Rummage in the Ramp is an annual City-sponsored effort that began in 2007 to keep tons of reusable items out of the landfill, and get those items to those who need them when the lease changeover occurs annually at the end of July. Environmental and human services non-profit groups work the event, and split the profits.

Donations are tax-deductible and most items are priced at $1-$5, $10 and $20.

We hope to see you at Rummage in the Ramp 2019!

This year's event dates are: July 25 - August 3. Location change: the event will be moved to the second floor of the Chauncey Swan Ramp, 415 E Washington St, Iowa City. Same ramp, different level. 

People are encouraged to donate items they no longer want or need. Or, stop by to shop for affordable, gently-used items. We do not have storage for items until the event, so cannot accept early donations. If you have items to donate now, we recommend checking out the many other great secondhand and consignment options in the Iowa City area via our Consignment Directory.

Facebook Event

Large Item Pickup

Do you have furniture and other large items you would like to donate to Rummage, but no way to transport them?

We offer donation pickups for a fee of $16 within Iowa City limits. Pickups are first come, first-served. The signup for pickups will not be available until one week before the start of the event.

Other Available Donation and Resale Options

Please see the Iowa City Resale and Consignment Directory for year-round consignment and donation opportunities in Johnson County, or check directly with local human service agencies.

Cardboard Ban Reminder

Moving out? Remember that cardboard is banned from the Iowa City Landfill and must be recycled. This cardboard ban applies to anyone served by the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center including all of Johnson County, and the cities of Riverside and Kalona.

More information on the cardboard ban

Rummage in the Ramp 2018 Recap

The 12th annual Rummage in the Ramp event diverted more than 24 tons of materials from curbs and dumpsters, as more than 600 residents donated their still-usable items.

This year, 31 nonprofit groups volunteered during the event and will share the nearly $19,000 raised. Money raised will help these organizations continue their great work in the Iowa City community.

A glance at items diverted from the Landfill:

  • 89 couches 
  • 84 upholstered chairs
  • 130 coffee/end tables 
  • 190 small appliances
  • 264 bags or boxes of clothing

After more than a decade, Rummage in the Ramp has kept an estimated 289 tons of items from the Landfill. More than 26,000 people have purchased items, and some 2,300 volunteers have worked the event, sharing more than $187,000 to support their organizations. 

 A big thank you to the 2018 event sponsors Aero Rental and Party Shoppe, and Hy-Vee.


Contact Jane Wilch, Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6110 or email jane-wilch@iowa-city.org.