By Corey Meints

plasticrecyclingPlastic Recycling of Iowa Falls was recently awarded by the Keep Iowa Beautiful Program.  The company was sited for its work in turning plastic into usable products, such as these benches at the Alden Memorial Park.

With recent action being taken to undo the bottle bill, Keep Iowa Beautiful is more important than ever. Even more important are the people and businesses striving to keep Iowa beautiful.

One of those is right here in the aptly-named Scenic City, Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls. On Monday, the company was noted for its efforts with the Keep Iowa Beautiful Corporate Award of Excellence.

“The award program is designed to recognize special people and organizations that have gone the extra mile to help build stronger Iowa communities,” said Miriam Erickson Brown, Chair of the Keep Iowa Beautiful Board of Trustees. “A more attractive community improves the economic vitality and cultural climate where we live, work and raise a family.”

Keep Iowa Beautiful works to assist communities and organizations in cleanup and beautification projects. It also conducts research studies that will help further understand the reasons some people litter and show a lack of respect for land and property through anti-littering and beautification education programs. Its purpose is to increase public awareness of the costs of littering, and to encourage regional groups and communities to become Keep Iowa Beautiful affiliates/partners.

Gerry Schnef, Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful, said Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls won the award for their outstanding efforts at plastic recycling and beautification through the manufacturing of outdoor furniture.

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In the awards ceremony, held during the 2017 Iowa Community and Volunteerism Awards at the Governor’s Office in Des Moines, Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls was cited for the products it produces using recycled plastics. Using the re-purposed material, the business produces a wide range of outdoor furniture products sold throughout the United States. The company was also instrumental in helping to implement the Build with Bags program developed by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. That program utilizes plastic bags and other recycled plastic.

The company, located just north of Iowa Falls, boasts 104,000 square feet of manufacturing, seven production lines, two raw material processing lines and $1 million in finished products in inventory for quick order delivery. Annually, the business recycles more than 5 million pounds of plastic into environmentally sustainable products such as benches and other outdoor furniture, picnic tables and flower boxes. This is the equivalent of 35 million milk jugs that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

For more information, contact Corey at Times Citizen:  mcmeints@iafalls.com