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SCISWA Poster Contest Winners Announced

2017 poster contest winner holding her artwork and calendar cover

2017 poster contest winner holding her artwork and calendar coverOver 300 posters–created by third, fourth, and fifth grade students in the SCISWA service area–were received for the 2017 SCISWA poster contest. Twenty-five winners were selected to have their posters features in the 2017 SCISWA calendar.

This year, students’ artwork showcased the SCISWA environmental management theme: SCISWA is your RESOURSE. Rylie Lawrance, a student in Mrs. Payne’s 5th grade class in the Pella Community School District, was chosen as the 2017 winner. Rylie was awarded $100, and SCISWA donated recycling containers in honor of her winning artwork to Jefferson Intermediate School.

“Thank you to all of the students who submitted posters to the contest,” said Jennifer Frampton, Agency Program Coordinator. “We’re always amazed at the creativity of our area students.”

Calendars and prizes were distributed to schools in December. Winners and prizes are available for download here.

SCISWA Loans Wood Chipper to Member Communities

SCISWA team learns how to operate the new wood chipper
The SCISWA team learns how to operate the new wood chipper, which it will rent to communities within its service area.

The SCISWA team learns how to operate the new wood chipper, which it will rent to communities within its service area.

South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency (SCISWA) announces a new program designed to help member communities manage yard waste.

In an effort to assist cities, counties, and their divisions in better managing yard waste and brush, SCISWA is now offering to rent a wood chipper to member communities at no charge. Eligible entities include any county, city, or municipality within Lucas, Marion, Monroe, and Poweshiek Counties (including Victor, Iowa) and their divisions, such as street departments, county conservation departments, engineering departments, etc.

The wood chipper was purchased with grant funds secured from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program in 2015. The chipper will accept tree and brush waste up to 18″ in diameter and is expected to be used by communities to process yard waste and brush collected at community-sponsored sites. “Upon surveying communities, we found that yard waste is something many struggle to provide cost-effective options for. It’s just not efficient to transport that material to the landfill for processing, so making equipment available on location made sense,” says Jennifer Frampton, Agency Program Coordinator.

In keeping with the SCISWA Environmental Management System, the agency strives to reduce the environmental impact of the area. This program will allow the agency to support continual improvement in the management of yard waste by encouraging collection and proper recycling/reuse. Expected outcomes of the program include increased convenience in locally managing yard waste, air quality improvement in communities due to decreased burning of organic debris, and reduced environmental impact, as well as reduced costs of yard waste management programs.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please read this wood chipper information. You may also fill out a rental agreement and the rental request. For more information on the Wood Chipper Rental Program, contact Frampton at 641-828-8545.


Comprehensive Plan Update Approved

SCISWA entrance sign

SCISWA must periodically send a plan update to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that outlines programs within the four-county service area, gauges progress toward state goals, and identifies key needs for the next several years. The DNR approved our most recent plan in December; the approval runs through October 2020.

In the 1980s, the Iowa Legislature passed laws requiring cities, counties, and solid waste agencies to use programs like source reduction, recycling, and composting to decrease the amount of waste landfilled per-person, per-year. This is known as diversion. The laws’ diversion goals were to reduce landfilled waste by 25 percent by 1994 and by 50 percent by 2000. The changes were originally to be measured against a baseline quantity of waste landfilled per-person, per-year in 1988. Over the past 23 years, however, a complex method of measuring diversion has evolved that uses economic and employment factors as well as the quantity of waste landfilled to check progress toward the goal.

Although the two target years have passed, agencies continue to record and report progress toward the 25 percent and 50 percent diversion goals. The DNR calculates the SCISWA area as a whole at 18 percent diversion.