Iowa DNR sets meeting on new approach to waste management, Sep. 28, 2021

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is transitioning to a new solid waste management system for the state after nearly 40 years of “relatively little change” in the laws. Now contracting with SCS Engineers, the new system would manage the entire “life cycle” of materials – including design, raw material extraction, manufacture, transport, consumption, use, reuse, cycling and disposal – instead of solely their disposal so resources and waste can be “managed in the most beneficial way” for the economy, the environment, and social impacts, said Iowa Department of Natural Resources Financial & Business Assistance Supervisor Jennifer Wright.

Social impacts include changes in purchasing habits based on sustainability factors.