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

Curbside Customer Best Practices: 
  • Do not overfill carts. City ordinance states the lids must be closed.
  • Place carts at curb by 7 AM on your curbside day
  • Keep at least 3-feet clear zone around each cart
  • Face arrows on cart lids to street
  • Return carts to your storage area at end of curbside day
  • Do not paint/write on carts
  • Do not remove carts from home
  • Put carts at curb only when full

Browse the options below to learn more about the City of Iowa City's recycling programs. 

Curbside Recycling

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

Drop-off Recycling Locations

View information on the four 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 container. 

View the Curbside Recycling Guide for a full list of accepted materials in Iowa City curbside recycling.  

Materials not accepted in curbside recycling:
  • Glass (take to recycling drop-off locations)
  • Plastic bags (take to participating grocery stores), plastic wrap or film
  • Styrofoam or #6 plastics
  • Plastics without a recycling symbol/number (only #1-5 and #7 plastics accepted)
  • Shredded paper (take to recycling drop-off location or compost it)
  • Yard or food waste (compost it)
  • Motor oil or fertilizer bottles
  • Hardcover books (pages can be recycled if removed from covers and binding)
  • Photographs
  • Metallic or glitter-coated paper
  • Napkins, paper cups, paper plates (compost non-coated paper cups, plates, and napkins)
Follow these tips to ensure your carts are emptied:
  • Close cart lids completely (don't overfill carts!)
  • Place carts at curb by 7 AM on your curbside day
  • Keep at least 3-feet clear zone around each cart
  • Face arrows on cart lids to street
  • Return carts to your storage area at end of curbside day
  • Do not paint/write on carts
  • Do not remove carts from home
  • Put carts at curb only when full

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. Visit the Apartment Recycling page for more information. 


Recycling Carts

The City of Iowa City provides 65-gallon, blue-lidded recycling carts to curbside customers.

Visit the Organics page to learn about organics carts for food and yard waste. To receive curbside service notices and updates about cart distribution, sign-up at icgov.org/subscribe.


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 

Available 24/7, except electronics and small appliances, light bulbs, and holiday lights recycling. 

  • Cardboard: please flatten
  • Paper: newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, office paper, junk mail, paperboard, telephone books, paperback books, waxy cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: #1 through #5, and #7
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 2-inch ball)
  • Holiday Lights: accepted at ReStore’s donation area during ReStore open hours (Tues to Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Wine Corks: place corks in cork recycling bin in Oil Recycling Shed
  • Vegetable Oil: leave sealed and labeled plastic bottle of used vegetable oil in Oil Recycling Shed
  • Motor Oil: leave sealed and labeled plastic bottle of used motor oil in Oil Recycling Shed
  • Electronics and Small Appliances: recycle at ReStore's donation area during ReStore open hours (Tues to Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Light Bulbs: recycle CFLs and LEDs at ReStore (Tues to Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Plastic bags are no longer accepted for recycling. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2HaLdfu

1201 North Dodge St.

Formerly Hy-Vee, open 24 hours 

  • Cardboard: please flatten
  • Paper: newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, office paper, junk mail, paperboard, telephone books, paperback books, waxy cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: #1 through #5, and #7
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 2-inch ball)

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

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

  • Cardboard: please flatten
  • Paper: newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, office paper, junk mail, paperboard, telephone books, paperback books, waxy cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: #1 through #5, and #7
  • Metal Cans, Foil, Pie Pans: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 2-inch ball)
  • Scrap Metal: iron, steel, aluminum, brass, copper
  • Vegetable Oil: leave sealed and labeled plastic bottle of used vegetable oil in Oil Recycling Shed
  • Motor Oil: leave sealed and labeled plastic bottle of used motor oil in Oil Recycling Shed
  • Electronics: televisions, computers, cell phones, etc.
  • Small and Large Appliances: toasters, coffee makers, refrigerators, microwaves, etc.
  • Light Bulbs: CFLs, LEDs
  • Propane and Helium Tanks: recycle through appliance recycling
  • Tires
  • Roof Shingles: clean loads can be recycled for $30/ton  
  • Yard and Food Waste (via Compost Facility)

Coralville Recycling Center, 950 Hughes St.

Open 24 hours

  • Paper and Cardboard: newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, paperboard, telephone books, 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.

Holiday Lights Recycling

Recycle your burnt out holiday lights at the following locations (thru January 13, 2020):

  • East Side Recycling Center at ReStore Donations (year-round)
  • Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center (year-round)
  • Iowa City Hy-Vee Stores (Waterfront, 1st Ave., and Dodge St.)
  • Coralville Hy-Vee #1 (1914 8th St.)
  • Coralville Hy-Vee #2 (3285 Crosspark Road)
  • Coralville Stuff Etc. (2818 Commerce Drive)
  • Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th St.)
  • Coralville City Hall (1512 7th St.)

Iowa City Area Resale and Consignment Directory

If you need stuff or are looking for a way to get rid of stuff, check out the secondhand and consignment store opportunities in the Iowa City Area Resale and Consignment Directory to buy, donate, or sell gently-used items.

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 provide recycling services at their facilities through local haulers.

For more information on apartment recycling, visit the Apartment Recycling page. 


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

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