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Make your Halloween more green by bringing your candy wrappers to Little Village for recycling

Halloween, you might think, should be the greenest holiday this side of Arbor Day. Its traditional decorations are heavily berry-based (pumpkins are berries, botanically-speaking, and highly compostable), and it celebrates recycling in the form of zombies and Dr. Frankenstein’s monster-making. But one big part of Halloween isn’t eco-friendly. […]

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Iowa City curbside recyclers can compost their Christmas trees for free

On the ninth day of Christmas, otherwise known as Wednesday, the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center announced the schedule for curbside Christmas tree collection. Starting on Monday, Jan. 7, curbside recycling customers can put their slowly browning evergreens out with other organic waste on the regular collection day. The trees will be composted, and […]

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After the light goes out in your jack-o’-lantern, Iowa City will compost it

According to Irish legend, the original jack-o’-lantern was an accursed object carried by a man doomed to walk the Earth forever. On the plus side, that meant it never rotted. (It was also a hollowed-out turnip with a burning coal inside, not a smiling, candle-lit pumpkin.) Contemporary jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkin or turnip, aren’t immortal, but their […]

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Get rid of household hazardous materials at a collection event on Friday morning

Got a dead car battery? Old cans of varnish or paint thinner cluttering up your garage? Is there unwanted weed killer in your shed? On Friday morning residents of Iowa City, Kalona, Riverside and certain parts of Johnson County will be able to dispose all that and other household hazardous materials during a mobile collection event at the East Side Recycling Center […]

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Details announced on distribution of new Iowa City recycling and compostable waste carts

Distribution of the new recycling and organic waste carts has begun in Iowa City, but some people who signed up for the 95-gallon compostable waste carts may be in for a longer-than-expected wait. “The demand for these carts has been significant and additional carts are being purchased and will be delivered upon arrival,” according to […]

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New carts for compostable materials available in Iowa City

Iowa City is rolling out new organic waste carts for people who want to participate in the city’s curbside composting program. The new carts come in two sizes: 95 gallons and 25 gallons. “We’re recommending the 95-gallon cart to households that are producing a large amount yard waste on a regular basis,” said Iowa City […]

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All Iowa City apartment buildings will start offering recycling this year

Apartment life in Iowa City will get a little greener in 2018, because every building with more than four rental units have to offer recycling before the end of the year. The Iowa City Council passed a regulation in 2016 mandating landlords provide recycling in order to renew their rental permits — something that must be done every two years. […]

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Cardboard will be banned from Iowa City garbage bins starting next year

As Iowa City residents haul the remains of their New Year’s Eve to curb, they’ll need to remember a new regulation: no cardboard in the garbage bin. Starting Jan. 2, a ban on corrugated cardboard at the Iowa City Landfill goes into effect. Corrugated cardboard (the sort of cardboard construction that has two pieces connected by a wavy layer of cardboard) may be placed in or under curbside recycling bins — boxes should be broken down, with pieces no larger than 2 ft. by 2 ft. — or taken to a recycling facility. […]

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Curbside recycling in Iowa City will get easier next month

Curbside recycling in Iowa City will become simpler next month. Starting Dec. 4, paper and non-paper items in recycling bins will no longer need to be separated. It’s an attempt to increase the number of household that recycle by making the process easier, according to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center’s website.
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