An image of a organics collection cart.

Regular organics curbside collection will resume Monday, March 18, 2019 throughout Iowa City. 

Organics will again be collected after a six-week service suspension held over winter months, during which materials were collected through on an appointment only basis to conserve fuel.

Iowa City residents that receive curbside services can place yard waste and food waste in the same container at the curb to be picked up and transported to the Iowa City Landfill's compost facility, where it is made into compost.

Set containers out by 7 a.m. on your regular curbside collection day to ensure pick up. Maintain a four-feet clear zone between each cart at the curb. Containers include upright containers 20-35 gallons in size (weight limit of 50 pounds), or any official City of Iowa City organics cart.

Only compost accepted materials like yard waste, food scraps, fruits, vegetables, eggs, eggshells, pizza, pizza boxes, and many other items. For the full list, read the Food Waste Handout.

Need a 25-gallon organics cart? 

Last year, the City added new yellow-lid carts like the City garbage and recycling carts. 

Iowa City curbside customers can pick up a 25-gallon organics cart for curbside food scraps and yard waste collection from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, March 18th at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City. They do not need to be reserved. Please bring your City of Iowa City utility bill, or a screenshot of your bill if you pay paperless, as proof of address to pick up a cart. 

The City is taking online requests for the 95-gallon carts. Fill out the form or call 319-356-5151. Carts will be delivered based on availability and staff time. Waits will vary.

For more information, contact Assistant Refuse Superintendent Patricia Fossum at 319-356-5466 or at

Date of publication

Tuesday, March 12, 2019