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Sept. 1, 2011

Iowa City, UI and Extend the Dream Foundation partner to improve game day trash cleanup

The University of Iowa is partnering with the City of Iowa City, the Melrose Neighborhood Association and the Extend the Dream Foundation to reduce the amount of waste left behind near Kinnick Stadium after tailgating activities on game days.

Fifty new trash containers were donated by 7G Distributing of Cedar Rapids. The City of Iowa City will place the trash containers on Melrose Avenue and Melrose Court areas.

"We are happy to have the opportunity to supply 50 recycling/trash bins for the Melrose neighborhood," said Laurie Konecny, business development manager at 7G Distributing. "Our goal is to make it easy and convenient for fans to recycle and dispose of trash. This program is a great team effort between 7G Distributing, City of Iowa City, the UI and UI football fans and, most importantly, great for the environment."

Six workers from Extend the Dream Foundation of Iowa City will place trash bags in the containers, monitor the containers during the game and then collect the bags after the game for disposal by Johnson County Refuse. The workers will be clad in bright yellow Hawkeye vests and hats, provided by UI Facilities Management and the UI Office of Sustainability. The workers are adults with disabilities who are looking forward to the opportunity for part-time employment, said Tom Walz, project coordinator of the Extend the Dream Foundation.

University Heights resident Doug Moore has assisted in organizing the effort in the Melrose Avenue neighborhood. Moore was instrumental in working to improve trash collection in his own University Heights neighborhood several years ago.

"The Melrose Neighborhood is grateful to the city and the university for their help in this concerted effort to improve the conditions in our historic neighborhood on game days," added Jean Walker, Melrose Neighborhood representative.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Doug Boothroy, director of Housing and Inspection Services, City of Iowa City, 319-356-5121; Liz Christiansen, director, UI Office of Sustainability, 319-335-5516,; Rick Klatt, UI associate athletics director, external relations, 319-335-9431, Writer: George McCrory