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.