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Zachary Oren Smith, Iowa City Press-Citizen
Published 5:13 p.m. CT Dec. 10, 2018

In the next two weeks, a blue and green package is being delivered to more than 13,000 of Iowa City’s curbside waste customers. On Monday, the city began a two-week roll out of 65-gallon recycling bins.

Roadside customers will not have to reserve, order or pick up the bin. Instead, they will be delivered curbside with with an informational packet between Monday, Dec.10 and Saturday, Dec. 22.

“We started distributing the carts by demand: calling or email or form submission,” said Jane Wilsh, Iowa City’s recycling coordinator. “We had a wonderful response from the community. We worked hard to push and reallocate the budget so we could get these bins to more people.”

“It’s quite an endeavor,” Wilsh added.

The City paid $680,000 to Otto Environmental Systems for the recycling carts and their delivery. The cost for these containers is $46.10 per container, with the city covering the cost.

Wilsh explained that Recycling Partnership — a national organization that helps cities and other governmental entities expand recycling efforts –  gave the city a grant for $106,000 to help make the purchase possible. The remainder was a combination of capital reserves generated from user fees and a surcharge funds earmarked for recycling.

Jennifer Jordan, Iowa City’s resource management superintendent, said that increasing the availability of recycling carts will help people participating more widely in the city’s recycling program. 

“Of the 16,000 curbside customers, 60 percent regularly recycle,” Jordan said. “There is definitely a percentage that is paying for the service but don’t know that they have access to the service. This will help people realize that they have the service.”

Iowa City residents with the smaller 18-gallon recycling bins have options for getting rid of them. Road crews will collect these bins on the regular waste pick-up days between January 14-18 and February 4-8. Residents can also drop them off at the Public Works Complex, 3800 Napoleon Ln. during business hours.

Not all materials are accepted on the curb:

  • Glass (take to recycling drop-off locations)
  • Plastic bags (take to participating grocery stores), plastic wrap or film
  • Styrofoam (#6 plastics)
  • Shredded paper (take to recycling drop-off location or compost it)
  • Yard or food waste (compost it)
  • Motor oil or fertilizer bottles
  • Clothing, shoes, toys
  • Hardcover books
  • Photographs
  • Metallic or glitter-coated paper
  • Napkins, paper cups, paper plates (compost non-coated paper cups, plates, and napkins)

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