City of Coralville News

Posted on: December 7, 2017

Iowa City Landfill Requires Recycling of Corrugated Cardboard

Cardboard with recycle symbol

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. Corrugated cardboard, commonly used in shipping boxes, is smooth on the outside with a rippled center layer.


Trash loads that have a discernible amount of cardboard will be charged double the regular tipping fee by the Iowa City Landfill.


The cardboard ban will divert about 4,000 tons of cardboard from the landfill each year. Coralville customers who place recyclable corrugated cardboard in their garbage will receive a notice and their trash cart will not be emptied.


How to Recycle Corrugated Cardboard:

  • Flatten into sections no larger than 2’ x 3’ and place them under your curbside recycling bin.
  • Take flattened cardboard to the Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center (950 Hughes St.), which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or at any recycling drop-off location in Johnson County. View area recycling sites


Pizza Boxes & Food Residue:

  • Cardboard that has food on it cannot be recycled and should go in the trash. 
  • If pizza boxes are messy, tear off the top of the box to recycle the clean part, and place the greasy part in the trash. 
  • Recycle pizza boxes that are clean and do not have food residue.


For more information about recycling in Coralville, call the Coralville Streets and Solid Waste Department at 319.248.1740 or visit www.coralville.org/recycling.

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