• The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center

    The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center

    “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. Read More
  • Outreach Programs & Activites

    Outreach Programs & Activites

    The RRTTC develops and implements several environmental education outreach programs to serve various focus groups both at the University of Northern Iowa and in the community. Read More
  • Materials Innovation Services

    Materials Innovation Services

    The Materials Innovation Service, located in the Department of Industrial Technology at the University of Northern Iowa, is a joint program between the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, and the UNI Metal Casting Center. The UNI Metal Casting Center is a nationally recognized leader in foundry research, applied technology, and technical business assistance. Read More
  • Grants & Publications

    Grants & Publications

    The RRTTC promotes sound environmental research and the establishment of new technologies through its competitive grants program. Read More
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Latest News & Events

Holiday Card Hoorah

Recycle those holiday cards this year! We will be collecting cards until January 15, with boxes located around campus at the WRC, CEEE, Gilchrist Hall, Rod Library, and Maucker Union or you can send them in through campus mail, 0184. 


Sustainability Book Club


Starting January 24th, Ignite the Cancer Conversation: Book Club Edition will be discussing The Emperor of All Maladies. A "biography of cancer-from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence." 

Join us one or all of the following dates in person at the Cedar Falls Public Library or online through Zoom Connect. We will discuss and explore our thinking together! Click here to register. 

January 24th (Pizza will be provided)

February 5th & 7th

February 26th & 28th

March 26th & 28th

April 16th & 18th 



Refill not Landfill



The RRTTC, in conjunction with the UNI Office of Sustainability, Americore and NISG is starting a month long campaign through November to promote all the benefits of refilling your water bottle each day.

Getting enough water to drink every day helps keep energy levels up and with over 65 refill stations located across the UNI campus it is an easy thing to do. UNI is a leader in sustainable habits and by refiling your water bottle; we can help keep over 40 billion plastic bottles from going in the landfill each year.  REFILL counts were taken across campus Nov 1st with the grand total of 2,569345 water bottles being filled since Fall of 2015. Counts will be taken again at the end of the month to see how many refills occurred.  We're excited to see what difference this makes across campus!

FOLLOW US on FB  to learn great facts and tips through the month of November and keep up to-date with the campaign


Majora Carter returning to UNI

Please join us Oct 3rd in welcoming Majora Carter back to the UNI campus. This year she will talk about Hometown Security issues.

Lecture 5pm Commons Ballroom. Reception to follow in Georgian Lounge.

Click here for details

Partnership Opportunity

Have an idea for a sustainable initiative or project? Want to partner with the RRTTC? Click here for more information. 

RA Programs

Sign up for an RA Program with the RRTTC! We offer an opportunity for Resident Assistants and their houses to learn more about sustainability practices on campus and how students can be involved. We can also do an interactive activity for residents including DIY crafts! Photos from previous events can be found here. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss a program with our staff and click here for a complete list of activities for the RA program.

Earth Week 2015

UNI Earth Day Celebration-2015

Earth Week 2015 was a big success! The Earth Day Fair was a great event with twenty seven organizations in attendance. Students went around to different booths and enjoyed pedal-powered smoothies, s'mores, free plants, giveaways, and games all the while learning about UNI sustainability and recycling efforts. Around 500 UNI students and faculty attended the Fair at Maucker Union. The RRTTC would like to thank everyone who participated and helped out with Earth Week for the wonderful success! You can view more photos from the event by clicking here.




Bag Toss from the RRTTC



Food and Resource Education Demonstration (FRED) Booth





Bike tune-ups 


Interior Design Booth


Pedal-Powered Smoothies with the UNI Sustainability Office 


Dry Run Creek Campus Clean Up 

Students met with the RRTTC at 4:00pm to help clean up Dry Run Creek. The RRTTC provided gloves, trash bags, and buckets. Together, students removed 75 lbs. of trash from the creek, making our campus a better place. 


The Cleantech Future Film Screening 

This film talks about the exciting green future that is now possible through new green technology. It demonstrates how a clean future can start today and how people can make it possible. Twenty people attended the movie. 

CVAST 5k Fun Run 

Thirty four people met at the UNI Prairie Preserve at 6:00pm for the CVAST 5k Fun Run. Students and faculty enjoyed a run through the trails and being out in nature. 


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