Sanitation Department

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Compost Facility / Yardwaste Fall Hours

Spring/Summer hours of operation are April 1st  to September 30th, 8 AM to 8 PM.  
Late Summer/Fall hours of operation are October 1st to November 30th, 7 AM to 7 PM.

As a reminder, the site is located at 2745 Independence Avenue and is open ONLY to residents of Waterloo.

Click here to view and print the 2024 Yard Waste Schedule.

Questions may be directed to the Sanitation Department at   (319) 291-4455.

Waterloo offers 3 different sizes of garbage carts, monthly charges are:

Garbage Disposal

The City of Waterloo garbage trucks pick up garbage once a week for residents. Collection starts at 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Please have your garbage carts out the night before or before 6:00 a.m. on your garbage day. Please remove garbage cart from curb by 8:00 p.m.

32-gallon cart - $ 10.00 
64-gallon cart - $ 11.75
96-gallon cart - $ 17.75
If you need to exchange your cart for a different size, please contact our office.

Additional Services and Fees:
Please click the tab to the right or click here to be redirected.

Radio Frequency Identification program (RFID)

The City of Waterloo’s Public Works Department announces the Radio Frequency Identification Program (RDID Program) is now fully operational for curbside garbage services!

Waterloo’s new system keeps track of every address for the driver, verifying if each cart is serviced. This saves valuable time and resources. Drivers will no longer go back for carts put out late or filled a second time, dump unregistered carts, dump carts belonging to another address, and the system will know if RFID tags are damaged or tampered with. In addition, this new RFID system can detect if an address has the wrong cart, too many carts, carts not being paid for, carts at the wrong address, etc. 

Effective July 19th, 2022 account holders may be fined for the following issues:

  •  for using wrong carts
  •  for using an unregistered cart
  •  for using the wrong size cart
  •  tampering with RFID tags                                                            
  •  First offense - $250.00
  •  Subsequent offenses - $500.00

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We have red tags available for extra garbage; you are allowed one bag with a red tag on top of your closed garbage cart per week. These stickers can be purchased for $1.00 a piece. Tags are available at City hall 715 Mulberry St or at Public Works, 625 Glenwood Street.

Read more about Garbage exemptions for low income & elderly citizens and also private hauler  here. 

2024 Holiday Schedule

Yard Waste Disposal/Curb-side
The curbside yard waste cart program is voluntary and designed to assist residents with debris removal and yard waste clean-up. This cart is designed to hold residential yard waste only as stated by the City and has a maximum capacity of 220 pound.

Refer to the 2024 Yard Waste Program brochure and calendar for further information or call Public Works – 291-4455.

Bulk Item Pick-up
Review the guidelines for Bulk Item Pick-up here. Payment must be made before 2 PM the day before your regular garbage pick up day if you would like the items picked up on that next garbage day.  Click here to print a Bulk Item Pick Up form to mail or drop off.

Recycle Program
Recycling CertifiateThe curbside recycling program is a voluntary and designed to assist residents with debris removal and collection of recyclables. This program will decrease money spent on landfill space and help improve the environment.

Please call the City of Waterloo, Public Works at 319-291-4455 to request a recycle cart and to participate in this program. To locate your recycle pickup day, please click the following link: .   You will fill in your address and it will show you the current month and your recycle days. Please contact Republic Services for information regarding schedules at 844-737-8254.

RecyclingDrop-off Stations: To assist citizens 4 recycle drop-off stations are currently placed throughout the City.
Click the link below to view the drop-off station in Google Maps.

Select a link to view its contents:

Contact Information
Sanitation Department
625 Glenwood Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone: (319) 291-4455
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00am-4:00pm

Republic Services  844-737-8254