The East Side Recycling Center, located at 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, is a site for citizens 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 Jennifer Jordan.

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 contact Jen to reserve the education center.

Recycling

The recycling drop site is similar to others in the City. More information is available at www.icgov.org/recycling.

Site partners

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is a reuse and resale venue for building materials. Visit the ReStore website for more information and current hours for donations and sales at http://www.iowacityrestore.com/.

Furniture Project is managed and operated by the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore. You may donate furniture during ReStore's donations hours.  See http://www.iowacityrestore.com/#!furniture-project/c1knw or call 319-338-5687 for more information.

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 website for more information and current donation/sales hours at http://www.salvagebarn.org/.

If you have questions about the East Side Recycling Center, contact Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jordan.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE collection event

Friday, June 17
8 am to 11 am
East Side Recycling Center
2401 Scott Blvd SE

Limitations:
- 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.

Below is a list of 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 call the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6160 with any questions.