Proper disposal of hazardous material is important for the safety of your family, household pets, and our environment. Reduce the risk of poisonings, fires, and toxic fumes by properly disposing of hazardous materials. The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center accepts residential household hazardous materials, and offers a program for waste generated by small businesses

The facility also offers the Swap Shop, where residents can browse, free used materials, like auto fluids and paint, in addition to community mobile collection events

Never dispose of hazardous chemicals directly into the garbage, sink, toilet, storm drains, or community waterways. 

Hazardous Material Examples

Hazardous material can be found throughout the home. Look at a product's label - words such as Danger, Warning, and Caution indicate that the product may be hazardous.

  • Kitchen: floor care products, furniture and metal polish, oven cleaner, stain remover, drain cleaner
  • Bathroom: toilet bowl cleaner, mildew remover, abrasive cleaner, disinfectant, hair remover
  • Garage: antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, engine degreaser, battery acid, lighter fluid, kerosene, gasoline, oil, auto batteries
  • Workshop: oil-based paint, adhesives, glue, resin, solvents, strippers, varnishes, stains, paint thinner, rechargeable batteries, (20 gallon paint limit, including one 5-gallon pail, one per visit)
  • Lawn/garden: weed killer, pesticides, bug spray, fertilizer
  • Light Bulbs: fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), LEDs
  • Other:  photo developers, pool chemicals, shoe polish, art supply chemicals, moth balls, nail polish and remover, sharps and syringes


Batteries including sealed lead, auto, Ni-Cd, lithium, rechargeable, watch batteries, hearing aid batteries, cellular phone batteries, and alkaline are accepted for proper disposal at the Hazardous Material Collection Facility. 

Battery terminals must be taped with clear packing tape or placed in a sealed, clear plastic bag (one battery per bag). 

Residential Hazardous Material 

All residents of Johnson County, Riverside, and Kalona can bring hazardous waste 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 am to 2 pm, 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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    Small 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.

    Swap Shop 

    While at the Landfill, browse the items in the Exchange Room. These items are in good condition and are free for the taking. Customers have brought them to the Hazardous Material Collection Facility, and are most often paints and automobile fluids. 

    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. Latex paint is not accepted at mobile events.

    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.