East Side Recycling Center
East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, is a place where the community can learn about the environment, recycle, and reuse, with the help of our partner organizations located on site. Recycling programs provided by the City of Iowa City/East Side Recycling Center are available to residents and businesses within Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside. Materials from outside of this service area are not accepted.


Compost and Wood Chips

Compost (50 cents per 5 gallons) and wood chips (50 cents per 5 gallons) are available at East Side Recycling Center currently in small batch. 

Both compost and wood chips are in high demand in the spring/summer seasons, but staff are checking containers frequently and refilling supplies as needed. Please bring your own container and shovel to load materials. 


Looking for educational materials, or a speaker to talk about waste reduction or recycling? Resource Management staff are available to offer educational materials or virtual presentations. 

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

Environmental Education Center 
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. The capacity is 50 people.  Parking is limited, especially on Saturdays when our site partners see high customer traffic.  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

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.


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
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 2-inch ball)
  • Holiday Lights: accepted at ReStore’s donation area during ReStore open hours 
  • Electronics and Small Appliances: recycle at ReStore's donation area during ReStore open hours 
  • Light Bulbs: recycle CFLs and LEDs at ReStore during ReStore open hours (note: tubes are not accepted at this location)
  • Wine Corks: place corks in cork recycling bin in Oil Recycling Shed

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."

Site Partners

1. Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity 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 or call 319-351-1875 for more information. 

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