Design for Rummage in the Ramp.

Since its inception in 2007, Rummage in the Ramp has been a historic success for City sustainability goals by diverting used goods from the Iowa City Landfill.

In its first 12 years, the sale of used couches, furniture, and every day appliances has diverted almost 300 tons of refuse: 291.9 tons exactly. In comparison, a mature African elephant weighs 6.7 tons, which means Rummage in the Ramp has diverted the equivalent of the weight of 45 elephants from the Landfill.

Rummage has also raised $189,123 for local nonprofits and organizations based solely on the income of selling goods donated to the City and direct monetary donations made at Rummage. 

These statistics, courtesy of The City of Iowa City's Resource Management office, are possible because of the approximate 7,087 donors Rummage has had over those years, the 26,585 shoppers it has garnered, and the 2,095 volunteers that have helped make it possible. 

Now entering into its 13th year, Rummage in the Ramp will look to continue its history of dramatically reducing the amount of goods that go to the Landfill, a sustainability goal that serves as a vital part of the City's Climate Action and Adaption Plan.

You can help support Rummage in the Ramp, July 25 to August 3, in the second level of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, by purchasing from the ever changing selection of donated goods. 

Residents can also support Rummage by donating items that would otherwise be thrown out during the moving process. Simply drop them off at the space during all open hours: noon to 7 p.m. all days except 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday July 27, 2019 and 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. 

Those needing some help transporting larger items can signup for pickup services. Each pickup costs $16, and must be signed up for online. There are a limited number of pickups available. Sign up opens on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. 

For more information about Rummage in the Ramp, contact Jane Wilch, Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6110 or at

Date of publication

Tuesday, July 16, 2019