The Waste Trac Education Team partners with a variety of governmental agencies, non-profits, coalitions, universities, libraries, and cities to provide public programs and educational opportunities for county residents of all ages. We hope you can join in the fun!
Online Calendar of Events
Check out the selected public events below or visit the calendar of events for a full listing of Waste Trac Education Team public outreach opportunities, spring and fall drop-off events, monthly Solid Waste Management Commission Meetings, and landfill holiday closures.
*Youth and adult educational programs may be scheduled with specific schools or groups, but are not listed on this calendar. Please contact the Waste Trac Education Team to inquire about scheduling with your group.
Upcoming Public Programs
The Waste Trac Education Team is excited for these up upcoming public programs and educational opportunities!
Holiday Themed “Trash to Treasures” Craft Activities at Local Libraries
Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the Waste Trac Education Team for a fun, free “Trash to Treasures” repurposing craft program at a local library.
Stop in to make holiday crafts from junk! Create ornaments and holiday decorations from jigsaw puzzle pieces, old holiday cards, and reuse other junk items in creative ways. These activities are suitable for crafters ages K- 8th, but older siblings and adults are encouraged to stay and help the younger ones.
The library programs will be open house style, so drop in to make one repurposed craft or stay for the whole time and do all the age appropriate projects. No registration required.
Wednesday, November 14th from 3:00-5:00 PM at Hawkins Memorial Library (La Porte City)
Tuesday, December 11th from 3:30-5:00 PM at the Evansdale Public Library
Thursday, December 13th from 3:30-5:30 PM at the Dunkerton Public Library
Wednesday, December 19th from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Hudson Public Library
A PRACTICAL BACKYARD TOUR of Waterloo & Cedar Falls!
Organizations and homeowners will be opening up their green spaces and backyards to share various sustainable and Earth-friendly practices! Visit 7 creative, sustainable backyards and green spaces at your own pace and in any order. This educational event is FREE and open to the public!
Tours will take place (rain or shine) on Saturday, June 16 from 10 AM – 1 PM at various locations (below).
Then, join us for the finale and prize drawing at 1:30 PM at SingleSpeed Brewing (325 Commercial Street, Waterloo)
- No pre-registration required, however…
- Receive 1 EXTRA prize drawing ticket when you log into Facebook by 3pm on June 15th to RSVP. Simply click “Going” on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s Facebook event post!
- On the day of the event, sign a waiver at your first stop. Receive one ticket at EACH site that you visit, then enter them into prize drawing at the finale! The more locations you visit, the better your chances are of winning!
- The prize drawing will feature a 55-gallon hand painted repurposed rain barrel, a rain barrel converter kit, a pollinator-friendly plant package, and a potted fruit tree. Must be present to win!
This event is sponsored by the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition in partnership with the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, KWWL, the City of Waterloo, the City of Cedar Falls, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, the Waste Trac Education Team, EMBARC, the Cedar Falls Seed Library, Petersen & Tietz, Meyers Nursery, and SingleSpeed Brewing.
Visit these creative, sustainable backyards & green spaces at your own pace and in any order:
524 West Lone Tree Rd, Cedar Falls
Swing by to see what all the fuss is about with solar panels! See the homeowners passive solar kitchen and so much more.
Permeable Pavers Preventing Pollution
2103 Grand Blvd, Cedar Falls
See how a permeable paver driveway manages stormwater from the property, as well as the adjacent street and neighbor’s lot. Native prairie species were planted to reduce maintenance for the pavers and prevent sedimentation.
Rain Gardens: Stormwater Sustainability Solutions
2415 Victory Dr, Cedar Falls
Visit a residence with two rain gardens designed and constructed by student volunteers. Learn how you can install a beautiful rain garden on YOUR property!
Edible Backyard… Powered By Compost!
925 Reber Ave, Waterloo – Limited street parking
(Additional parking available one block away at the Fletcher Avenue Kwik Star)
Visit a completely grassless backyard, busting with fruit trees & berries AND… powered by rich compost! See how the homeowners convert food, yard, and paper waste into black gold using a two compartment composting system. Also see 2 styles of indoor worm bins!
Burmese Gardening Tips & Techniques
Refugee Community Gardens, street parking only
(Next to 157 University Ave, W’loo – Follow tour sign from corner of Leland Ave & Virden St)
Meet the Burma community by visiting the Community Producers Burmese Garden. This market garden is part of a program through EMBARC. Learn about the unique vegetables native to Burma that will be grown here!
If You Build It, Pollinators Will Come
NE Iowa Food Bank, 1605 Lafayette St, W’loo
Check out the Food Bank Garden’s perennial pollinator bed, designed to have blooms available for bees all season long.
Improving Urban Water Quality
KWWL Parking Lot, 511 E. 5th St, Waterloo
During the renovation of the historic Overland Park Building (home of KWWL), they kept water quality in mind through a commercial application of permeable pavers. This site showcases a great way to manage and clean storm water on urban parking lots with limited lot area.
Finale and Prize Drawing
SingleSpeed Brewing, 325 Commercial St, W’loo
Hold on to your tickets and join us at 1:30 PM to turn them in for the drawing featuring fun Eco-prizes!
* Must be present to win!
Summer Camp Partnership with Hartman Reserve Nature Center
For details, fee information, and registration forms can be found at: BlackHawkCountyParks.com