The 12th annual Rummage in the Ramp event diverted more than 24 tons of materials from curbs and dumpsters, as more than 600 residents donated their still-usable items. 

Rummage in the Ramp is an annual City-sponsored effort that began in 2007 to keep tons of reusable items out of the Iowa City Landfill, while providing items to those who need them when leases changeover at the end of July. Environmental and human services non-profit groups work the event, and split the profits.

This year, 31 nonprofit groups volunteered during the event and will share the nearly $19,000 raised. Money raised will help these organizations continue their great work in the Iowa City community.

A glance at items diverted from the Landfill:

  • 89 couches 
  • 84 upholstered chairs
  • 130 coffee/end tables 
  • 190 small appliances
  • 264 bags or boxes of clothing

After more than a decade, Rummage in the Ramp has kept an estimated 289 tons of items from the Landfill. More than 26,000 people have purchased items, and some 2,300 volunteers have worked the event, sharing more than $187,000 to support their organizations. 

 A big thank you to the 2018 event sponsors Aero Rental and Party Shoppe, and Hy-Vee. 

For more information, contact Jane Wilch at 319-887-6160 or

Date of publication

Friday, August 24, 2018