Iowa City Winter Reuse and Upcycling Series 

All are invited to a series of workshops focused on reuse and upcycling.

Topics range from repurposing wine corks, learning basic mending and sewing skills to transforming old clothing into beautiful rugs! All projects incorporate reused or upcycled materials. Bring your own or use what is provided at the event. Classes are free to participants and are structured for adults and children ages 12 and up, with supervision. Sessions run Jan. 24 and end March 7, 2018. Learn more about the series: course descriptions and details

Register today to reserve your spot by calling 319-887-6110 or emailing  

Cardboard Ban at the Iowa City Landfill & Recycling Center

Cardboard is not allowed in the trash.

At the Iowa City Landfill, trash loads that have a discernible amount of cardboard will be charged double the regular tipping fee.

This ban applies to all of Johnson County and the cities of Kalona
and Riverside.  
What do I do with my cardboard? Recycle it!

Cardboard can be recycled in the following ways:

Recycle where you live:

If you live in a single-family home up to 4-unit buildings, you have curbside recycling service. Breakdown and flatten cardboard. Make sure pieces are no larger than 2x2 ft. Place in bin, or if you have a lot of cardboard, place under your bin.

If you live in an apartment that offers a recycling service, cardboard can be placed in the recycling bin. If your apartment building currently does not have a recycling service, this service is coming soon. For more information, visit: In the meantime, you can recycle at any of the five recycling drop-off locations.

Recycling Drop-off Locations:

There are five recycling drop-off locations in the area, four in Iowa City and one in Coralville. You can recycle cardboard at any of these locations. For a list of locations, scroll down on this page to the "Recycling Drop-off Locations" section. 

What do I do with pizza boxes and other cardboard that has food on it?

Any cardboard that has food on it, such as a greasy pizza box, cannot be recycled. You are welcome to recycle a pizza box if it is clean and does not have any food on it.

A great alternative for food-stained cardboard is to compost. If you have curbside collection, this type of cardboard can be placed in your yard waste bin or bag for curbside collection and will be taken to the compost facility at the Iowa City Landfill. If composting is not an option, this type of cardboard will need to go in the trash.

Why is there a ban on cardboard at the landfill?

This is one of several efforts to continue to reduce waste in our community. This new rule will divert millions of pounds of cardboard out of the landfill after a 2017 waste study found about 4,000 tons of cardboard among the waste.


Curbside recycling 

Curbside recycling has switched to single stream recycling. This means that you do not need to sort recycling materials. View the video below for more information on single stream recycling in Iowa City.

  •  Accepted materials will stay the same and can all be placed in the same bin
  • Continue to use your blue recycling bin
  • No plastic bags or glass are accepted in curbside recycling
  • All cardboard will need to be 2 x 2 feet or less in size, and can be placed in or under your bin
  • Your curbside pickup date/time will stay the same
  • This change to the curbside recycling program will not affect your trash collection service
  • Questions? View the Single stream recycling FAQ fact sheet 

View the curbside recycling guide for information on which materials are accepted in the curbside recycling program. 

A blue recycling container is provided for each single-family residence, and each unit of multiple dwelling of four units or fewer. The container is the property of the City and should remain with your home if you move.

Multi-family residences that are five-plex and larger are not served by Iowa City municipal curbside recycling, but recycling services are now required to be provided by apartment owners and managers. 

If you are served by Iowa City curbside recycling and need a replacement container, one can be picked up at the City Hall Cashier, 410 E. Washington St., during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

For any additional questions, contact the Solid Waste Division at 319-356-5151.

Recycling Drop-off Locations

  • East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Boulevard SE (24 hours) 

    Newspaper/magazines/mixed paper/office paper/junk mail/chipboard/telephone books/hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard/cartons and aseptic packaging, glass (clear, brown, green), #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans, plastic grocery bags and film plastic, holiday lights (at ReStore's donation area), wine corks (in Oil Recycling Shed or at ReStore)
  • Republic Services (formerly City Carton Recycling), 3 East Benton Street (24 hours) 
    Newspaper, white paper, corrugated cardboard, glass (clear, brown, green), #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans, magazines, chipboard, telephone books, hard cover and paperback books, cartons and aseptic packaging, plastic grocery bags and film plastic
  • previous Hy-Vee Food Store location, 1201 North Dodge Street (24 hours) *Please note that bins have been moved to the north side of the parking lot at the old Hy-Vee location
    Newspaper/magazines/mixed paper/office paper/junk mail/chipboard/telephone books/hard cover and paperback books, glass (clear, brown, green), #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans, corrugated cardboard/cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Avenue SW (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday) 
    Newspaper/magazines/mixed paper/office paper/junk mail/chipboard/telephone books/hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard/cartons and aseptic packaging, glass (clear, brown, green), #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans, holiday lights (with electronic waste)
  • Coralville Recycling Center: 950 Hughes St., Coralville, Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (site under surveillance)
    • Newspaper, magazines, mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, chipboard, telephone books, corrugated cardboard, #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans and aluminum foil.  Please see for more information. 

Other recycling options

Non-profit organizations and businesses, including apartments and condominiums which do not receive City services, can hire local haulers to provide recycling services at their facilities.  Learn more about apartment recycling at

*New* November 2, 2016:  Multi-family housing is now required to offer recycling services for tenants in order for landlords to renew rental permits.  Please visit the following website for more information:

Secondhand and Consignment Shopping

Check out the Iowa City Area Resale and Consignment Directory for a list and map of secondhand shopping options in Iowa City and Coralville.