East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, is a place where the community can recycle, collect compost, and also reuse, with the help of our partner organizations located on site. Residents can also rent the Environmental Education Center for their own use.


Education

Interested in learning more about waste reduction? Resource Management staff provide group tours (minimum of 10 people), and host a variety of events throughout the year.

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


Environmental Education Center 
An image of the environmental education center.

The Environmental Education Center is an all-season event venue. The center is the perfect size for a meeting, company gathering, family reunion, or other function. For more information about the Environmental Education Center and rental details, check out the Environmental Education Center Information Guide

To reserve the space, see the rental agreement and call 319-356-5151 or email esrc@iowa-city.org


Recycling

Available 24/7, except electronics and small appliances, light bulbs, and holiday lights recycling. 

  • Cardboard: please flatten
  • Paper: newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, office paper, junk mail, paperboard, telephone books, paperback books, waxy cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: #1 through #5, and #7
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 2-inch ball)
  • Holiday Lights: accepted at ReStore’s donation area during ReStore open hours (Tues to Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Wine Corks: place corks in cork recycling bin in Oil Recycling Shed
  • Electronics and Small Appliances: recycle at ReStore's donation area during ReStore open hours (Tues to Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Light Bulbs: recycle CFLs and LEDs at ReStore (Tues to Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Oil Recycling

Automotive and vegetable oils can be recycled at the East Side Recycling Center. 

Accepted materials:

  • Oil filters
  • Motor oil
  • Vegetable cooking oil

Bring oils in sealed plastic bottles and leave in the Oil Recycling Shed. Please label containers as "motor oil" or "vegetable oil."


Compost and Wood Chips

When available, the compost costs $0.50 per five gallons (bring your own container) and large quantities can be purchased at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center for $20 per ton with a $2 minimum. 

Wood chips are no cost.


Site Partners

1. Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore sells used building materials and furniture. Visit ReStore's website for more information or call 319-338-5687.

2. Salvage Barn, a program of the Iowa City Friends of Historic Preservation, sells used, historically-significant building materials.Visit the Salvage Barn's website for more information. 


Household Hazardous Material Events

Mobile collection events are held approximately quarterly at the East Side Recycling Center. Residents of Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside, can dispose of one box of household hazardous materials per household. No latex paint is accepted at mobile events.

For a full list of accepted items, visit Hazardous Material.

For more information, call the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center at 319-356-5185.


Questions?