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Iowa City will suspend its weekly organics collection, which includes yard and food waste, beginning Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Regular weekly service will resume Monday, March 18.

Curbside organics collection takes a break annually to conserve fuel and limit expenses during late winter when use is reduced. Food and yard waste pick up will continue to be offered during this break by appointment. To schedule, call 319-356-5151 at least 24-hours prior to your regular collection day. 

A few friendly reminders to reduce food waste from freezing to the container:

  • Wait to put your organics container at the curb until 7 a.m. on your curbside collection day (if the container is regularly stored indoors) 
  • Line your container with cardboard or newspaper before placing food waste in container
  • Place food waste in paper bags or ASTM D6400 certified compostable bags before placing in container
  • Place food waste in the your freezer to preserve material. You can place frozen food waste in your container on your curbside collection day, or keep it frozen until temperatures warm up.

If you keep your container outdoors and regularly add food waste to it, the material may freeze to the container. This can cause the materials to not empty during curbside pickup. Material will thaw and loosen from container when temperatures warm up again.

To learn more about curbside organics collection, including a list of compostable materials, visit www.icgov.org/foodwaste. For questions, contact Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch at 319-887-6110 or jane-wilch@iowa-city.org

Date of publication

Wednesday, January 16, 2019