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Public Programs

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!

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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!



Fall 2019

Halloween Themed “Trash to Treasures” Craft Activities at Local Libraries


Join the Waste Trac Education Team for a fun, free “Trash to Treasures” repurposing craft program at a local library. Stop in to make a Halloween haunted house from old milk cartons and junk! The program is suitable for crafters grades 1st-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 anytime or stay for the whole program time and get your craft on! No registration required. Four dates to choose from:



Summer 2019


"A Practical Backyard Tour" on June 15th, 2019A PRACTICAL BACKYARD TOUR of Waterloo & Cedar Falls!

  • Save the Date: Saturday, June 15th!
  • Tours from 10 AM – 1 PM at various locations in Waterloo & Cedar Falls
  • Finale and Prize Drawing at 1:30 PM at SingleSpeed Brewing
    (325 Commercial St., Waterloo)
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The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition & community partners are proud to present “A Practical Backyard Tour” of Cedar Falls & Waterloo. Organizations and homeowners will be opening up their green spaces and backyards to share various sustainable and Earth-friendly practices! Visit 6 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 15 from 10 AM – 1 PM at various locations. 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 14th to RSVP. Simply click “Going” on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s Facebook event!
  • 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. You may not make it to all 6 locations during the 3-hour event, so pick your favorites to visit first.
  • The finale prize drawing will feature a 55-gallon hand painted repurposed rain barrel with converter kit, a rain garden plant package, 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’s Sustainability Theme Group in partnership with Green Iowa AmeriCorps, Land and Water Stewards AmeriCorps, Black Hawk County Soil & Water Conservation District, Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project, City of Waterloo, City of Cedar Falls, Waste Trac Education Team, Cedar Falls Seed Library, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Black Hawk County Conservation, Good Neighbor Iowa, Petersen & Tietz Florists and Greenhouses, Meyers Nursery, & SingleSpeed Brewing.

For more details, download and print the tour brochure (with the map of locations) OR contact the Waste Trac Education Team at 319-266-8722.




Summer Camp Partnership with Hartman Reserve Nature Center


The Waste Trac Education Team partners with Hartman Reserve Nature Center to provide a variety of youth summer camps. Program details, fee information, and registration forms can be found at: BlackHawkCountyParks.com


Scrap metal tour during public programs with the Waste Trac Education Team.Landfill tour during public programs with the Waste Trac Education Team.











Spring 2019

Composting 101 Workshops

Composting WorkshopsWant to turn kitchen scraps into beautiful compost? Learn 3 ways to achieve black gold:

  • Backyard Composting (3 bin, Earth Machines, Tumblers)
  • Vermicomposting (Indoor Composting with Redworms)
  • Bokashi Indoor Composting (Fermentation)

Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps Land & Water Stewards and the Waste Trac Education Team for one of these fun, free  composting workshops, with two dates to choose from:

  • Monday, May 6th at 7 PM at Single Speed Brewing (325 Commercial St., Waterloo – Party Room)
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  • Tuesday, May 7th at 7 PM at the Cedar Falls Library (524 Main St., CF– CoLab Maker Space, 2nd Floor) Add this event to your Facebook Calendar

No registration is required. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact the Waste Trac Education Team at 266-8722. Speakers Coordinated by Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition.


Winter 2019

Community Conservation Workshop

Community Conservation Workshop

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This FREE workshop will provide information for homeowners on ways to save money while being more energy and resource efficient in and around the home.

  • Thursday, February 28th at the Waterloo Center for the Arts (225 Commercial St, Waterloo – Peterson Town Hall Room)
  • Social Hour (6:00pm-6:30pm)
  • Presentations (6:30-8:30 PM), with a prize drawing to follow
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From your furnace to your yard, there are many ways energy, soil, water, trees, plants, and even food waste can be used more economically. Bring your questions and talk with local experts. Topics covered will include home energy audits, proper chemical disposal, composting, soil quality, native prairie, tree management, rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable pavement, renewable energy, LED light conversion, funding sources for your home projects, and more.

Refreshments will be served during the social hour (6:00pm-6:30pm) and will provide an opportunity to chat with presenters and view their informational booths. The evening will conclude with FREE prize drawing to win a rain barrel, home energy kit, or native prairie kit (must be present to win).

For additional information please contact Josh Balk at (319) 296-3262 Ext. 3 or Joshua.Balk@ia.nacdnet.net. This workshop is sponsored by the Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cedar Falls Seed Library, City of Cedar Falls, City of Waterloo, Good Neighbor Iowa, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, Rainscaping Iowa, UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, and the Waste Trac Education Team throughout the evening.


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