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  • Public health and safety recommendations: 
    • Cash is discouraged. Please use credit or debit card, or check.
    • The landfill office is not open to the public.
    • In the self-serve recycling and composting areas, exercise social distancing of 6-feet.
    • For information on how to handle waste materials during the pandemic, view Waste and Recycling COVID-19 Recommendations
  • Holiday Operations and Closures

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center serves Johnson County, Kalona and Riverside, and is used by both residential and commercial haulers. The landfill cannot accept waste or other materials from outside of this service area. 

Each year, the landfill takes in about 135,000 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.

Landfill Bans

These items are not allowed to be landfilled, and must be properly recycled and handled through programs offered at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center: 

  • Yard waste, Cardboard, Computer and TV monitors, Tires, Appliances, Lead acid batteries, Oil

On this web page, find information on residential and commercial waste hauling, compost and wood chips pickup, and educational opportunities. Also, learn about the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center's Environmental Management System, a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) program. 


Residential Hauling 

When you visit the landfill, separate trash from appliances, electronics, yard waste and recycling. Be sure to secure loads so that items do not blow out. Haulers with unsecured loads will receive one warning without charge. Each subsequent violation will carry a $50 cost.

Use lane 2 at the landfill, pull up to the window (in the silver silo), and let the scale master know what you have for materials.

The landfill accepts cash, checks, and credit cards (Mastercard, Visa and Discover).

1. Garbage
  • Regular Garbage (Iowa City residents): $7 for any garbage load less than 300 pounds; approximately 50 cents for each additional 20 pounds over 300 pounds. Charge per ton is $45.
  • Regular Garbage (non-Iowa City residents; only accept from Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside): $7.50 for any garbage load less than 300 pounds; approximately 50 cents for each additional 20 pounds over 300 pounds. Charge per ton is $50.
  • Special Wastes: Iowa City $90/ton (minimum charge); Non-Iowa City: $100/ton (minimum charge).   This includes but is not limited to loads of railroad ties, telephone pole and tree root balls.  Other items may be charged as special waste if special handling is required. 
  • Asbestos: friable - $105/cubic yard; non-friable - $105/ton (Note: 24-hour notice is required. Call 319-356-5151.)
  • Contaminated Soil: $50/ton (3-ton minimum)

Rural Cleanup Program

Johnson County's Rural Cleanup Program allows residents of unincorporated Johnson County to dispose of up to one ton (2,000 pounds) of waste per household per calendar year at no cost at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Avenue, Iowa City. The program is provided to encourage proper waste disposal and recycling and discourage burning and dumping of waste in rural Johnson County. Funding for this program comes from the Rural Basic Fund, which is a tax on unincorporated property in Johnson County for County-provided rural services.

2. Organics (Food Waste and Yard Waste)
  • Food Waste: no charge
  • Yard Waste: no charge; yard waste is banned from the landfill
3. Recycling

No charge for the following: 

  • Paper and Cardboard: newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, paperboard, telephone books, paperback books, corrugated cardboard, waxy cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: #1 through #5, and #7
  • Metal cans, foil, pie pans: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 2-inch ball)
  • Scrap metal: iron, steel, aluminum, brass, copper
  • Holiday lights: accepted in electronic waste recycling 
  • Bicycles
  • Light Bulbs (CFL and LED)

Fees to dispose of the following: 

  • Tires: $0.15/pound ($3 minimum); tires are banned from the landfill
  • Roofing Shingles:  $30/ton; must be clean loads; no other debris allowed
    • In conjunction with LL Pelling, the landfill 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.
  • Appliances: $12.50 per appliance; $1 per cubic foot for large commercial appliances; appliances are banned from the landfill.
    • Examples of accepted items: microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, dryers, dehumidifiers and lawn mowers.
  • Electronics: Pay at the Scalehouse and you will be directed to the self-service electronics recycling area; television and computer monitors are banned from the landfill. 
    • $15: each computer system or TV (fee includes computer components)
    • $3 per item: Miscellaneous electronic items such as printers, CPUs, VCRs, electronic items that don't have a CRT screen/monitor
    • $3 per item: other small electronics, small appliances and miscellaneous items such as grills, vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, toasters, blenders, coffee pots
    • $1 per helium or propane tanks
4. Hazardous Material

