July is here, which means leases are about to expire, hundreds of people are packing up to move in or move out of their homes or apartments, and it’s almost time for the City’s annual mega-recycling event, Rummage in the Ramp.

Now in its tenth year, Rummage in the Ramp is the City’s annual reduce / reuse / recycle / repurpose / upcycle event in which students and local residents who are moving out are encouraged to donate, rather than throw away, items they no longer need or want. Those items are then sold at bargain prices to the public during a nine-day gigantic garage sale, with proceeds going to local nonprofits and student groups that help staff the event.

Since its inception, Rummage in the Ramp has diverted 218 tons (436,000 pounds!) from the Landfill, and has raised more than $130,000 to benefit the community.

Items that are donated for sale range from furniture and beds to clothing, books, pots, pans, dishes, exercise equipment, electronics, and other household goods, including many unique or hard-to-find items.  Sofas and other large items are seldom priced for more than $20, while small appliances go for around $5 and many individual items sell for $1.  Those who come to buy should bring cash or a credit/debit card for purchases.

As in all previous years, Rummage in the Ramp will be held on the ground floor of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp under the College Street bridge, across from City Hall at 410 E. Washington Street and adjacent to the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center parking area. The 2016 event begins Saturday, July 23, with the following schedule:

Donations and sales

Drop off your donations or stop by to shop during these hours:

Saturday, July 23: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 24 through Friday, July 29: noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 30: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 31 through Wednesday, August 3: noon to 8 p.m.

A special donations drop-off will also be held on Tuesday, July 26 from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Mercer Park Farmers Market off Bradford Drive.   

Electronics and small appliances

All electronics and small appliances will be accepted -- even those that aren’t working. But if they’re not in good working order, please let the sale assistants know so the items are not put on a sale table. A recycling fee of $10 will be charged for TVs, computers or laptops (working or non-working) in case the items do not sell.

Pick-up service

Pick-up service will be available for residents and households within Iowa City city limits who want to donate items but have no way to transport them to the ramp. The pick-up fee is $10. If working or non-working TVs, computers or laptops are being picked up, there will be an additional $10 per item fee. Sign up for an appointment at www.icgov.org/rummageintheramp in mid-July.

Last-day specials and celebration

On the last day of the sale, August 3, everything goes! Beginning at 4 pm, staff will implement a “Name Your Price” sales strategy. Come on down, see what’s left, and tell us what you’ll give for it!

A Rummage in the Ramp celebration is also planned from 4 to 8 p.m. on the last day. Stay tuned on Facebook and our web page for more information.

Rummage ReDux

We are working with local creative individuals to repair/repurpose/upcycle a few Rummage in the Ramp items to show how things can easily go from serviceable to spectacular.  The items will be showcased during Rummage in the Ramp to show shoppers what a little love and creativity can accomplish!  Stay tuned on Facebook and our web page for more information.

Rummage in the Ramp is co-sponsored by the City’s Landfill / Recycling and Neighborhood Services Divisions. For more information, visit www.icgov.org/rummageintheramp or contact Jennifer Jordan, City of Iowa City Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6160 or jennifer-jordan@iowa-city.org, or Marcia Bollinger with the Neighborhood Outreach Office at 319-356-5237 or marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org.





Date of publication

Tuesday, July 05, 2016