The Iowa City Landfill sees sharp increases in the amount of trash in July and August due to residents moving in and out as leases changeover. The City of Iowa City encourages residents to recycle as much as possible to reduce waste ending up at the landfill.

Iowa City curbside customers can recycle cardboard, mixed paper, cartons, metal cans, and plastics #1-5 and #7 in their curbside recycling cart (65-gallon cart with blue lid).

A reminder that cardboard is not allowed in the trash in Johnson County and must be recycled. Recycle at curbside or at a drop-off location in Iowa City (East Side Recycling Center, North Dodge, Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center). More information at

Over the last 6 months, post-cart distribution, we have seen promising increases in recycling rates. City staff are excited by the increases and new participation, but continue to emphasize that quality is more important than quantity. The City asks residents to empty and rinse their containers and only recycle accepted items. Carts with contamination will be tagged and left at the curb. View the Curbside Recycling Guide for a list of accepted materials.

City of Iowa City curbside recycling is available to residents living in single-family homes up to 4-plex buildings. When your recycling cart is full, place at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day, leaving several feet between carts. For more tips, watch the City's video on curbside service tips. 

A $106,000 grant from The Recycling Partnership assisted the City with the purchase and delivery of carts to the 16,000 Iowa City households that receive curbside services, in addition to a robust, customized public education campaign. The Recycling Partnership is a national nonprofit that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in cities and towns all across America. The grant is supported in part by the All In On Recycling challenge in conjunction with the PepsiCo Foundation.

Have items that cannot be recycled but are still usable? Donate them!

The Iowa City area has a variety of secondhand and consignment stores where usable items can be sold or donated. To see a full list of stores, check out our Iowa City Area Resale and Consignment Directory

If you are moving between July 25 and August 3, consider donating items to Rummage in the Ramp, the City’s annual resale event which keeps tons of items out of the landfill during lease turnover, and raises money for local non-profits and organizations. For more information, visit

For more information, visit To receive curbside service notices, sign-up at

For question about carts, contact Patricia Fossum, Assistant Superintendent-Refuse, at or 319-356-5466. For questions about recycling, contact Jane Wilch, Recycling Coordinator, at or 319-887-6110.

Date of publication

Tuesday, June 25, 2019