The Hazardous Material Collection Facility, located at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center (3900 Hebl Avenue SW, Iowa City), accepts:

  • Residential hazardous material from Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside during facility open hours only: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Small business hazardous material from Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside by appointment only
  • Household Hazardous Material Collection Guide (or view the text-only version)

Materials from outside of this service area are not accepted.  

This web page has information on the following: 

Proper disposal of household hazardous material (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 (or view the text-only version) for information on what hazardous material is and how to properly dispose of it. 

Watch this short tutorial on what items are accepted at the Hazardous Material Collection Facility and how you can utilize this service.

Battery Drop-off Locations

Hazardous Material Collection Facility (3900 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City)

Any and all types of batteries are accepted at the main battery drop-off location, the Hazardous Material Collection Facility. Available to Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside residents only.

  • What: All types of batteries, including alkaline, are accepted at this facility.
    • Single Use Batteries
      • Alkaline, Zinc Air (Hearing Aid), Lithium
    • Rechargeable Batteries
      • Auto Batteries, Cell Phone Batteries, Lithium Ion or Polymer, Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride, Rechargeable Alkaline, Sealed Lead Acid
  • Where: Drive into Lane 1 and pull under the building overhang. Staff will assist you. 
  • When: The facility is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other Community Battery Drop-off Locations

At these locations, single use and rechargeable batteries are accepted with a few exceptions. Large-sized batteries, damaged batteries, and large quantities of batteries should be taken directly to the Hazardous Material Collection Facility. Available to Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside residents only.

  • Iowa City Fire Station #2 West (301 Emerald St., Iowa City) 
    • Where: The battery dropbox is located in the entryway (between the exterior and interior main entrance doors).
    • When: Accessible daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ace Hardware East (1558 Mall Drive, Iowa City) 
    • Where: Take batteries to the cashier counter at the front of the store. 
    • When: Accessible during store open hours. 
  • Ace Hardware North (600 N Dodge St., Iowa City)
    • Where: Take batteries to the cashier counter at the front of the store. 
    • When: Accessible during store open hours. 
  • City Hall Cashier Counter (410 E Washington St., Iowa City)
    • Where: Enter the City Hall front lobby, go up the stairs to the right and through the glass door. Hand batteries to the Cashier staff to be recycled.
    • When: Accessible during open hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • North Liberty Community Center (520 W Cherry St., North Liberty) 
    • Where: Take batteries to the front desk.
    • When: Accessible during open hours. 
  • Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th St., Coralville)
    • Where: Take batteries to the front desk.
    • When: Accessible during open hours. 

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 or bag, however, if they are not taped or bagged when they arrive at our drop-off locations, staff will properly prepare batteries. 

Have battery-containing items, such as cell phones or Bluetooth speakers to recycle? Visit for electronic recycling options. 

Rechargeable Battery-Only Drop-off Locations

Rechargeable and cell phone batteries are also accepted at these locations. Single-use batteries, such as alkaline, are not accepted. 

  1. Staples (820 S Riverside Drive, Iowa City)
  2. Interstate Batteries (1709 2nd Street Coralville)
  3. Lowe's Home Improvement (2701 2nd Street, Coralville)
Want to learn more about batteries? 

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. 

Reduce latex paint waste with the following tips: 

  • Buy only the amount of paint that you need. To assist with this, use a paint calculator, such as Lowe’s Paint Calculator, to measure exactly how much paint you will need to complete a job. 
  • Mix together unused light colors to use as primer. 
  • Give extra paint to someone that could use it.

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and LEDs are accepted for recycling at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, East Side Recycling Center, and other drop-off locations around Johnson County. 

For more information and a full list of drop-off locations, 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. Laundry detergent bottles, medical sharps containers, or coffee cans are acceptable containers. 

contain syringes and sharps in a rigid container

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.
hazardous material collection facility

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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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