Landfill Closure to General Public

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Ave. SW, is closed to the general public until further notice.

The City will evaluate recommendations from county, state, and federal health experts before reopening facilities. Visit the City's COVID-19  web page for more information on what is being done locally, public health recommendations, and updates. 

The Landfill will remain open to commercial waste haulers and contractors. 

To dispose of waste during this time, the public is advised to use curbside services where available and public recycling drop-off sites.

Trash Haulers for Hire    

Recycling Drop-Off Sites

In an effort to meet the State of Iowa's waste reduction goals, The City of Iowa City has implemented garbage and recycling programs to encourage waste reduction.

The recycling programs are designed to promote recycling and reuse of materials rather than disposing into the landfill. The City of Iowa City emphasizes reduction and reuse as first priorities. The best option is not to produce waste in the first place, and is promoted through program opportunities and events.

Curbside garbage, organics (food waste and yard waste), and recycling services are available to single family residences and multiplexes of four units or fewer. To learn more about these services, view the Garbage, Organics, and Recycling Curbside Guide or watch the Curbside 101 video below.

Curbside Customer Best Practices

  • Do not overfill carts. City ordinance states the lids must be closed.
  • Place carts at curb by 7 AM on your curbside day
  • Keep at least 3-feet clear zone around each cart
  • Face arrows on cart lids to street
  • Return carts to your storage area at end of curbside day
  • Do not paint/write on carts
  • Do not remove carts from home
  • Put carts at curb only when full

Residents new to Iowa City, must sign up for utilities, which include water and curbside collection for garbage, recycling and organics, and are billed monthly.  

The City's Resource Management Division serves the residents of Iowa City by providing a high level of service, while emphasizing the safety of its workers.

Browse the links below to learn more about the City of Iowa City Resource Management Division. 


Visit our Recycling page to learn more about opportunities to recycle in Iowa City.

Organics (Food Waste and Yard Waste) 

Visit the Organics page for more information on Iowa City's yard waste and food waste programs. Learn ways to reduce food waste at home, and what materials can be composted.


View our Garbage page to learn about curbside garbage service and special item collection, such as electronics or tires.

Landfill and Recycling Centers

Check out our Landfill and Recycling Centers page to see hauling prices, and to learn about the services available at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, and the East Side Recycling Center



Utility Services