, biodigesters and more.


Learn about the regulations regarding composting, donations and more in a summarized form.

Case Studies

Read what Iowa businesses and organizations are doing in the fight against food waste.


Find reduction supplies vendors including compost supplies, haulers, tracking software and more.


How much food is wasted? What is its effect on energy? Check out Food Waste by the Numbers.


Click on the videos and images below to learn more about food waste and what you can do to make a difference.

The IWRC produced this video highlighting the food waste problem in Iowa and the steps you can take to help:


This video, featuring our very own Dan Nickey, aired on public television stations across the midwest this fall:

Click below to check out IWRC's food waste reduction tips and learn more about the Rural Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project!

Food Waste Reduction Tips