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Iowa City's Annual Rummage Sale Saves Landfill Space

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa City will once again hold its annual rummage sale. It comes each year when leases are up and college students begin to dump all kinds of used items as they move out.

City leaders organized Rummage in the Ramp to change that throw-out mind-set. It encourages people to drop-off their items at the city’s Chauncey Parking Ramp. Those items are then either recycled or sold.

To date the sale has saved an estimated 170 tons of household furnishings from going into the landfill.

“I would say come down check it out, we literally kept 30 tons of stuff out of the landfill last year, 32 non-profits benefit from the proceeds, if you like to do garage sales, it is a lot of fun,” said Jennifer Jordan, the city’s recycling coordinator.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit area non-profits. Rummage in the Ramp runs from July 25th through August 3rd.