DARN³

A grassroots campaign empowering the Dubuque community to minimize landfill wasting

ENROLL TODAY AND START ON THE PATH TOWARD ZERO WASTE!

INDIVIDUAL

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HOUSEHOLD

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BUSINESS

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INSTITUTION

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OUR PRIORITY PROJECTS


Food rescue to feed hungry people

Composting food scraps

Reducing single-use plastics


DARN³ is a grassroots campaign to help educate and empower the Dubuque community in reducing landfill discards and divert more currently landfilled materials to beneficial uses

  • An estimated two million dollars of unsorted marketable materials and items are buried in the Dubuque landfill every year.
  • The City’s 5-year local refuse tonnage landfilled trend-line is UP, and the recycling diversion trend-line is DOWN.
  • 40% of Dubuque’s potential curbside recyclables are still placed in the trash and get landfilled.
  • This is not sustainability!

Wasting is a systematic problem, but it is solvable, and we need your help

By becoming a DARN³ member, you can be part of this change in our community. DARN³ is also being assisted through a grant from the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency.

Dubuque Metropolitan Area Landfill

 

 

Green Dubuque Relation to DARN³

DARN³ is a campaign initiated by Green Dubuque. Since 2007, Green Dubuque has been a citizen-led and volunteer-based 501c3 nonprofit that approaches issues with actionable data and a scientific triple-bottom-line perspective. Green Dubuque, has provided grassroots support for local sustainability – leading initiatives on climate action, complete streets, local food systems, clean air/water and energy efficiency.

Learn more about Green Dubuque

 

 

DARN³ first year goals

  • Welcome 70 local businesses and institutions and promote them as members.
  • Include 500 individuals and households as members.
  • Provide face-to-face zero-waste education and strategies to 600 members of community groups, businesses and local government.
  • Minimize 200 tons of wasted food from landfilling through both food rescue and composting.
  • Divert 200 more tons of non-compostable materials to beneficial use.
  • Reduce distribution of 300,000 single-use checkout bags

It’s not “waste” until it is “wasted”

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a mantra that many of us learned in school.   These three R’s are the ways people can minimize the volume of trash they generate. 

Why is this important? When people trash items and materials in the Dubuque area, they end up in our landfill where they deteriorate generating pollution impacting our air and ground water. Reducing, reusing and recycling helps reduce humanity’s environmental footprint, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

Reduce

Reducing is the first and most effective of the three Rs . It means limiting your purchasing and use of “stuff”, like plastic bags, or buying less.

Reuse

By Reusing rather than throwing out items like clothing or plastic bags, consumers can find new uses for them — reducing the extraction of natural resources and energy. Composting and trading or selling used DVDs rather than throwing them out are good reusing examples. Reusing is the second most effective of the three Rs; like reducing, it avoids creating discards rather than trying to recycle items once they are already there.

Recycle

Recycling is the third of the three Rs. Recycling extracts valuable materials from items that might otherwise be considered trash and provides feedstocks for new products.  You can also advance recycling by purchasing products made from recycled material, such as toilet paper and packaging made from recycled paper.