No charge. For a list of accepted materials, visit the Hazardous Material web page

  • Medicine/Pharmaceuticals
  • Sharps
  • Batteries
  • Oil (Automotive and Vegetable)
    • Bring oils in sealed plastic bottles and leave in the Oil Recycling Shed.
    • Please label container as “motor” or “vegetable” oil.

Commercial Hauling 

Businesses can bring materials to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center and will incur the following fees. 

1. Garbage
  • Regular Garbage (Iowa City): $45/ton
  • Regular Garbage (non-Iowa City; only accept from Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside):  $50/ton
  • Special Wastes: Iowa City: $90/ton (minimum charge); Non-Iowa City: $100/ton (minimum charge). This includes but is not limited to loads of railroad ties or telephone pole and tree root balls.  Other items may be charged as special waste if special handling is required. 
  • Asbestos: Friable - $105/cubic yard; Non-friable - $105/ton (Note: 24-hour notice is required. Call 319-356-5151.)
  • Contaminated Soil: $50/ton (3-ton minimum)
2. Organics (Yard Waste and Food Waste)
  • $24/ton. Large stumps and stumps with root balls are charged as special waste at $90/ton (Iowa City) and $100/ton (non-Iowa City). 
3. Recycling 
  • Tires: $0.15/pound ($3 minimum); tires are banned from the landfill.
  • Roofing Shingles:  $30/ton (must be clean loads--no other debris allowed)
    • In conjunction with LL Pelling, the landfill 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).
  • Light Bulbs:
    • CFL or LED bulbs: 54 cents/bulb
    • Tubes 4-foot and under: 54 cents/bulb
    • Tubes 4-foot and over: 72 cents/bulb
    • Light fixtures with PBCs: $3 each
4. Hazardous Material

If your Johnson County business generates hazardous material, you may be eligible for the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) program, which allows businesses that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous material per month, and store less than 1,000 pounds, to safely dispose of hazardous material. 

To participate in the program: 

  • Complete a VSQG Business Packet 
  • Schedule an appointment before bringing a load. Call the Iowa City Landfill at 319-887-6160 to schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our hazardous materials disposal services. 

Compost and Wood Chips

Compost

Iowa City Community Compost, made from local yard and food waste, is sold in large or small quantities. When available, the compost costs $20 per ton with a $2 minimum. Landfill staff can load your truck or trailer with an endloader. For smaller amounts, bring a container and a shovel to self-load.

Wood Chips 

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center has coarse-ground wood chip mulch available at no cost. Landfill staff can load your truck or trailer, including semi trailers. For small quantities bring your own container and a pitchfork or shovel.  


Construction and Demolition Waste

Construction and demolition waste results from remodeling, construction, and demolition projects. Some examples include roof shingles, concrete, lumber, and fiberglass insulation. 

Over 3,000 tons of construction and demolition materials end up in the Iowa City Landfill every year. By recycling, composting, and reusing materials as much as possible, we can preserve landfill space, save natural resources, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Use the Construction and Demolition Waste Guide to learn what you can do with common construction and demolition materials once you are done with them. While some materials need to be landfilled, many materials can be recycled, composted, or reused. 

For more information, contact the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center at jennifer-jordan@iowa-city.org or 319-887-6160.


Environmental Management System 

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

  • Environmental Education
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction
  • Household Hazardous Material
  • Recycling Services
  • Water Quality Improvement
  • Organics Waste Management

Educational Opportunities

Looking for educational materials, or a speaker to talk about waste reduction or recycling? Resource Management staff are available to offer educational materials or virtual presentations. 

For more information, contact the Recycling Coordinator at jane-wilch@iowa-city.org or 319-887-6110.


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