East Side Recycling Center
2401 Scott Blvd SE ::: Iowa City, Iowa 52240 ::: 319.887.6160
Recycling Coordinator (Landfill)
Public Works Director
The East Side Recycling Center, located at 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, is a site for citizens to reuse and recycle materials and to learn about waste, stormwater, energy and green building. The City also hosts two local non-profit agencies that play a role in waste reduction in the community. The Environmental Education Center is certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Building Council.
Upcoming Events and Announcements:
Know of other environmental events in Johnson County? Let us know so we can share the information! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-887-6160.
Time to clean out your crafting supplies?
March 2013: Iowa City Parks & Recreation is looking for craft donations to help children make things this summer. Yarn, buttons, string, fabrics, pretty much anything craft-related. Donations may be left outside Program Supervisor Joyce Carroll's door at the Rec Center, anytime during office hours.
ECO Iowa City is back!
We’ll have events, programs, films, book recommendations and discussions, incentives…and lots of opportunities (in person and online!) for fun and community-building centered around the topics food, water, energy, and consumption. Check out www.icgov.org/eco for information about upcoming events and like us on Facebook to be part of the conversation.
Iowa City Farmers Markets!
Tuesday, 3-6 p.m., Mercer Park (http://www.icgov.org/?id=1488)
Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., Chauncey Swan parking ramp (lower level)
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Chauncey Swan parking ramp (lower level) and Washington Street
Hickory Hill Plant Sale Dates
Friday May 10th (4 pm to 7 pm)
Saturday May 11th (10 am to 4 pm)
Friday May 17th (4 pm to 7 pm)
Saturday May 18th (10 am to 4 pm)
The plant sale will be held in the backyard of 1167 East Jefferson Street in Iowa City. Plants can be dropped off the week and weekend before. Call Joan at 319-338-5331 if you would like to donate or for more information.
Johnson County Master Gardener’s 6th Annual Plant Sale & Flea Market
Saturday May 18, 8am to noon
Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4265 Oak Crest Hill Road SE
Join us to shop tables full of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, tubers, bulbs, seedlings and house plants. Find treasures in our gently used garden related items including books, magazines, containers, tools, patio furniture, yard art and much more. Funds raised help support two annual Kirkwood Community College Scholarships and the Master Gardener Program. For more information go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
We are taking donations of any clean gently used garden related items. Plants of all varieties are always welcome too.
ECO Iowa City: Wrap up
Wednesday, May 22 (7 p.m.)
East Side Recycling Center (education center), 2401 Scott Blvd SE
ECO Iowa City: Celebration Potluck
Wednesday, May 29 (7 p.m.)
East Side Recycling Center (education center), 2401 Scott Blvd SE
Thursday, June 13 (5:30 to 8:00 p.m.)
Trumpet Blossom Café, 310 E Prentiss St
Green Drinks is a place to meet and exchange ideas with other green-minded folks in a cozy environment. Gatherings are on the second Thursday of every month.
Summer Solstice Party
Friday, June 21, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Earth Source Garden
Celebrate Summer Solstice at Earth Source Gardens!
Strut your stuff to the Goosetown Stringband!
Meet many different breeds of chickens
Children's activities, garden tours, and educational demos
Refreshments and celebratory cake
Learn more: https://events.newpi.coop/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=118
Project GREEN Garden Tour 2013
Sunday, June 23
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
annual Project GREEN Garden Tour will feature five beautiful gardens, four of which are in Manville Heights and one is in east Iowa City. These gardens will feature native plants, houseplants used as annuals, hosta galore, meandering walkways, berms, ponds, and much more! The featured gardens are described below. You may start at any one of these gardens and then buy your ticket to see the rest. For teh Tour Mapee http://www.projectgreen.org/gardentour.htm for the Tour Map.
New Pioneer Co-op classes, events and workshops
The New Pioneer Co-op hosts classes, events and workshops year-round. Sign up for a class to learn about everything from seed saving and gardening to wine sampling and food-making and sampling classes. For event dates, costs and registration please see: http://events.newpi.coop/civicrm/event/ical?reset=1&page=1&html=1.
Families, walkers, bikers, and hikers: Enjoy Iowa City’s many beautiful landscapes through a self-guided journey called Abundant Safari. A prize is given when all 10 destinations on the Safari are visited.
Participate in the program by…
1. Choosing one or more destinations on the website
2. Downloading a journal containing fun activities at each destination
3. Visiting destinations and taking rubbings in the journal from a unique tile located atop a post at each area
4. Requesting a prize after visiting all 10 destinations
The program is brought to you by Backyard Abundance.
Visit the website to begin your adventure: http://AbundantSafari.com.
Looking for a way to securely shred documents? Local options include:
City Carton Recycling: customers purchase a 10-gallon tote for $5 and can bring it in when it’s full; there’s a $5 charge for each time.
