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. This work dramatically reduces the amount of goods that go to the landfill, a sustainability goal that serves as a vital part of the City's Climate Action and Adaption Plan. Environmental and human services non-profits and organizations work the event, and split the profits.

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

People are encouraged to donate items they no longer want or need. We accept a variety of donations: furniture, clothing, bedding and linens, shoes, toys, books, games, electronics, working appliances, outdoor and sporting equipment, picture frames, kitchen and household items, and more! Or, stop by to shop for affordable, gently-used items. 

Save the date for Rummage in the Ramp 2020: July 24 - August 2

    2019 Volunteer Groups: 

    Antelope Lending Library   I  Association of Latinos Moving Ahead (ALMA)  I  Bluestockings  I  Bur Oak Land Trust  I  Compeer Program of Johnson County  I  Field to Family  I  Four Oaks  I  Free Lunch Program  I  Gospel Explosion Ministry  I  Houses into Homes  I  Iowa Agni  I  Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic  I  Iowa Humane Alliance  I  Iowa Master Naturalists  I  Iowa Shares  I  Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity  I  Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore  I  Iowa Youth Writing Project  I  Johnson County Humane Society  I  Lambda Theta Nu  I  Misfits  I  Oaknoll  I  RARE (Raptor Advocacy Rehabilitation Advocacy)  I  Riverside Theatre  I  SIIHR (Students of Hydroscience & Engineering)  I  Shelter House  I  Successful Living  I  UI Environmental Coalition   I  UI LULAC Collegiate Council #373  I  UI Urban & Regional Planning Student Association  I  Unitarian-Universalist Society of Iowa City   I  Young Life Iowa City

    2019 Sponsors: 

    A big thank you to our sponsors who make this event possible! We greatly appreciate your support! 

    Aero Rental & Party Shoppe

    Aero Rental & Party Shoppe is a locally owned and operated business serving Eastern Iowa for over 47 years. A truly unique business offering a wide range of construction and tool rental combined with party rentals. 


    Hy-Vee is an employee-owned, Midwestern supermarket chain. Its slogan, "A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle," expresses the foundation of the company's operating philosophy. Hy-Vee believes in donating charitable contributions to meet the needs of their local communities. 

    Rummage in the Ramp 2019 Recap

    The 13th annual Rummage in the Ramp event diverted more than 32 tons of materials from curbs and dumpsters, setting a new record as more than 800 residents donated their still-usable items. 

    This year, 31 groups volunteered during the event and will share the more than $21,000 raised, also a new record for the event. The money raised will help these organizations continue doing great work in the Iowa City community.

    A glance at items diverted from the landfill:

    • 392 chairs (office, dining, or outdoor)
    • 267 boxes of clothing
    • 246 books shelves, dressers, or entertainment centers
    • 184 coffee/end tables
    • 157 small appliances
    • 115 boxes of books
    • 115 chairs (upholstered)
    • 106 couches
    • 67 desks
    • 50 large tables (dining or outdoor)

    After more than a decade, Rummage in the Ramp has kept over 320 tons of items out of the landfill. Nearly 30,000 people have purchased items, and over 2,500 volunteers have worked the event, sharing more than $208,000 to support their organizations.

    A big thank you to the 2019 event sponsors, Aero Rental and Party Shoppe and Hy-Vee.

    Rummage Redux Challenge

    Do you love to repair/repurpose/upcycle? The Rummage ReDux Challenge, a competition held during the Rummage in the Ramp event, is an opportunity to spur your creative side and transform items found at Rummage from simply serviceable to possibly shockingly spectacular, while competing against other participants. Compete against other participants for cash prizes in three categories:

    1. Furniture Restoration – refinish, repaint, reupholster
    2. Artistic Reinvention – remake ordinary objects into works of art
    3. Creative Re-Adaption – recreate items from an intended use to a creative reuse

    If you are interested in participating, information on Rummage Redux 2020 will be posted here. 

    Questions? Contact Marcia Bollinger at marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5237

    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.

    Items Not Accepted for Donation

    • Mattresses, Box Springs, Water Beds
    • Sofa Sleepers
    • Baby Cribs
    • Car Seats
    • Child Strollers
    • Hazardous Material (chemicals, gasoline, etc.)
    • Items that are missing parts, broken, stained, torn, beyond use, or smell
    • Broken or non-working large appliances (refrigerator, washer, dryer, oven)
    • Items not assembled (unless all bolts/parts are attached in a baggie with tape!)

    Electronics and Appliances Recycling and Donation

    Recycle non-working items at Rummage in the Ramp. 

    Non-working small appliances: Accepted at no charge. Items may include: Coffee Makers, Toasters, Vacuums, Blenders

    Non-working electronics with no screen: Accepted at no charge. Items may include: Printers, Cell phones, VCRs, DVD players, Stereos

    Non-working electronics with screen (computers and televisions): $15 each must be paid as recycling fee. 

    Non-working large appliances (refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, etc.) are not accepted for recycling at Rummage in the Ramp, and must be recycled at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center via Appliance Recycling

    Donate working items to Rummage in the Ramp. 

    Small and large appliances: Accepted for donation at no charge. Must be clean and in working condition. Items may include: Microwaves , Refrigerators, Stoves/ovens, Washers/dryers, Lawnmowers, Coffee Makers, Toasters, Vacuums, etc. 

    Electronics with no screen: Accepted for donation at no charge. Items may include: Printers, Cell phones, VCRs, DVD players, Stereos

    Electronics with screen (computers and televisions): $15 each must be paid by donor whether item works or not. The fees cover the recycling costs for any electronics we don’t sell and for the non-working items.  If you do not care to pay the recycling fee, please take the item home. 

    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

    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.


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