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.

A full list of event volunteer groups and sponsors will be posted here soon.


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

Don't want to wait to donate items?

We do not have the capacity to store donated items until our event, but you don't have to wait if you are ready to purge. 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.