Iowa Waste Exchange

The Iowa Waste Exchange (IWE) is one of the nation’s premiere materials exchange programs. This no-cost, non-regulatory, confidential service matches institutions that produce byproducts and waste with other groups interested in using or recycling those materials. The program helps businesses, schools, hospitals and communities save disposal money and protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling materials.

The Iowa Waste Exchange maintains a database of available and wanted materials. Companies and other groups can use this confidential service to find a market for materials they would otherwise have to discard or warehouse, thus avoiding disposal and storage fees. The program also offers free consultations so organizations can locate needed materials or potential buyers.

The Iowa Waste Exchange is funded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and administered by Region XII COG.



Established in 1990 by the Iowa State Legislature to divert waste materials from the state’s sanitary landfills, the Iowa Waste Exchange has a proved record of success. Since its inception, the IWE has matched almost 5,000 byproducts and other waste materials. The IWE’s success in matching materials has resulting in the diversion of more than 720,000 tons of waste form Iowa landfills with associated savings to businesses of just under $20 million in avoided disposal costs. Participating businesses also realize savings from avoided purchases, reductions in transportation costs and freed storage space.



Online Materials Listings
The IWE features a sophisticated, interactive database with the most up-to-date information on materials available for exchange and reuse. The database is available free of charge through the Recycle Iowa Web site located here

Waste Management Technical Assistance
IWE area resource specialists are specially trained to identify waste streams and the potential for alternative disposal or exchange options. Each specialist can help Iowa businesses modify manufacturing processes to include the utilization of recycled raw materials.

Materials Innovation Service
Small- to medium-sized businesses are encouraged to test innovative recycled-content composites for use in their products. The IWE can link businesses to this specialized testing service, which helps companies develop revolutionary new materials while keeping valuable commodities out of Iowa landfills.

Economic Development and General Business Assistance
IWE connects businesses to the financial, marketing and other businesses planning resources needed to jump-start or expand any Iowa company’s recycling-related venture. In addition, the IWE can assist any business by providing information on recycled product availability, performance and cost.

Area Resource Specialists
Iowa Waste Exchange area resource specialists across the state work with businesses of any size to match their waste with other businesses that need raw materials. Individual consultation sessions are free, confidential and nonregulatory. Whether you are looking for a particular material or need to get rid of a byproduct, the Iowa Waste Exchange can assist you. Region XII employs the following IWE Area Resource Specialists:


Area I Information

Area I Representative: Paige Alesch
Region XII Council of Governments
P.O. Box 768
Carroll, IA 51401
Phone: (712) 792-9914

Area I Counties:
Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Kossuth, Emmet, Sioux, O’Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Webster, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Guthrie


Area II Information

Area II Representative: Shelly Codner
Region XII Council of Governments
Phone: (319) 404-1942

Area II Counties:
Winnebago, Worth, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Wright, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, Boone, Story, Dallas, Polk


For a list of all of the IWE Area Resource Specialists and their service areas:

IWE Territory Map


Useful links:

IWE Program Information

Recycling Information