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Power Plant, Resource Recovery Shutdown Planned; Request Help Reducing Garbage to Landfill

Post Date:06/30/2020 11:30 AM

From Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 17, the Ames Power Plant will shut down for planned maintenance. During this time, the Ames Resource Recovery Plant, 110 Center Ave., will be unable to process garbage into refuse derived fuel. Instead, all garbage in Story County produced during the shutdown will go directly to the landfill. The car lane will remain open for individual drop-offs.

To reduce unprocessed garbage going to the landfill, residents are asked to take advantage of several free recycling programs that are available year-round. To recycle food glass containers such as jelly, salsa or pickle jars, use the large yellow glass recycling bins located around Story County. Bins are located at area grocery stores, the Ames Hy-Vee gas stations, and a bin is located on the north side of the Resource Recovery Plant.

The Food Waste Diversion (FWD) program will continue to offer free food waste disposal. Participants can use the using orange bin located at the north side of Resource Recovery. Although the Food Waste Diversion pilot project required participants to pay to participate, the cost has been waived. In order to create usable compost, only compostable food scraps and organics should be deposited in the orange bin. For more information, go to

Finally, during the July 6 to July 17 shutdown, residents can take their metal cans to the Resource Recovery Plant for recycling by driving through the car lane. Typically, metal cans would be removed from the waste stream during garbage processing. Because the garbage will not be processed, even recyclable products will go to the landfill if residents don’t separate materials. For more information about waste reduction, go to:

Resource Recovery Drive Lane
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