Purple-topped recycling bins are shown alongside text "Recycling Glass? Look for the purple!"

If you recycle glass in Iowa City, there are some exciting program changes coming soon.

What to expect in the next few weeks

The glass recycling containers at current drop-off locations will get new signage and fresh paint. Currently painted brown and light blue, the glass recycling containers are being painted purple. Expect to find containers in their usual locations at drop-off sites but look for the purple.

Current recycling drop-off locations include:

  • East Side Recycling Center (2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City)
  • South Riverside Recycling Center (1200 South Riverside Dr., Iowa City)
  • Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center (3900 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City)

New glass drop-off locations in the next 1-2 months

Three additional glass drop-off locations will be established for our service area (residents of Johnson County, Kalona, Riverside) to recycle glass at no cost by the end of March.

These additional locations will be for glass only; there will not be recycling options for plastic, metal, cardboard, or other materials.

The specifics of each new location will be announced soon.

Why is this important?

This program expansion is in response to the community identifying a need for easier, more accessible glass recycling options. Glass is not allowed in curbside recycling, as it lessens the quality of glass when added to a single stream recycling mix, making the glass difficult to recycle. By keeping glass separate, we ensure that we have a clean, high-quality product that is easy to recycle. Glass is 100% recyclable forever, which is why we don’t want this valuable material ending up in a landfill.

Questions? Contact the Recycling Coordinator, Jane Wilch, at 319-887-6110 or jane-wilch@iowa-city.org.

Date of publication

Friday, February 11, 2022