Television and computer monitor landfill ban

On November 1, 2016, the City Council of Iowa City passed a resolution banning televisions and computer monitors from the landfill.  These items must now be recycled. 

Electronics Recycling

Environmentally-safe electronic waste recycling is available at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center and at the East Side Recycling Center through the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Electronic waste includes computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, TVs, stereos, copiers, cables, networking hardware and other small electronic items. These items contain lead and other substances which are harmful to the environment if disposed of improperly. The landfill contracts with a DNR-approved recycler to dispose of or recycle these items.

We can also accept most other small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, toasters, blenders, etc. 

How to recycle these items

At the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Avenue

  • Take the items to the landfill during operating hours -- 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. As opposed to other hazardous waste, no appointment is needed.
  • Once you get to the scalehouse, your charges will be calculated and you can pay there. You will then be directed to the drop-off area, where you unload your items self-service.
  • Fee schedule:
    • $10: each computer system or TV with 18" screen or smaller (fee includes computer components)
    • $15: each computer system or TV with larger than 18" screen (fee includes computer components)
    • $0.25 per pound: bulk electronic waste
    • $2 per item: Miscellaneous electronic items such as printers, CPUs, VCRs that don't have a CRT screen/monitor.
    • $2 per item: other small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, toasters, blenders, etc.

At East Side Recycling Center (Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore donation area, north driveway)

  • Take the items to the IVHFH ReStore donation area during donation hours -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • Fee Schedule:
    • $10: each computer system or TV with 18" screen or smaller (fee includes computer components)
    • $15: each computer system or TV with larger than 18" screen (fee includes computer components)
    • $2 per item: Miscellaneous electronic items such as printers, CPUs, VCRs that do not have a CRT screen/monitor
    • $2 per item: other small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, toasters, blenders, etc. 

Please note that appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, stoves/ovens, washers, dryers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, etc., are considered appliances and can be recycled at the landfill for $12.50 each. Appliances may not be landfilled.