At the 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 Eduction Center for their own use.

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. 

Recycling opportunities at East Side are available 24/7, except electronics and small appliances recycling which is available through ReStore donations (Tues - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.).


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 

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. The next mobile collection event will be held Friday, September 6, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE in Iowa City. There is no cost to participate.  This event is for residents only (no businesses or non-profits).

Residents of Iowa City and other communities in rural areas of Johnson County, as well as residents of Kalona and Riverside, can dispose of one box of household hazardous materials per household.   Residents with more than one box of household hazardous materials, those with materials that will not be accepted at this event and all businesses, should call 319-356-5185 to make an appointment for disposal at the Iowa City Landfill’s collection facility.   

For a full list of accepted items, visit Hazardous Material. No latex paint is accepted at mobile events.

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

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