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“Promoting environmental sustainability through Research,

Education and Outreach”

The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) is an interdisciplinary research, education and outreach center serving Regent university researchers and students, Iowa citizens, business and industry.


 Our Goals:
The RRTTC's goals include the development of economical approaches to solving intractable solid waste problems and providing research and technical assistance on public health concerns as they relate to solid waste concerns.

Our Affiliation:
We are a Regent-funded center within the College of Natural Sciences, located at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

What we do:
The RRTTC awards grants to researchers to conduct basic and applied research that addresses a particular question or issue concerning Iowa business and industry. Projects receive one-to-two year RRTTC grants and are selected on a competitive basis following external peer review. The research project results are made available through publications, seminars, presentations, and news releases.

The RRTTC provides students opportunities to enhance their classroom experience through research and participation in environmental outreach activities. 

 The RRTTC has provided in-depth research opportunities student interns from a wide range of majors. These students work first-hand with community and industry representatives on solving relevant problems and addressing current issues

The RRTTC develops and participates in outreach programs designed to educate Iowans on sustainability, public health issues related to solid waste problems, and newly discovered approaches to recycling and reuse. 

 The RRTTC assists Iowa manufacturers in the research and development of products containing recycled content materials through the Materials Innovation Service (MIS). 

 The RRTTC maintains ongoing relationships with several state agencies and organizations and provides education and technical assistance regarding solid waste issues to Iowa companies and communities.