About this project:
The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) was contracted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to investigate food waste generation in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sectors throughout the state of Iowa. This project identified Iowa’s ICI food waste generators, documented generation characteristics and calculated food waste generation rates. This online version of the ICI database is a condensed version of the original ICI database.
It should be noted that the Iowa ICI Food Waste Generator Study was a theoretical study of food waste generated in the state of Iowa and it does not document actual characteristics of Iowa food waste generators and generation rates. The rates were calculated based on generation factors derived from previous academic and industry research. The methodology used in this project and the citation for these sources for generation rates from each ICI category is documented below. Utilizing this established methodology provides a snapshot in time of food waste generation rates in Iowa. The generation rates were calculated based on generation characteristics collected in the fall of 2014. The data from this project should not be used to measure or characterize current generation rates and characteristics of individual Iowa food waste generators.
One aspect of the Iowa ICI Food Waste Generator Study was to gather important information from ICI food waste generators including food waste generation rates. The information obtained from the project surveys of food manufacturers and distributors, and past similar studies from the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts determined it was not possible to develop reliable generation rates from these generator categories. Based on this analysis, food waste generation rates from food manufacturers and distributors are not included in this project’s findings.
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