Rummage in the Ramp Overview

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. 

Recap from Rummage in the Ramp 2017: Almost 600 people donated over 20 tons of clothes, furniture, books, household items and more!  Over $15,000 was raised and divvied up among the local non-profits who worked at the event. Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors that made the 2017 event possible.

Over the course of Rummage in the Ramp's eleven years, residents have diverted more than 265 tons of furniture, housewares, clothes, books and so much more from the landfill.  Over 6,500 people have donated, around 24,000 have shopped, and 2,100 have volunteered from dozens of local non-profit groups, sharing the $168,300 collected.

Rummage in the Ramp 2018

Rummage in the Ramp 2018 will be held from July 26 through August 4, 2018, at the Chauncey Swan Ramp located at 415 E. Washington St., Iowa City.

Donation and Sale Hours:

Thursday, July 26th & Friday, July 27th: noon - 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 28th: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 29th through Friday, August 3rd: noon - 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 4th: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Donation Pickups

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 $11 within Iowa City limits. Please sign up for a pickup on the Rummage in the Ramp Donation Pickups 2018 Form. Note: When signing up for a pickup, please leave the"quantity" at 1. This form is for the number of pick-up appointments, not the number of items you are donating. 

Pickups are first come, first-served.


Electronics and Appliances Recycling and Donation Options

Rummage in the Ramp offers convenient options for recycling and donation of many electronics and appliances. See the Electronics and Appliances Recycling and Donation Guide to learn which items are accepted and which are not. Note: Fees are associated with certain electronics. 

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteer groups and sponsors for this year's Rummage in the Ramp! 

Antelope Lending Library


Compeer Program of Johnson County

Continental Crossings

Field to Family

Four Oaks

Free Lunch Program

Gospel Explosion

Houses into Homes

Iowa Agni

Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic

Iowa Humane Alliance

Iowa Master Naturalists

Iowa Shares

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Iowa Youth Writing Project

Johnson County Humane Society

Lambda Theta Nu Sorority

RARE (Raptor Advocacy Rehabilitation and Education)

Riverside Theatre

Shelter House

Sigma Lambda Gamma Society

SIIHR (Students of IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering)

Successful Living

Unitarian Universalist Society

University of Iowa Environmental Coalition

University of Iowa LULAC Collegiate Council #373

University of Iowa Urban and Regional Planning

Women In Science and Engineering

Young Life

Thank you to our sponsor, Aero Rental, for generously donating tables for this year's Rummage in the Ramp!

Thank you to our sponsor, Hy-Vee, for donating food to sustain our volunteers during their shifts! 

"Thanksgiving in July" Food Bank Donation Barrel until Friday, August 10

Moving out?  Cleaning out your kitchen?  The City of Iowa City is working with the Crisis Center to make it easy for you to donate your unwanted, unexpired, non-perishable food items to their Food Bank for distribution to persons who cannot afford to consistently feed themselves or their families. Alternatively, please consider purchasing items such as canned goods, peanut butter, toilet paper, etc. to add to the donations!  

The Thanksgiving in July barrel will be located in the City Hall Lobby at 410 E Washington until Friday, August 10 which is accessible 24/7.   There is short term parking immediately available along Washington in front of City Hall for quick in and out donations.

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:


Contact Jane Wilch, Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6110 or email