What NOT To Recycle

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These items are NOT accepted in the University of Iowa recycling bins.  Some items, such as glass and plastic bags can be recycled at near-by drop-off sites in Iowa City such as City Carton, the East Side Recycling Center, Iowa City Landfill and some Hy-Vee locations.


Picture11Landfill, unless you can take to recycling drop-off center.

Glass breaks and contaminates the rest of the recyclables. Broken glass also poses also a safety hazard for recycling workers.



Wax and Styrofoam Cups

Untitled 2Landfill; seek alternatives such as reusable bottles and cups.




Plastic Bags, Film, Liners

Take to recycling drop-off site, or landfill. Most Untitled 3grocery stores accept clean shopping bags.




Napkins, Soiled Cardboard

Picture18Landfill unless composting is available.




Paper Plate/Container with Food


Landfill unless composting is available.





Wrapping Paper, Packaging, Chip Bags

Untitled 5Landfill and seek alternatives.




Plastic Utensils

Picture22  Landfill.


Picture23Some utensils are marked "compostable," so you can dispose in places where composting is available.






Items such as electrical cords, phones and other devices can be recycled though UI Surplus.  Off campus, take to the East Side Recycling Center or Iowa City Landfill. Best Buy also offers some electronics recycling.

Old VHS Tapes, CDs

Untitled 4Landfill.





Picture20Landfill alkaline batteries.

Picture21Staff/faculty, recycle non-alkaline batteries through EH&S.




Light Bulbs

Picture16Staff/faculty, recycle through EH&S. Students, recycle at East Side Recycling Center or Iowa City Landfill.








Styrofoam Coolers

Picture24Landfill or reuse.