Iowa City Recycling and Senior Center staff have partnered on a series of classes designed to help area residents learn more about opportunities for reducing, reusing, recycling and composting. The series will run on Friday afternoons in June beginning June 3, 2016, at the Senior Center, 28 S. Linn Street. There is no cost to attend the classes and all ages are welcome. Those interested must register for each class individually at

Mending 101 to extend the life of your clothes
Friday, June 3, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Did you know that our clothing has a huge impact on the environment?  The processes involved in growing, extracting, harvesting and processing raw materials, as well as manufacturing, shipping, and ultimately washing and drying clothes, require a great deal of energy and water and emit greenhouse gases. We can reduce that environmental effect by using clothes for as long as possible. Join us at this workshop to learn simple tricks to extend the life of your clothes by replacing buttons, stitching hems and seams, darning socks, and more. Join local sewing and mending expert Becky Ross to learn or brush up on basic skills, or bring a tougher project to get advice or assistance.

Paperwork and Rag Rugs
Friday, June 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Hate throwing stuff away but don’t know what else to do with it?  This class will allow you to get and share ideas to get more life out of household items that are past their prime. Learn how to make simple stationary and envelopes from old maps (materials provided). Also learn how to use no-longer-wearable clothes such as stained or badly torn items to make beautiful, functional rugs for your home. Bring scrap material or old clothes and a sharp pair of scissors to create your rugs. We’ll bring some, too, for class members who are unable to bring these materials.

Recycle 101
Friday, June 17, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Recycling quiz: Do you have to peel the label off that metal can to recycle it?  Where do diabetic needles go?  Where can you recycle glass? Can apple peels go in with compost? Join Iowa City Recycling Coordinator Jen Jordan for an overview on recycling options in Johnson County and answers to your recycling questions.

Reduce Food Waste, then Compost
Friday, June 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Some people see last night’s leftovers as an easy next-day lunch, but others toss what’s left and start fresh every evening. Food waste reduction is being discussed around the globe as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. From eating leftovers to simply cooking less or freezing leftovers, join us to learn easy tips to reduce food waste at your house. Composting is part of the food waste reduction equation, too. Join Iowa City Recycling Coordinator Jen Jordan for an overview on food waste reduction and composting efforts in Johnson County and answers to your food waste questions.

For more information, contact the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6160 or


Date of publication

Friday, May 27, 2016