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)

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

You Must Recycle Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated 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

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, take corrugated cardboard to the Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center or other recycling drop-off locations in Johnson County.

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
Plastic Bags 
  • 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.
Aseptic Containers
  • 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
Other Items
  • 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.

More Information

For more information about recycling, call 319.248.1740.