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

Update: Effective immediately, plastic bags will no longer be accepted at City of Iowa City recycling centers. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2HaLdfu

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 (18-gallon)

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

For replacement containers, please fill out a cart request form: https://www.icgov.org/form/cart-request-form.

What to do with 18-gallon bin once you get a 65-gallon cart:

If you have received a 65-gallon recycling cart and you have another use for the 18-gallon recycling bin, you are welcome to keep it and give it another purpose. If you wish to get rid of your 18-gallon recycling bin, we will be holding a collection time later this summer. More information about the collection time will be posted here soon.

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

New Recycling Carts (65-gallon)
65-gallon recycling cart for curbside collection

Interested in receiving a new 65-gallon recycling cart (same size as current trash cart)? Any curbside customers in Iowa City can receive a new recycling cart for curbside recycling collection. The accepted materials for recycling will stay the same (no glass, no plastic bags).

Wait times vary and are dependent upon staff capacity and budget. City staff will be working on delivering these carts over the next few months.

The current 18-gallon blue recycling containers or personal containers that meet requirements will continue to be accepted for curbside recycling containers.

If you would like to request a new recycling cart, please fill out the brief request form found here: https://www.icgov.org/form/cart-request-form.

In addition, you may contact Resource Management at 319-356-5151 with questions or for more information.


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, 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 at ReStore’s donation area behind the building
  • Wine Corks: place corks in cork recycling bin in Oil Recycling Shed

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

1201 North Dodge St.

Formerly Hy-Vee, open 24 hours

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

Iowa City Area Resale and Consignment Directory 2018

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 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