The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center accepts residential household hazardous material (HHM) and small business hazardous material from Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside. This web page has information on the following: 

Proper disposal of HHM is important for the safety of your family, household pets, and our environment. Never dispose of hazardous chemicals directly into the garbage, sink, toilet, storm drains, or waterways. Reduce the risk of poisonings, fires, and toxic fumes by properly disposing of hazardous material.

View the Household Hazardous Material Collection Guide for information on what hazardous material is and how to properly dispose of it. 

The Iowa City Landfill can only accept hazardous and other materials from our service area: Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside


All batteries are accepted for proper disposal, including alkaline batteries, at the Hazardous Material Collection Facility. Examples include: 

  • Single Use Batteries (Primary)
    • Alkaline  
    • Zinc Air (Hearing Aid)
    • Lithium
  • Rechargeable Batteries (Secondary)
    • Auto Batteries
    • Cell Phone Batteries
    • Lithium-Ion
    • Lithium Polymer
    • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
    • Nickel Metal Hydride
    • Rechargeable Alkaline
    • Sealed Lead Acid

Both battery terminals must be taped with clear packing tape or placed in a sealed, clear plastic bag (one battery per bag). Residents are encouraged to tape battery terminals, however, if they are untaped when they arrive at our facility, landfill staff will properly tape batteries. 

For more information, view the Battery handout

Other local non-alkaline battery drop-off locations: 
  • Staples (820 S Riverside Drive, Iowa City)
  • Lenoch & Cilek Ace East (1558 Mall Drive, Iowa City)
  • Lowes (2701 2nd Street, Coralville)

Latex Paint

Latex paint is not hazardous.

Empty cans of dried latex paint can be placed in the trash.

Liquid latex paint needs to be dried out before placing in the trash. Dry out latex paint by mixing in kitty litter or shredded paper until it is a cottage cheese consistency. 

Fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and LEDs are accepted for recycling at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.

Also, there are Adopt-A-Bin light bulb recycling drop-off locations around Johnson County.

For more information, visit the Light Bulbs page

Sharps and Syringes

Residents can safely dispose of sharps and syringes at the Hazardous Material Collection Facility.

They must be contained in a rigid plastic or metal container with a secure lid.

For more information, visit the Medicine, Sharps, Syringes Disposal page

Residential Hazardous Material 

All residents of Johnson County, Riverside, and Kalona can bring hazardous material to the Hazardous Material Collection Facility at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center (3900 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City) at no cost. 

The facility is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., no appointment needed.

Instructions for using the facility: 
  1. Keep items in original, sealed, upright containers. Label any unmarked containers. Never mix chemicals.
  2. Visit the facility during open hours only.
  3. When you arrive, pull through Lane 1, and park under the overhang on the building. Landfill staff will be ready to serve you.

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    Business Hazardous Material 

    Businesses in Johnson County that generate hazardous material may be eligible for the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) program.

    The program allows businesses that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous material per month, and store less than 1,000 pounds, to safely dispose of hazardous material. 

    To participate, businesses must: 
    • Complete a VSQG Business Packet
    • Schedule an appointment to bring a load. Contact Resource Management at 319-887-6160  to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our hazardous material disposal services.
    Business Categories: 

    Any Johnson County business that produces hazardous material within the above parameters can participate in this program. Here are a few business examples that produce hazardous material on a regular basis with information for each category: 

    Swap Shop

    The Swap Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  One person is allowed in at a time.   

    The landfill office is closed to the public. The entrance door to the Swap Shop is to the left of the main door.

    The Swap Shop hosts items that are gently-used, in good condition, and free for the taking. 

    Customers have brought them to the Hazardous Material Collection Facility, and are most often paints, automobile fluids, and cleaners. 

    Mobile Collections

    Residents of Iowa City and other communities in rural areas of Johnson County, as well as residents of Kalona and Riverside, may dispose of one box of household hazardous materials per household, including oil-based paint, household cleaners, batteries, sharps, motor oil and other automotive fluids. 

    Mobile Neighborhood Collection Events

    The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center can schedule mobile hazardous material collection events for neighborhoods in Iowa City and surrounding communities in Johnson County. 

    • Latex paint is not accepted at mobile events.
    • There is a $250 fee for a three-hour event.
    • A six-week lead time is needed to schedule a mobile event.

    Call 319-887-6160 to discuss having an event in your neighborhood or community.

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