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Compost Facility / Yardwaste Fall Hours

The City of Waterloo’s Compost Facility will be adjusting its hours of operation for the fall season, on Sunday, October 1st, 2017. The fall hours of operation will be 7:00am-7:00pm, 7 days a week until Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 then the hours will change to 7:00am-6:00 pm. As a reminder, the site is located at 2745 Independence Avenue and is open ONLY to residents of Waterloo. Questions may be directed to the Sanitation Department at (319) 291-4455.

2017 Garbage/Recycle/Yardwaste Holiday Make Up Days
Holiday If Your Normal Day is: Your Change Will Be:  What is affected:
Martin Luther King Day Holiday is on a Monday, pick up will not be affected Nothing
Memorial Day Holiday is on a Monday, pick up will not be affected Nothing
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 Monday, July 3rd, 2017 Yardwaste and Garbage
Labor Day Holiday is on a Monday, pick up will not be affected Nothing
Veterans Day Friday, November 10th, 2017 Monday, November 13th, 2017 Yardwaste and Garbage
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 Saturday, November 25th, 2017 Garbage Only
Thanksgiving Day Friday, November 24th, 2017 Monday, November 27th, 2017 Garbage Only
Christmas Friday, December 22nd, 2017 Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 Garbage Only
New Years Day Holiday is on a Monday, pick up will not be affected Nothing

Garbage Disposal
The City of Waterloo garbage trucks pick up garbage once a week for residents. Collection starts at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Please have your garbage carts out the night before or before 6:00 a.m. on your garbage day. Please remove garbage cart from curb by 8:00 p.m.

Waterloo offers 3 different sizes of garbage carts, monthly charges are: 30-gallon cart - $ 9.00 
60-gallon cart - $10.50
90-gallon cart - $15.50
If you need to exchange your cart for a different size, please contact our office.

We have red tags available for extra garbage; you are allowed one bag with a red tag on top of your closed garbage cart per week. You can receive five free tags per year per household, if you need more than five free tags you can purchase them for $1.00 a piece. Tags are available at City hall 715 Mulberry St or at Public Works, 625 Glenwood Street.

Yard Waste Disposal/Curb-side
The curbside yard waste cart program is voluntary and designed to assist residents with debris removal and yard waste clean-up. This cart is designed to hold residential yard waste only as stated by the City and has a maximum capacity of 220 pound.

Refer to the Recycle and Yard Waste Program brochure and calendar for further information or call Public Works – 291-4455.

A yard waste drop-off site for citizens of Waterloo is located at 2749 Independence Ave. The City of Waterloo’s Compost Facility will be adjusting its hours of operation for the fall season, on Sunday, October 1st, 2017. The fall hours of operation will be 7:00am-7:00pm, 7 days a week until Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 then the hours will change to 7:00am-6:00 pm

Recycle Program
The curbside recycle program is also voluntary and designed to assist residents with debris removal and collection of recyclables. This program will decrease money spent on landfill space and help improve the environment.

Refer to the Recycle and Yard Waste Program brochure and calendar for further information or call Public Works at 291-4455.

Drop-off Stations: To assist citizens 4 recycle drop off stations are currently placed throughout the City.

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Contact Information
Sanitation Department
625 Glenwood Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone: (319) 291-4455
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00am-5:00pm

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