Free Community Training Workshops

  • Learn How to Compost 
  • Learn How to Create Robust Recycling Participation 
  • Learn about PFAS and How it Impacts Your State 

Equipping rural communities with the assistance and knowledge needed to reduce community waste and improve the quality of life with each participating community.

Join us this summer as we visit seven rural communities across the Midwest!
Each workshop will include three hands-on, customized on-site technical training sessions.

During July, August and September our team of industry experts will hold community wide workshops packed with invaluable information and resources. These tailor-made training workshops will give you the tools you need to forge ahead and create a robust diversion program - both recycling and composting. Also learn about the emerging contaminant PFAS and how it impacts your community.


*This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Service. 

Who Should Attend?

Workshops are open to anyone within the participating community however, the following are highly encouraged to attend:

  • Businesses/Organizations
  • Community Leaders
  • Local Government Entities
  • Elected Officials
  • Decision Makers
  • Residents 

Training Details:

Come join us for an informative training workshop to learn how to compost your food scraps and yard waste. The training workshop will include hands-on field exercises to gauge the health of your compost project from checking your bulk density to your moisture content.  Learn how to keep your compost pile healthy and active. 

Once we are finished with compost training, stay to briefly learn about recycling in your community including nearby recycling markets, ideas to make recycling more robust, and how to engage residents to recycle.

Finally, the training workshop will finish with information regarding the emerging contaminant PFAS and how it impacts human health, sources of contamination, if it's been identified in your area, and what the US EPA and your state are doing to address PFAS.

Training available at:

  • Shelbyville
  • Wednesday September 7, 2022
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Dam West at Lake Shelbyville, Ramp Point Picnic Shelter
  • Centerville
  • Thursday August 25, 2022
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Shelter at Lelah Bradley Park | Off of West Cottage Street & 210th Ave

  • Cherokee
  • Wednesday October 19, 2022
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Cherokee Public Library | 215 South 2nd Street | Lower Level Meeting Room

  • Tama
  • Monday September 19, 2022
  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Oak Park | 1511 State Street (Shelter is located on the corner of McClellan and West 17th Streets)

  • Winterset
  • Monday August 22, 2022
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • North Shelter at Winterset City Park | Off of South 9th Street, south of East South Street
  • Ely
  • Monday, July 25, 2022
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Whiteside Park Picnic Pavilion

  • Redwood Falls
  • Tuesday August 9, 2022
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Zeb Gray Shelter at Ramsey Park | County Rd 31

Register today! You can’t afford to miss out!