Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center
3900 Hebl Avenue ::: Iowa City, Iowa 52246 ::: ph 319.356.5185
Public Works Director
7:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Saturday
Closed on major holidays and windy days
Iowa City Community Compost
Please note: The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center will have compost available on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The cost is $10 per ton. We will keep this site updated with information about availability. Beginning July 1, 2013, the cost will be $20 per ton.
This video features Landfill Superintendent, Dave Elias speaking about the challenges of managing the Iowa City Landfill.
The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center serves Johnson County, Kalona and Riverside. Each year, the landfill takes in about 125,000 tons of trash. Trash is landfill according to stringent federal and state regulations to ensure that environmental protection is in place.
The landfill has been at its current location since 1971. In total, the landfill is about 400 acres in size, about half which contains buried trash. Remaining land is used as a buffer for surrounding properties and wetlands.
The Iowa Waste Reduction and Recycling Act was legislated in 1989 and banned several items from Iowa landfills, including yard waste, tires, lead acid batteries, appliances and oil. This initiated recycling programs for these items that are still in place today.
For information regarding the Landfill fire, please see "Iowa City Landfill Fire Information & Updates" on the home page of our website.
Garbage Disposal Rates
The landfill accepts Cash, Checks, Mastercard and Visa
Iowa City residents:
$3 for any garbage load less than 140 pounds; approx. $0.50 for each additional 20 lb. over 140 pounds. Charge per ton: $38.50.
Non Iowa City residents:
$43.50 per ton
- Appliances - $12.50 per appliance; $1/cu. ft. for large commercial appliances
- Asbestos (Friable - $105/cu. yd.; Non-friable - $105/ton)
- Petroleum contaminated soil - $43.50/ton (3 ton minimum)
- Tires - $0.07 per lb ($3 minimum)
Yard waste, including tree trimmings, grass clippings, leaves, etc., was banned from Iowa landfills in 1988. Residents and businesses may NOT put yardwaste in with regular trash. It must be kept separate from trash; the landfill can accept yard waste for composting.
- Free disposal to Iowa City and County residents
- $24 per ton for commercial businesses
Compost and Wood Chip Mulch
The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center will have Iowa City Community Compost available on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The cost is $10 per ton. The minimum charge is $1. We can load your truck or trailer with an endloader; if you want smaller amounts, please bring a container and a shovel to load yourself.
Beginning July 1, 2013, the cost will be $20 per ton.
Wood chip mulch is free upon availability. Beginning July 1, 2013, the cost will be $20 per ton.
Used Motor Oil Disposal
Used motor oil is accepted at no charge at the landfill drop-off building. No appointment is necessary. Please leave your containers on the shelf on the west wall.
Looking for a speaker to talk about waste reduction or recycling? Or maybe your class or group would like to take a tour of the landfill. Each year, landfill staff members talk to thousands of people about what we do at the landfill and how residents can reduce their waste. Watch for us at Earth Day celebrations, Rummage in the Ramp, Farmers Market, the Iowa City Public Library and more! If you would like someone to talk to your group or set up a landfill tour, please contact the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the East Side Recycling Center page at www.icgov.org/esrc for a list of upcoming environmental events in the community. If you have events to add, please email email@example.com.
Commonly Requested Documents
Iowa City Area Resale and Consignment Directory (2011-2012)