The City of Iowa City Resource Management Division includes these services and operations: 

The recycling and composting programs are designed to promote recycling and reuse of materials rather than landfill disposal. 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, recycling, and organics services are available for single-family homes up to 4-unit multifamily buildings.

Monthly fees per curbside service: 

  • Garbage: $12
  • Recycling: $6
  • Organics: $2

To find out which weekday your address receives curbside collection, view the map. 

    To learn more about these services, watch the Curbside 101 video below.

    Curbside Customer Best Practices

    • Do not overfill carts. City ordinance states the lids must be closed
    • Bag all trash
    • Keep all recycling materials loose
    • Place carts at curb by 7 a.m. 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. Billing is monthly. 

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