The City reminds residents that curbside collection of organics (yard and food waste) will continue throughout the winter season with no suspension in service.

Please have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day for pickup. Place carts or containers on a solid surface for pickup, such as the end of your driveway. Do not place carts on a snowbank or in the street.

Here are some tips to reduce organic material from freezing to your curbside container:

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

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

For questions about curbside collection, contact Patricia Fossum at or 319-356-5466. For questions about composting and recycling, contact Jane Wilch at or 319-887-6110.

Date of publication

Tuesday, January 12, 2021