The City will be hosting an additional organics container drop-off event from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at 1200 South Riverside Drive. Iowa City curbside customers can drop off empty, unwanted, personal 20-35 gallon organics (food and yard waste) containers at no cost.

The event will feature a drive-through format, with staff and signage available to direct residents on where to drop off their containers. These containers will then be recycled by the City. 

As of July 1, 2021, the City's curbside organics (food scraps and yard waste) collection program no longer accepts personal 20-35 gallon containers. Customers are now required to utilize a City-issued organics cart (25-gallons or 95-gallons, yellow lid), paper yard waste bags (for yard waste only), and/or bundles for collection.

Learn more about the change in organics cart collection at our website

If you do not already have a cart, you can sign-up at or call 319-356-5151 to obtain one. Customers will not see an additional charge on their bill for this cart, as it is included in the $2 per month fee charged to all customers. Additional carts are available for an additional $2 per month.

View the new Curbside Composting Guide for information on what can and cannot be composted at the curb.

Date of publication

Tuesday, July 06, 2021