items that can be recycled such as plastic bottles and cardboard

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

Recycling programs provided by the City of Iowa City/Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center are available to residents and businesses within Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside. Materials from outside of this service area are not accepted. 

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


Residential Curbside Recycling 

Curbside Recycling Guide (Text-only Version

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. 

To find out which weekday your address receives curbside collection, view the map. 

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. 

What materials can you recycle at the curb? 

View the Curbside Recycling Guide (text-only version) for a full list of accepted materials in Iowa City curbside recycling.  

items that should not be placed in a recycling bin

Curbside Customer Best Practices

Follow these guidelines to ensure successful and safe curbside collection. 

  • Place carts on a solid surface for pickup, such as the end of your driveway, or when snow is present, a cleared area of flat ground. Do not place carts on top of snowbanks. 
  • Do not overfill carts. City ordinance states the lids must be closed.
  • Keep all recycling materials loose.
  • Place carts at the curb by 7 a.m. on your curbside day.
  • Keep at least a 3-feet clear zone around each cart.
  • Face the arrows on cart lids to the street.
  • Return carts to your storage area at end of curbside day.
  • Do not paint/write on carts.
  • Do not remove the carts from home.
  • Put carts at the curb only when full. 

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.

Not Accepted in Drop-off Location Recycling

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face masks and gloves 
  • Plastic bags or wrap 
  • Styrofoam
  • Clamshell plastic containers
  • Yard or food waste (compost it)
  • Motor oil or fertilizer bottles
  • Photographs
  • Metallic or glitter-coated paper
  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Napkins, paper cups, paper plates 

East Side Recycling Center  

2401 Scott Blvd. SE, 24/7 (except electronic/small appliance and light bulb recycling)

Accepted Materials: 
  • Cardboard: please flatten
  • Paper: newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, office paper, junk mail, paperboard, paperback books, waxy cartons, and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: bottles and jugs
  • Metal: metal cans, aluminum pie pans, aluminum foil (in 2-inch ball)
  • Wine Corks: place corks in the 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 open hours
  • Holiday Light Strands: recycle at ReStore's donation area during open hours
  • Light Bulbs: recycle CFLs and LEDs at ReStore during open hours

South Riverside Recycling Center

1200 South Riverside Drive, 24/7

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

Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center

3900 Hebl Avenue SW, Open 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday

Accepted Materials: 
  • Cardboard: please flatten
  • Paper: newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, office paper, junk mail, paperboard, paperback books, waxy cartons, and aseptic packaging
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Plastics: bottles and jugs
  • 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.
  • Holiday Light Strands: recycle via electronics recycling 
  • 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)
  • Hardcover Books (bin located in electronics recycling area)

Do you have construction and demolition waste? View the Construction and Demolition Waste Guide for information on disposal options. 

Coralville Recycling Center

950 Hughes Street, 24/7

Accepted Materials: 
  • Paper and Cardboard: newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, paperboard, paperback books, corrugated cardboard
  • Plastics: bottles and jugs
  • 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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