Items Collected & Sorting Recyclables
How to Sort (Curbside)Separate the items below in separate sacks. Do not tie sacks. Items not properly separated will be left at the curb.
Items Accepted (Curbside & Drop-Off Center)
You Must Recycle Corrugated CardboardCorrugated cardboard is recyclable and is not allowed in your trash. The Iowa City Landfill banned corrugated cardboard ban for the entire landfill service area, which includes Coralville.
The cardboard ban diverts 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
- Curbside: Flatten into sections no larger than 2’ x 3’ and put them under your curbside recycling bin.
- Drop off: 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
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, take corrugated cardboard to the Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center or other recycling drop-off locations in Johnson County.
|Cardboard egg cartons|
|Chipboard (cereal boxes, etc. should be flattened and liners removed)|
|Envelopes (plastic windows allowed)|
|Greeting cards (no glitter or metallic designs)|
|Magazines & catalogs|
|Newspapers, including ads|
|Paper towel tubes|
|Phone books (soft cover) and paperback books|
|Plastics #1-5 and 7|
|Plastic bottles and lids|
|NO PLASTIC BAGS|
Note: Rinse; labels may remain on. Crush to save space.
|Aluminum pans/pie pans|
|Aluminum foil (clean and crumpled into two inch ball)|
|Food cans (such as soup and tuna cans)|
Note: Remove labels and rinse. Remove ends and crush to save space (ends may be placed in the crushed can).
Not Accepted (Neither Curbside Nor Coralville Drop-Off)
Other options may be available
- 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. Since 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.
- What you can do: Recycle glass at the East Side Recycling Center and Iowa City Landfill and Recycle Center. Area recycling drop-off locations
- Coralville recycling does not accept plastic bags, plastic film, and Styrofoam. Plastic bags/film are generally made of HDPE (# 2 plastic) or LDP (# 4 plastic).
- Products like plastic bags/film tend to get tangled up at recycling processing plants and slow down or damage the processing equipment. Generally, recycling processing plants do not want or accept plastic bags /film due to possible damage to their equipment.
- What you can do: Recycle plastic bags at participating area retailers.
- Coralville does not accept aseptic (soup, milk, etc.) containers. These containers are made with layers of plastic, paper, and aluminum sandwiched together.
- What you can do: Aseptic containers may be recycled at the East Side Recycling Center and Iowa City Landfill and Recycle Center. Area recycling drop-off locations
- Gift wrap paper, hardcover books, napkins, tissues, non-biodegradable paper cups/plates, photos, packing paper, styrofoam (including foam egg cartons), packing peanuts, or toys are not accepted.
- What you can do: Place these in your garbage.