recycleThis sounds like a convenient new resource to locate recycling options from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Iowa Greenlist can help you find an alternative to disposing of unwanted items in the trash.I tried this out today using “glass,” and found a half-dozen places within 30 miles of Cedar Rapids. A search on places that recycle egg cartons turned up nothing, but my guess is that the cardboard ones are recyclable with other cardboard and plenty of sites exist for that.

Give it a try and see how much you can keep out of the landfill.

Here is more from the DNR about this new initiative:

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowans looking for an alternative to throwing away unwanted items and materials now have an easy way to find places that will take them: the DNR’s Iowa Greenlist.

Available at, the Iowa Greenlist is a web-based directory of locations that accept items to be recycled, reused or repurposed instead of ending up in a landfill.

“Iowans now have a one-stop shop to find other options to throwing away their items,” said Scott Flagg, Iowa Greenlist directory manager. “The Iowa Greenlist is the most comprehensive statewide resource currently available – Iowa’s ultimate recycling directory.”

The website allows the user to search by material, location or organization and displays contact information, a list of materials accepted and hours for all registered locations.

The database currently has 506 registered locations available across Iowa that accept products ranging from electronics to used oil filters. New retailers are able to register on the website at any time.

For more information, go to or contact Scott Flagg at 515-281-4876 or