OTTUMWA – Bridge View Center, in its efforts to improve sustainability and being more environmentally conscious, has partnered with the Ottumwa/Wapello County Recycling Center and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in streamlining its recycling efforts. The need was determined via a conducted study in October 2019, with data showing 41% of Bridge View Center’s waste stream being deemed recyclable. On an annual basis, Bridge View Center will be able to divert an estimated 16,205 pounds, or more than 8 tons, of recycled items from the landfill into the recycling center.
With this valuable info at hand, Ottumwa/Wapello County Recycling Center Commission agreed to provide a 25% match and eventually qualified for a grant through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to purchase recycling containers to be distributed throughout Bridge View Center. 75% of the initiative was paid by the Iowa Department of Natural resources, with the total project costing $13,164.00.
A total of five Max-R containers were acquired through the grant, with Max-R being selected due to their reputation of providing a solid, proven product that will withstand the use of a large public assembly venue like Bridge View Center. Most importantly, however, Max-R containers were chosen because the entire recycling unit is made from 100% recycled or reclaimed milk jugs. 1,830 reclaimed milk jugs were used to manufacture each unit, with a grand total of 9,150 reclaimed milk jugs used just for Bridge View Center’s recycling containers.
“We are grateful for the support we received from Janice Bain at the Ottumwa/Wapello County Recycling Center for her efforts to help lead the charge and assist us in getting both our larger recycling container from Commercial Sanitation and in writing the grant and working with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources to make all this happen. We are also very appreciative of the support from the Ottumwa/Wapello County Recycling Center Commission for their vote of support to approve the 25% local matching funds needed to secure the grant. It’s been a very important goal for our entire team at Bridge View Center to lower the amount of trash going into the landfill and be a leading example in our community of recycling efforts. Not only is this the right thing to do for our community and the long-term sustainability of our environment and planet, but it also reduces the amount of trash we need to have hauled away which ultimately lowers some of our operating costs. It’s a win-win for everyone – we’re recycling and increasing our sustainability initiatives and lowering our operating costs by reducing the amount of trash going into the landfill.” says Scott Hallgren, Executive Director of Bridge View Center.
ABOUT Bridge View Center
The Bridge View Center, opened in 2007, is nestled on the banks of the Des Moines River and is the crown jewel for the City of Ottumwa. This 92,000 square foot complex features an Expo Hall, adjoining conference/meeting space, a state-of the art Theater and a Grand Lobby that welcomes you in! It is the premier destination in SE Iowa for concerts, theatrical events and conventions.
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