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.

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.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteer groups and sponsors at Rummage in the Ramp 2018! 

  • Antelope Lending Library
  • Bluestockings
  • 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
  • Misfits, Inc.
  • 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
  • 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!

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