UNI group aims to reduce food waste at landfills

Published On: Jan 09 2013 07:15:17 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 09 2013 07:15:00 AM CST
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A group at the University of Northern Iowa is trying to reduce food waste at landfills around the state.

Waterloo television station KWWL reports the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at UNI is developing a website that would allow visitors to find their nearest compost station. The website also would show visitors where they can donate food.

The group says composting is a beneficial way to turn waste into a reusable resource.

The project is being funded by the state Department of Natural Resources, which says 14 percent of Iowa landfills are covered by food waste. The group plans to launch the website in February.