With lease changeover in full swing, Iowa City residents are reminded to deal with discarded items properly to avoid tagging and fees. 

Carts and bags at the curb

Trash, recycling, and organics carts should not be set out prior to 7 p.m. the evening before your weekly pick-up. Instead, these items should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. the morning of pick-up and pulled back as soon as possible after they have been emptied. Additional bagged trash must have a City of Iowa City trash sticker affixed. These stickers are available for $2.50 at local grocery stores, hardware stores, and City Hall, 410 E. Washington St. 

Scheduling pick up 

Iowa City customers can schedule pick-up for bulk items, like furniture, by calling Solid Waste at 319-356-5151. The pick-up schedule is filling quickly and residents should not expect to have items picked up for at least two weeks. Pricing is available at www.icgov.org/garbage

Fines and fees 

Items left on the curb will be tagged with a 24-hour notice to remove them. If the items remain on the curb after 24 hours, City staff will pick them up and the following fees will be charged to the customer’s utility bill:

  • Appliances: $20 each 
  • Garbage can and bags: $2.50/each, plus $10 flat pick up fee 
  • Equipment fees (1 hour minimum): $25.50
  • Labor fees (1 hour minimum): $20
  • Administrative fees: $25

Delayed enforcement the week of July 30 to August 3

A week of delayed enforcement will take place between July 30 and August 3. This grace period will be limited to bulky items only and provides a reprieve to landlords and property managers of the daily responsibility of removing bulky items, such as couches and dressers, from the curb. This grace period is in place to allow property owners time to clean up, and is not an amnesty period. Beginning Monday, Aug. 6, any items, including bulky items, remaining at the curb will be subject to immediate removal by City crews and fees will be charged to the customer’s utility bill. 

Even with delayed enforcement in place, appliances, garbage cans and bags, and loose trash will be subject to immediate removal and the fees listed above will be charged to the utility account holder. 

Other options beyond the curb

  • Take items to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center: For hours, rates, and a list of items that must be recycled, visit www.icgov.org/landfill
  • Furniture Project: Families in need could use your furniture. Call Habitat ReStore at 319-338-5687 for additional information.  
  • Rummage in the Ramp: Donate reusable furniture and household items from July 26 through August 4. Donations are tax deductible. For more info, visit www.icgov.org/rummageintheramp or contact Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch at 319-887-6110. Posters are available to share with rental tenants by calling 319-887-6160. 

If you have questions, contact the Solid Waste Division at 319-356-5151.

Date of publication

Thursday, July 26, 2018