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Cardboard Ban at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center

Starting January 2, 2018, cardboard is not allowed in the trash.   

At the Iowa City Landfill, trash loads that have a discernible amount of cardboard will be charged double the regular tipping fee. 

This ban applies to all of Johnson County and the cities of Kalona and Riverside.  

For more information about the cardboard ban and where to recycle cardboard, visit: www.icgov.org/recycle.

 

Free coarse-ground wood chip mulch!

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center has coarse-ground wood chip mulch available at no cost, reduced from the regular price $10 per ton.  We can load your truck and/or trailer. If you’d like a small quantity, please take your own container and a pitchfork or shovel.  Questions?  Please call 319-887-6160 or email jennifer-jordan@iowa-city.org.  

About the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center

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 landfilled 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 area, about half which contains buried trash. Remaining land is used for wetlands and as a buffer for surrounding properties.

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.

Environmental Management System

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center is designated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as an Environmental Management System. Being an EMS includes setting a policy statement, goals and targets; the EMS framework focuses the landfill on continuous improvement in six key areas set up by the Iowa State Legislature:

  • Environmental education 
  • Greenhouse gas reduction
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Recycling services
  • Water quality improvement
  • Organics management

Self-hauling

To take your own trash to the landfill, separate trash from appliances, electronics, yard waste and recycling. Secure your loads to ensure that items do not blow out.  Haulers with unsecured loads will be given one $0 warning; each violation after incurs a $50 charge. 

Use lane #2 at the landfill; when it's your turn, pull up to the window (in the silver silo) and let the scale master know what you have. The landfill accepts cash, checks, Mastercard and Visa.

Iowa City residents:  $6.50 for any garbage load less than 300 pounds; approximately 50 cents for each additional 20 pounds over 140 pounds. Charge per ton is $42.50.

Non Iowa City residents:  $7.00 for any garbage load less than 300 pounds; approximately 50 cents for each additional 20 pounds over 140 pounds. Charge per ton is $47.50.

Special fees

  • Appliances: $12.50 per appliance; $1 per cubic foot for large commercial appliances
    • Have an old but still working appliance? MidAmerican Energy will pick it up and pay you for it. Learn more here.
  • Asbestos: Friable - $105 per cubic yard; Non-friable - $105 per ton
  • Petroleum contaminated soil: $43.50 per ton (three ton minimum)
  • Tires: $0.15 per pound ($3 minimum)
  • Shingles:  $30 per ton (must be clean loads--no other debris allowed)
    • The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, in conjunction with LL Pelling, recycles shingles for use in asphalt paving.  Loads of shingles for recycling must be clean; no trash can be mixed in with the shingles.  Any loads containing trash will be charged the regular trash fee.  Ask your roofer or contractor to recycle shingles at the landfill!

  • Yard waste:  there is no charge for residents who self-haul yard waste, brush or other organics.  Commercial haulers are charged $24/ton for yard waste, brush or other organics. 

Other disposal information

Compact fluorescent light bulbs and tubes

Electronic waste

Hazardous waste

Used motor oil: Accepted at no charge at the landfill drop-off building and at East Side Recycling Center (oil recycling shed). No appointment is necessary. Please leave your containers on the shelves provided. Do not dump oil. 

Vegetable oil:  Accepted by appointment at the Iowa City Landfill's hazardous waste facility or at the East Side Recycling Center (oil recycling shed); no appointment is needed at East Side. Please leave your containers on the shelves provided. Do not dump oil. 

Yard waste

Recycling: Newspaper/magazines/mixed paper/office paper/junk mail/chipboard/telephone books/hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard/cartons and aseptic packaging, glass (clear, brown, green), #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans, holiday lights (with electronic waste)

Compost and wood chip mulch

We currently have compost at both the Iowa City Landfill (large or small quantities) and the East Side Recycling Center (small quantities only, please).

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center produces Iowa City Community Compost from yard waste from around Johnson County. When available, the compost cost $20 per ton with a $2 minimum. 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.

FREE COARSE-GROUND WOOD CHIP MULCH!

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center has coarse-ground woodchip mulch available at no cost, reduced from the regular price $10 per ton.  We can load your truck and/or trailer. If you’d like a small quantity, please take your own container and a pitchfork or shovel.

Educational opportunities

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, contact Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch.