Items Collected & Sorting Recyclables

How to Sort (Curbside)

Separate the items below in separate sacks.  Items not properly separated will be left at the curb.

Items Accepted (Curbside & Drop-Off Center)

  1. Cardboard
  2. Paper
  3. Plastic
  4. Aluminum & Tin
Corrugated cardboard
Curbside: Flatten into 2' x 3' sections and place under your recycling bin.

Mandatory Corrugated Cardboard Recycling

Corrugated cardboard is recyclable and will not be allowed in your trash beginning January 2, 2018. The Iowa City Landfill is instituting a corrugated cardboard ban for the entire landfill service area, which includes Coralville. 

The cardboard ban will divert about 4,000 tons of cardboard from the landfill each year.

What if I put corrugated cardboard in the trash?
Coralville customers who place recyclable corrugated cardboard in their garbage will receive a notice and their trash cart will not be emptied.

What about pizza boxes? 
Cardboard that has food on it cannot be recycled and goes in the trash. Pizza boxes that are clean and do not have food residue may be recycled.

If pizza boxes are messy, tear off the top of the box to recycle the clean part. Then place the greasy part of the pizza box in the trash.

How to Recycle Corrugated Cardboard

  • Flatten into sections no larger than 2’ x 3’ and place them under your curbside recycling bin
  • Flatten cardboard and take it to the Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center (950 Hughes St., open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or any recycling drop-off location in Johnson County. View area recycling sites
What if I live in an apartment or condo?
Contact your property manager or home owners/condo owners association regarding recycling services. Coralville offers curbside recycling and trash collection for single family and duplex housing only. If you do not have on-site recycling collection, you may take corrugated cardboard to the Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center or other recycling drop-off locations in Johnson County.

Not Accepted (Curbside & Drop-Off Center)

  • Gift wrap paper, hardcover books, napkins, tissues, non-biodegradable paper cups/plates, photos, packing paper, styrofoam (including foam egg cartons), packing peanuts, or toys.  Place these in your garbage.
  • Plastic bags (recycle at participating area retailers)
  • Glass* 
*Glass is not accepted as a result of a declining market for glass collected. Unlike other recyclable materials which cities can sell, we must pay to recycle glass. The recycling program is supported by solid waste fees and revenue from the sale of recycled items. Items collected that are not marketable increase program costs. Glass may be recycled at additional recycling sites, including Republic Services Recycling, East Side Recycling Center, Hy-Vee (North Dodge), and Iowa City Landfill and Recycle Center. 

More Information

For more information about recycling, call 319.248.1740.