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This web page provides information on waste reduction, recycling, and disposal resources when moving in or out. In addition to event opportunities, such as Donation Drive-Thru this summer, the Iowa City community has a variety of resources (provided below) to support donation, reuse, and recycling of items year-round. 

Iowa City Citywide Garage Sales

This year's Iowa City Citywide Garage Sales took place on Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page

Donation Drive-Thru

Donation Drive-Thru was a one-day donation and recycling event that took place on Sunday, July 24, 2022 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Chauncey Swan parking ramp. In a span of four hours, over four tons (approximately 8,246 pounds) of materials were saved from the landfill and diverted through recycling and donation programs. 

Recap of materials diverted at Donation Drive-Thru: 

Recycled Materials:

  • Batteries: 127.5 lbs.
  • Light Bulbs: 49 lbs.
  • Books: 858.5 lbs.
  • Mattresses and Box Springs: 1,025 lbs.

Donated Materials:

  • Books: 850 lbs.
  • Tables: 110 lbs.
  • Chairs: 235 lbs.
  • Appliances: 185 lbs.
  • Dressers and Bookshelves: 150 lbs.
  • Mattresses and Box Springs: 1,320 lbs.
  • Clothing/Shoes: 2,145 lbs.
  • Food: 315 lbs.
  • Hygiene/Grooming Products: 231 lbs.
  • Couch: 75 lbs.
  • Bed Frames: 225 lbs.
  • Lamps: 100 lbs.
  • Household/Kitchen Items: 245 lbs.

The event was meant to support local residents moving during the lease-turnover time at the end of July by providing disposal options for common or problematic items when moving. The City and several non-profit partners offered donation and recycling options.

Thank you to our volunteer groups, including Iowa City Free Lunch Program, Iowa Track & Field Club, and Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. 

We greatly appreciate Hy-Vee's donation of water and snacks for our volunteers! 

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Thank you to our local non-profit partners that received event donations, including Antelope Lending Library, Crowded Closet, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Houses into Homes, and Table to Table.

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Check out the list below for local resources on donation and disposal of items, as well as, ways to get involved in waste reduction in our community. 

View the Moving: Waste & Recycling Guide (or view the text-only version) for a list of local curbside collection, drop-off, and community programs and resources. 

Reduce and Reuse Stuff

For a variety of resources and information on how to reduce waste and reuse, visit the Reduction and Reuse web page

For year-round consignment and donation opportunities, check out the Iowa City Resale and Consignment Directory. These stores and organizations offer a variety of donation and consignment options. Beyond donating or selling, Iowa City residents can purchase items, and even furnish an apartment or home, at an affordable price with gently-used items. 

Repair Stuff

Visit the Repair web page for free tips, tricks, and tutorials on how to fix a variety of common items yourself. 

If you are not interested in do-it-yourself and you prefer to hire a professional, the Iowa City Area Repair Directory offers a list of professional repair options available in our community. 

Share or Borrow Stuff

There are a lot of items that can be rented, shared, or borrowed instead of bought which can save you time, money, and garage space. The Iowa City Rental Item Directory offers a variety of rental opportunities in our community for equipment, supplies, tools, and more. 

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