Iowa City, Iowa, is launching a series of waste reduction initiatives to reduce the amount of waste being sent to the Iowa City Landfill. The first initiative of the series is the rollout of a single stream recycling process, which will launch this fall. That initiative will be followed by a cardboard ban, which will go into effect on January 2, 2018.
In addition to those initiatives, the city is continuing to work on reducing food waste via its curbside composting program, which allows residents to compost food waste with the purchase of a yard waste sticker.
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A cardboard ban will kick into effect Jan. 2, 2018 in an effort to keep about 14,500 tons of cardboard waste out of the Iowa City Landfill. The ban is part of a series of waste minimization initiatives, including a streamlined recycling process that will hit Iowa City curbside pickups this fall.
The first round of initiatives — mandating recycling pickup services at multi-family residences with more than four units, curbside food waste collection, a secured load policy and bans on computer monitors and TVs — have all been put into place. Starting this fall, Iowa City customers will have access to single stream recycling, meaning plastic, paper, cardboard and metals can be mixed together. (This excludes glass which can be recycled at drop off sites such as the East Side Recycle Center.) The cardboard ban was unanimously passed by the Iowa City Council July 18 this year.