Residents with improperly placed yard waste and debris following recent storms will be given final notice to remove these materials beginning Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, through Thursday, Sept. 27. 

Any items that are not properly tied or bundled will be collected at the resident's expenses starting on Monday, Sept. 24 through Friday, Sept. 28. 

Much of the debris is leftover from rains and storms, including a severe storm that hit Iowa City on August 28. Collection crews have been tagging improper yard waste and providing notice for weeks.

After being tagged, residents will have 24-hours to clear materials from the curb, or take steps to place items correctly at the curb by meeting the following requirements:

  • Be four inches in diameter or less 
  • Be securely tied in bundles that are no bigger around than 18 inches, and no more than 48 inches long 
  • Weigh less than 50 pounds 
Woody Yard Waste Dimensions

Any brush not meeting the specifications listed above will be removed Monday at the owner's expense. To learn more, visit

People can also haul storm debris for free to the yard waste facility at the Iowa City Landfill, 3900 Hebl Ave. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday though Saturday. Yard waste must be separated from trash and cannot go into the Landfill per state law. There is a specified location for customers to drop off yard waste at the site.

Residents are responsible for tree damage and debris that falls on their private property. Homeowners and landlords are advised to contact a private tree company if assistance is needed.

People can report downed trees and large branches impacting the public right-of-way using the ICgovXpress mobile app, online at, or by calling 319-356-5000.

The app is available for iPhone and Android devices. Search “GoRequest" where you get your apps.

Date of publication

Thursday, September 20, 2018