The recycling drop-off bins at 1201 North Dodge St. (former location of Hy-Vee) will be moving to City-owned property at 1200 South Riverside Dr.

Due to anticipated future uses for the current recycling center’s building and site, which is owned by Hy-Vee, the bins will be moved on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The North Dodge site will no longer accept recycling at that time. 

Hy-Vee has hosted the City’s recycling bins at the North Dodge site for several decades, and the City appreciates the successful long-term partnership. Over the years, programs have expanded and bins were added to accommodate additional recycling streams and volumes. The City’s three drop-off sites collectively receive over 1,500 tons of material for recycling per year. 

The new recycling site on S. Riverside Drive will accept the same materials that are currently accepted at the North Dodge site:  plastics 1-5 and 7 (no bags), metal containers, glass containers, corrugated cardboard, and mixed paper and cartons. 

The move will facilitate a decrease in mileage traveled by City trucks that empty the bins weekly. It is anticipated that the move will save about 40 truck-miles per week, over 2,000 truck-miles per year. The move will also allow opportunities for new equipment, which was not feasible on a privately-owned site.

No changes at East Side Recycling Center or Iowa City Landfill

No changes will occur at the East Side Recycling Center or the Iowa City Landfill’s recycling area. The East Side Recycling Center, located at 2401 Scott Boulevard SE, is open 24 hours, 7 days per week. The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center at 3900 Hebl Avenue SW is open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Both sites accept plastics 1-5 and 7 (no bags), metal containers, glass containers, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper and cartons. The landfill site also accepts scrap metal (no wire or fencing, please), in addition to several other recycling opportunities for a fee, including electronics and appliances. 

Corrugated cardboard cannot go in the regular trash in Johnson County due to a landfill ban on cardboard enacted in 2017. Cardboard can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin, at any of the City of Iowa City’s three drop-off sites or at the City of Coralville’s drop-off site.

Please visit for more information or contact Jane Wilch, Recycling Coordinator, at or 319-887-6110. 

Date of publication

Wednesday, September 09, 2020