Yard waste such as grass, leaves and garden residue can be bagged in special Iowa City yard waste bags imprinted with the City logo. These bags, priced at $1.25 each, are available for purchase at participating Iowa City grocery, hardware and general merchandise stores, and at the Iowa City City Hall Cashier, 410 E. Washington Street. The $1.25 fee per bag pays for the expense of the pickup and composting service. Note: Generic paper yard waste bags cannot be substituted for City-branded yard waste bags if you wish curbside pickup.
An alternative to yard waste bags is the annual yard waste sticker which costs $12.50 this year. Last year's sticker is good until March 31, 2017. This sticker is to be placed on a container no larger than 35 gallons that you supply. These stickers are effective beginning April 1 and are valid until December 29, 2017. New stickers are not available at this time, but we will update this page when they are ready.
Stickers can be purchased in person at the Customer Service Cashier, City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Written orders may also be mailed to the Cashier at the above address, including name, service address, mailing address (if different) and check in the amount of $13 to cover postage/handling fee for each sticker ordered. Persons may order by phone at 319-356-5066 with MasterCard or Visa credit card between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Open burning of yard waste and other refuse is prohibited in Iowa City at all times.
Woody yard waste
Iowa City residents who have City of Iowa City curbside garbage pick-up service may place fallen tree limbs, branches, brush and woody yard waste at the curb for pick-up on their normal garbage day only if it meets the following specifications: wood waste and brush must be four inches in diameter or less and must be securely tied in bundles that are no bigger around than 18 inches and no more than 48 inches in length. Bundles must also weigh less than 50 pounds. Any brush not meeting the specifications listed above will be left at the curb.
Our yearly yard waste suspension period will occur the first full week in February and will run for a five-week period. During this period, yard waste will still be collected on a call-in basis; please call 319-356-5151 to schedule a pick-up during this time.