At the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, education is a priority. Residents come to enjoy unique programming and take advantage of special events, like mobile household hazardous material collections. They can also rent the Environmental Eduction Center for their own use.

East Side is a place where the community can recycle, collect compost, and also reuse, with the help of our partner organizations located on site. 

There is always something to discover at Iowa City's East Side Recycling Center, whether it be waste reduction, stormwater management, energy efficiency, or green building. 


Interested in learning more about waste reduction? Resource Management staff provide group tours of East Side (minimum of 10 people), and host a variety of events throughout the year. For more information on events, contact Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch at 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


Information on recyclables that are accepted at the East Side Recycling Center is available at

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 chip mulch

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. 

For more information on mobile collection events and accepted items, view the Household Hazardous Material Collection Event Guide or visit

Questions? Call Resource Management at 319-356-5151, or the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6110 or