PIP Printing: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. drop-off; $12 minimum for paper-case sized box (about 30 pounds), then $0.40 per pound after first $12; appointments are necessary for large quantities.
Staples: $0.79 per pound. See site for store hours.
Please check with the entities first to confirm times and prices, which may change. If you know of other shredding services in the area, please email email@example.com
Compost bin and rain barrel sale information:
Please see: www.icgov.org/eco.
Interested in using the Education Center for an environmental presentation, meeting or other event?
The Environmental Education Center is an all-season event venue. The location is the perfect size for a meeting, company gathering, family reunion or other function. The venue can accommodate around 50 guests at tables or classroom style seating, or up to 75 in an informal reception setting.
The City is happy to host and help advertise public environmental presentations, workshops, classes or public other environmental activities at no cost.
The cost for a non-profit is $10 for a 2-hour time block. The cost for a business or individual is $25 per 2-hour block. In either case, $100 is required for deposit.
To reserve the space, please see the rental contract and call 319-887-6108 (Samara) or 319-887-6160 (Jen) to reserve the education center.
Available now at East Side Recycling Center:
Drop-off recycling bins:
You may recycle cardboard (green bin), mixed paper/newspaper/ telephone books/magazines/junk mail (yellow bin), brown/green container glass (brown bin), clear container glass (blue bin), #1-5 and 7 plastic (except Styrofoam and plastic bags; red bin), and metal (steel and aluminum cans; gray bin). You may also recycle cartons, hardcover and softcover books and plastic bags.
Cartons can now be recycled at City Carton Recycling and the East Side Recycling Center. Look for the container marked "cartons." Please remove any caps or straws and rinse your cartons to ensure the carton is empty and to avoid any potential odor problems. Cartons are a type of packaging for food and beverage products. They are easy to recognize and are available in two types—shelf-stable and refrigerated. Shelf-stable cartons include coated boxes that hold juice, broth or wine; the refrigerated cartons include gable-top boxes such as milk, soy milk, egg substitutes or cream.
The recycling drop site is similar to others in the city, including:
• Iowa City Landfill & Recycling Center, (3900 Hebl Avenue) (cardboard, newspaper/mixed paper/telephone books, plastics 1-5 and 7, metal cans, brown/green and clear glass)
• Hy-Vee, 1201 North Dodge (cardboard, newspaper/mixed paper/telephone books, plastics 1-5 and 7, metal cans, brown/green and clear glass)
• Drug Town, 301 N. 1st Avenue (newspaper/mixed paper/telephone books, plastics 1-5 and 7)
• Eastdale Plaza, 1st Ave. & Lower Muscatine (newspaper/mixed paper/telephone books paper, plastics 1-5 and 7)
• City Carton Co., 3 East Benton (all recycling)
Oil and Oil Filter Recycling
You may recycle oil and oil filters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Please leave your containers on the carts in the Oil Recycling Shed. ALL other hazardous waste, including mixed oil/gas, should go to the hazardous waste facility at the Landfill (call 319-356-5185 to make an appointment to dispose of your household hazardous waste at no cost).
Electronic Waste Recycling
You may recycle electronic waste 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the ReStore Donation area. All electronics are responsibly recycled through Midwest Electronics Recovery in Walford, Iowa. Cash and checks only; checks should be made to the Iowa City Landfill. Costs are:
$5 per monitor or television less than 18" on the diagonal (includes components)
$10 per monitor or television 18" or greater (includes components)
$2 per other item, including VCRs, DVD players, stereos, printers or CPUs without monitors, laptops, cell phones, boxes of media including VHS tapes, DVDs, CD, etc.
Hazardous Waste Mobile Collections
Mobile hazardous waste collections are held by the Iowa City Landfil and Recycling Center quarterly. Please see www.icgov.org/hazardouswaste for a list of materials that will be accepted or call 319-887-6160 for more information.
The next mobile collection is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please note that we will accept one box of hazardous materials per household at mobile events and that latex paint will NOT be accepted.
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is a reuse and resale venue for building materials. Donations are accepted 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; the store is open for sales 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please visit the ReStore website for more information. http://www.iowavalleyhabitat.org/
Furniture Project is managed and operated by the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore. You may donate furniture during ReStore's donations hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Furniture Project is open to residents with referral forms for furniture on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please see http://iowavalleyhabitat.org/pages/habitat-restore/restore-partnerships/furniture-project.php or call 319-338-5687 for more information.
Salvage Barn, a program of the Iowa City Friends of Historic Preservation, is a resale venue for historically significant building materials. Donations hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Sales Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. More information: http://www.ic-fhp.org/.
If you have questions about the East Side Recycling Center, please call the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6160.