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

On this web page, learn more about Iowa City's curbside recycling, drop-off recycling locations, and other recycling opportunities in our community. 

For information on how to handle waste materials during the pandemic, view Waste and Recycling COVID-19 Recommendations.


Residential Curbside Recycling 

Curbside recycling is available to Iowa City residents living in single-family homes up to 4-unit apartment buildings ($6/month on utility bill). Multi-family residences that are five-unit and larger are not served by curbside collection, but recycling services are now required to be provided. Visit the Apartment Recycling page for more information. 

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. 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. 

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

Not Accepted in Curbside Recycling

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face masks and gloves 
  • Glass (take to recycling drop-off locations)
  • Plastic bags or wrap (even with a recycling symbol)
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastics without a recycling symbol/number 
  • 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)

Curbside Customer Best Practices

  • Do not overfill carts. City ordinance states the lids must be closed.
  • Bag all trash. Keep all recycling materials loose.
  • 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

Holiday Curbside Collection Schedule

  • Labor Day (Monday, September 7, 2020): curbside collections of trash, recycling, and organics will operate normally

Drop-off Recycling Locations 

Below is a list of the recycling drop-off sites in Iowa City and Coralville. Learn more about recycling glass in Iowa City in this video.

East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE 

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

Electronics and small appliances recycling programs are currently unavailable.

  • 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.)

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. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - 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.


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. 


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