The goal of the Belle Plaine Organics Management Program is to encourage residents to reduce and properly manage their yard, food, and other organic waste to not only save money but also reduce their impact on the environment. Yard waste is banned from landfills in Iowa, but other organic wastes like food, coffee grounds, etc. may be disposed of in the landfill. By reducing your organic waste and managing the remainder through composting, you can help save valuable landfill space and reduce methane production, which is a dangerous greenhouse gas for landfill staff and more potent than carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Organics Management Guidebook
An electronic guidebook with information about managing organics in Belle Plaine is available here. Just click the image below to download!
A printed copy of the guidebook will be mailed to compost bin rebate program participants, and additional copies are available at City Hall.
Apply for Compost Bin Rebate
Up to fifty (50) Belle Plaine owner-occupied households qualify for a $75 rebate toward the purchase of a compost bin, tumbler, other composting container, or the supplies to build a compost bin. To qualify for the rebate program, you must be able to provide proof of purchase dated after October 21, 2020. If you build a compost bin, a photo of the structure in addition to proof of purchase for supplies is required to qualify for the rebate. Supplies include building materials only, not tools.
The rebate program will operate on a first come, first serve basis until fifty (50) rebates have been claimed. There are currently 43 rebates remaining. Availability will be updated regularly! If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Presto at the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 365-9941 ext. 121.
For more information about the rebate program and to fill out a rebate form, click here.
Organics Management Videos
In partnership with Matthew 25, we developed a video with information about composting basics and managing food waste in your household. In this video, Marin and Mikaela will walk you through different composting methods, how to use finished compost, and tips for managing compostable waste in your home.
This program is provided by the Benton County Solid Waste Disposal Commission and City of Belle Plaine in partnership with the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) with the support of a Solid Waste Alternatives Program Grant (SWAP) from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.