Upcoming Events (free to attend):

Earth Day Documentary Event: "The Age of Consequences"
Earth Day Documentary Event Poster
April 19th, 7 PM

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, B, and C

In honor of Earth Day, join us for a free environmental movie night with popcorn and treats. At the event, there will be information and staff available for you to learn more about waste reduction and environmental protection opportunities in Iowa City. Take home a free kitchen compost container!

Questions? Call the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6110 or email at jane-wilch@iowa-city.org.  More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1890190201274470/

Landfill Open House

April 22nd, 2-5 PM

Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City 

Landfill Open House Event Poster

Come celebrate Earth Day with us at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center for an open house event (in collaboration with the "Seed the Future, Grow Iowa Roots" event at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm). Join us to learn about: composting, recycling, landfill operations and equipment, and more! Snack and tour at your own pace, and take home a free kitchen compost container!

Questions? Call the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6110 or email jane-wilch@iowa-city.org. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/182220849071130/

2018 Earth Day Bus Route Map 


Iowa City accepts a variety of materials through its recycling programs, and collects items through community drop off and curbside pick up. 

Curbside Recycling

Learn which materials are accepted in curbside recycling, and how to participate.

Drop off Recycling Locations

View information on the five recycling drop-off locations in Iowa City and Coralville.

Apartment and Business Recycling

Live in an apartment? Learn about requirements for apartment recycling.


Curbside Recycling 

Curbside recycling is single stream in Iowa City, meaning residents do not need to sort materials. All accepted materials can be placed in the same bin. Watch the video below for more information on single stream recycling in Iowa City.

View the curbside recycling guide for information about materials that are accepted as part of Iowa City's curbside recycling program. Plastic bags and glass are not accepted in curbside recycling.

Iowa City municipal curbside collection is available to single-family residences up to four-unit buildings. Multi-family residences that are five-unit and larger are not served by Iowa City curbside collection, but recycling services are now required to be provided by apartment owners and managers in Iowa City. 

Blue Recycling Containers 

Each household served by Iowa City curbside recycling receives a blue recycling bin. This container is the property of the City and should remain with your home if you move.

For replacement containers, visit the City Hall Cashier, 410 E. Washington St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the City of Iowa City Parking Office, 335 Iowa Ave., from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Need another bin? Customers can purchase additional recycling bins at these two locations for $12 each, or can provide their own additional container(s), 24 gallons or less, but the City will not replace them if they are lost or damaged.

Questions? Contact Resource Management at 319-356-5151.


Drop-off Recycling Locations 

Below is a list of the recycling drop-off sites in Iowa City and Coralville. 

East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE 

  • Paper and Cardboard: newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, chipboard, telephone books, hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard, waxy cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: #1 through #5 and #7 plastics
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 1-inch ball)
  • Plastic bags: plastic bags, bubble wrap
  • Holiday lights: accepted at ReStore’s donation area behind the building
  • Wine Corks: place corks in cork recycling bin in Oil Recycling Shed

1201 North Dodge St.

Formerly Hy-Vee, open 24 hours

  • Paper and Cardboard: newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, chipboard, telephone books, hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard, waxy cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: #1 through #5 and #7 plastics
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 1-inch ball)

Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Ave. SW

Open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday

  • Paper and Cardboard: newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, chipboard, telephone books, hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard, waxy cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: #1 through #5 and #7 plastics
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 1-inch ball)
  • Holiday lights: accepted in electronic waste recycling program

Coralville Recycling Center, 950 Hughes St.

Open 24 hours

  • Paper and Cardboard: newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, chipboard, telephone books, hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard
  • Plastics: #1 through #5 and #7 plastics
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 1-inch ball)

Visit the City of Coralville website for more information. 

Questions? Contact Resource Management at 319-356-5151.


Apartment and Business Recycling

Apartments, condominiums, non-profit organizations, and businesses that do not receive City curbside services can hire local haulers to provide recycling services at their facilities.

In 2016, the Iowa City City Council passed a resolution that requires all multi-family apartments and condominiums to provide recycling for their tenants. The mandate is now in effect, and enforcement is through rental permits.

In order for landlords and property managers of dwellings in excess of four units to renew future rental permits, they must have recycling available to their tenants. Staff is aware that exceptions may be necessary for a small number of properties that cannot comply with the proposed code due to lack of space.

Apartment Recycling Pilot Program 

In 2012, the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center implemented a pilot recycling program for multi-family apartments and condominiums in Iowa City. A Best Management Practices Manual was developed to offer recommendations for apartment and condo recycling. Iowa City's Single Stream Recycling Guide is also available to help educate tenants about accepted materials.

Questions? Contact Housing Inspection Services at 319-356-5135 or the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6110 or jane-wilch@iowa-city.org.


Self-Hauling Recycling to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center

For information on self-hauling recycling to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, visit the Landfill and Recycling Centers webpage.


Questions? Contact the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6110 or jane-wilch@iowa-city.org