Jane Wilch

Jane Wilch

Jane Wilch

Speaker | City of Iowa City

Iowa City, IA | jane-wilch@iowa-city.org

Jane Wilch is the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Iowa City. She manages waste reduction programs and education for the Iowa City community and the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center service area.

Session Name: Municipal Composting 2: Addressing Wasted Food through Reduction and Composting

Session Time: Wednesday, January 29, 1:45 to 3:15 PM

Presentation Title: Food Waste Reduction Efforts in Iowa Municipality

Presentation Description: The Iowa City Landfill, which serves the municipality of Iowa City and Johnson County, has approximately 34,000 tons of food waste entering the landfill every year, which is about 25% of the annual tonnage. To reduce the amount of food waste entering the landfill, several efforts have been initiated over the last two years to promote reduction and diversion of food waste into composting.

In this presentation, I would like to highlight the successes and barriers we have experienced in our efforts to reduce food waste in several different areas of our community including residential, business, and local events.

In the residential sector, several efforts have been made to educate our residents about food waste reduction first and composting diversion second. Over the last year, we have been in the process of distributing curbside carts for organics pickup. There have been several lessons learned from this effort that we would like to share.

In the business sector, we have been working with local entities to learn more about the current barriers of food waste reduction and diversion, and continue to work towards further collaborations and efforts.
For community events, we have partnered with the event planning organizations locally to coordinate organics diversion at large-scale events.

Through this work to bring about more awareness, reduction, and diversion, we have learned valuable lessons about what is possible, where improvements are needed, and what barriers we face that we will continue to work on. We would like to share our experiences with other experts in the industry.