The East Side Recycling Center, located at 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, is a site for the public to reuse and recycle materials and to learn about waste reduction, stormwater, energy and green building. The City also hosts two local non-profit agencies that play a role in waste reduction in the community. The Environmental Education Center is certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Educational opportunities

Looking for a speaker to talk about waste reduction or recycling? Or maybe your class or group would like to take a tour of the East Side Recycling Center. Each year, landfill staff members talk to thousands of people about what we do at the landfill and at East Side Recycling Center and how residents can reduce their waste. Watch for us at Earth Day celebrations, Rummage in the Ramp, Farmers Market, the Iowa City Public Library and more! If you would like someone to talk to your group or set up a landfill or East Side Recycling Center tour, contact Recycling Coordinator, Jane Wilch.

Renting the Education Center

The Environmental Education Center is an all-season event venue. The location is the perfect size for a meeting, company gathering, family reunion or other function. The venue can accommodate around 50
guests at tables or classroom style seating, or up to 75 in an informal reception setting.

Photos of various set-ups at the center

Rental costs

The City is happy to host and help advertise public environmental presentations, workshops, classes or other public environmental activities at no cost. For other events, a refundable $100 deposit is required. The cost for a non-profit organization is $5 per hour. The cost for a business or individual is $12.50 per hour.

If you wish to serve beer or wine, additional stipulations apply:

  • approval from the City (via the contract) is required
  • a general liability insurance policy is required
  • a designee must be present for the duration of the event
  • the fee is $40 per hour

To reserve the space, please see the rental agreement and call 319-356-5151 or email


The recycling drop site is similar to others in the City. More information is available here:

Compost and wood chip mulch

We currently have compost at both the Iowa City Landfill (large or small quantities) and the East Side Recycling Center (small quantities only, please).

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center produces Iowa City Community Compost from yard and food waste from around Johnson County. When available, the compost costs $0.50 per five gallons (please take your own container).  When available, large quantities can be purchased at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center for $20 per ton with a $2 minimum.  At the landfill, staff can load your truck or trailer with an endloader; if you want smaller amounts, please bring a container and a shovel to load yourself.

The landfill also produces wood chip mulch, which is also $0.50 per five gallons (please take your own container).  At the landfill, wood chip mulch is $10 per ton with a $2 minimum.  At the landfill, staff can load your truck or trailer with an endloader; if you want smaller amounts, please bring a container and a shovel to load yourself.

Site partners

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is a reuse and resale venue for building materials. Visit ReStore's website for more information and current hours for donations and sales or call 319-338-5687.

Salvage Barn, a program of the Iowa City Friends of Historic Preservation, is a resale venue for historically significant building materials. Visit the Salvage Barn's website for more information and current donation/sales hours.

If you have questions about the East Side Recycling Center, contact Recycling Coordinator, Jane Wilch.


Mobile collection events are held approximately quarterly at the East Side Recycling Center. 

The next event has not yet been scheduled.

- Materials will be accepted from Johnson County HOUSEHOLDS ONLY. Businesses, schools, non-profits, churches, etc. should call 319-887-6160 for more information.
- One box of hazardous waste per household. If you have more than one box, please call the landfill to make an appointment at the permanent hazardous waste facility there: 319-356-5185.
- Please note that latex paint will NOT be accepted at this event. You can dry out latex paint (kitty litter or shredded paper work well)and put it in with your regular trash once it is dry to the consistency of cottage cheese.

Acceptable Items:
Garage: brake, transmission & lighter fluid, gasoline, kerosene, oil, battery acid, auto batteries Workshop: oil-based paint, adhesives, solvents, strippers, stains, varnishes, thinners, button and re-chargeable batteries
Lawn/Garden: weed killer, fertilizer, pesticides, bug spray
Kitchen: floor care products, furniture & metal polish, oven & drain cleaner
Bathroom: toilet bowl & abrasive cleaners, mildew remover, hair removers
Misc: moth balls, photo developers, shoe polish, nail polish & removers, syringes, art supply chemicals, fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs

Please email or call the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6110 with any questions.