Iowa City looks to expand recycling service

Iowa City may expand its recycling pick-up service to get it out of the bottom of the bin compared to other cities around the state.

The city is looking at adding new apartment buildings to the service for the first time. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the City Council voiced support for the proposed change during a work session on Monday.

Recycling coordinator Jen Jordan says 45 percent of Iowa City residents live in a five-plex or larger building, which currently are not required to have recycling.

Jordan says of the Iowa City residences that have the service, each household averages 16 pounds of recyclables a month. Davenport averages 54 pounds, Des Moines averages 46 pounds and Cedar Rapids averages 37 pounds.

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