The final round of curbside pickup of large debris caused by the Aug. 10 derecho will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

City crews are currently working with staff from Johnson County and the Iowa Department of Transportation to remove large debris left at the curbs of residents. This work requires the use of trucks, skid-loaders, and other large equipment.

It may be late September until the final round of storm debris clearing will be completed, as City crews will be slowed following the departure of partners from the county and state.

The focus of crews has been removing large debris, from tree trunks to large limbs and branches. Such debris should be cut six-feet in length or shorter, and taken to the curb by residents as soon as possible to ensure they are picked up. 

Options for debris pickup

Property owners are urged to move quickly towards getting their tree debris to the curb, so that crews can complete cleanup. Following the final pass of debris removal, residents will need to adhere to pre-storm practices, meaning yard waste will have to be placed in bags, yellow-lid City organics carts, and other containers, or tied in bundles. 

The City also invites residents to self-haul yard debris to the temporary site at the City lot south of 1200 S. Riverside; its entrance is across from Ruppert Road. This site is open to Iowa City residents from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 30, 2020, at no cost.

Commercial haulers should continue to use the Iowa City Landfill’s commercial compost facility at 3900 Hebl Avenue SW, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The cost for tree debris for commercial haulers is $24/ton.

Reminders for storm debris cleanup

  1. Do not park in front of uncollected storm debris, as crews will be unable to clear these areas. 
  2. Do not wait to get debris to the curb; debris should be placed as soon as possible.
  3. Small piles of twigs and branches left at the curb may not be picked up by City crews. Please place these items into your yellow-lid organics cart, paper yard waste bags, or other containers 20-35 gallons in size that weigh less than 50 pounds. 
  4. To report any felled trees on sidewalks, right of ways, or streets, please use the online reporting service, or call Streets at 319-356-5181. 
  5. To receive curbside service alerts to your email, signup for alerts at

Date of publication

Tuesday, August 25, 2020