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The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center serves Johnson County, Kalona and Riverside, and is used by both residential and commercial haulers. 

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. The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center is considered an Environmental Management System by the Iowa DNR, and offers community compost and education opportunities

The Iowa Waste Reduction and Recycling Act was legislated in 1989, and bans several items from Iowa landfills, including yard waste, tires, lead acid batteries, appliances and oil. This law initiated recycling programs that are still in place today.

The East Side Recycling Center also offers community recycling and programming in Iowa City. 


Residential Hauling 

Residents can take their own trash to the landfill. For information about the Iowa City's curbside recycling services, visit www.icgov.org/recycling

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.

Materials banned from entering the landfill: yard waste, cardboard, computer and TV monitors, tires, appliances, lead acid batteries, and oil. These items must be properly recycled and handled through programs offered at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.

Use lane no. 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 and Visa.

Residents will incur the following fees. 

1. Garbage

  • 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 (only accept Johnson County, City of Kalona, and City of Riverside): $7 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.

2. Organics (Food Waste and Yard Waste)

  • Food Waste: no charge
  • Yard Waste: no charge; yard waste is banned from the landfill

2. Recycling

No charge for the following items: 

  • Paper and Cardboard: newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, chipboard, telephone books, hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard, waxy cartons and aseptic packaging; cardboard is banned from the landfill
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: #1 through #5 and #7 plastics
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 1-inch ball)
  • Holiday lights: accepted in electronic waste recycling program
  • Bicycles: no charge
  • Light Bulbs: no charge; more at www.icgov.org/lightbulbs 

Fees are incurred to dispose of the following items: 

  • Tires: $0.15/pound ($3 minimum); tires are banned from the landfill
  • Roofing Shingles:  $30/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.
  • 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 and miscellaneous: No appointment needed. 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
    • $12: each computer system or TV with 18" screen or smaller (fee includes computer components)
    • $17: each computer system or TV with larger than 18" screen (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

3. Hazardous Materials

No charge, but appointment is required. For a list of accepted materials, visit www.icgov.org/hhm

  • Medicine/Pharmaceuticals: not accepted. For more information, visit www.icgov.org/medicine
  • Sharps: no charge, but appointment is required. For more information, visit www.icgov.org/hhm.
  • Batteries: no charge, but appointment is required. Visit www.icgov.org/hhm for more information. Note: Lead acid batteries are banned from the landfill.
  • Oil (Automotive and Vegetable): No charge.
    • Bring oils and fluids in sealed plastic bottles and leave in the Oil Recycling Shed.
    • Please label container as “motor” or “vegetable” oil.
  • Asbestos: friable - $105/cubic yard; non-friable - $105/ton

  • Petroleum-contaminated Soil: $43.50 per ton (3-ton minimum)


Commercial Hauling 

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

Materials banned from entering the landfill: yard waste, cardboard, computer and TV monitors, tires, appliances, lead acid batteries, and oil. These items must be properly recycled and handled through programs offered at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.

1. Garbage:

  • Iowa City resident: $42.50/ton
  • Non-Iowa City (only accept Johnson County, City of Kalona, and City of Riverside):  $47.50/ton

2. Yard Waste: $24/ton for yard waste, brush, and other organics.  Large stumps or stumps with root balls are charged as trash.

3. Food Waste: $24/ton for food waste and other organics

4. Tires: $0.15/pound ($3 minimum); tires are banned from the landfill.

5. Roofing Shingles:  $30/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).

6. Asbestos: Friable - $105/cubic yard; Non-friable - $105/ton

7. Petroleum-contaminated Soil: $43.50 per ton (3-ton minimum)

8. 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

9. 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: 

Call the Iowa City Landfill at 319-887-6160 to schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our hazardous materials disposal services. For more information, visit www.icgov.org/hhm


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 woodchip mulch available at no cost, reduced from the regular price of $10 per ton. Landfill staff can load your truck or trailer. For small quantities bring your own container and a pitchfork or shovel. 


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 a 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 a speaker to talk about waste reduction or recycling? Would you like a group tour of the Iowa City Landfill (minimum of 10 people)? Resource Management staff provide group tours of the landfill and host a variety of events throughout the year. For more information, contact Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch at jane-wilch@iowa-city.org or 319-887-6110.


Questions? Contact Resource Management at 319-356-5151.