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Iowa City Trash Schedule 2024 (Bulk Pickup, Holidays, Map)

We’re here to help you find the Iowa City trash pickup schedule for 2024 including bulk pickup, recycling, holidays, and maps.

The City of Iowa City is in Iowa with Cedar Rapids to the north, Burlington to the south, Davenport to the east, and Des Moines to the west.

If there’s a change to your normal trash collection schedule then there’s a good chance your street sweeping schedule has changed too so make sure to check for updates.

Iowa City Trash Collection Calendar 2024

For normal trash collections schedules, visit https://www.icgov.org/government/departments-and-divisions/public-works/resource-management/garbage

Trash Pick Up Holidays

Here you can see the city-observed holidays.

  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 29, 2024)
    • Curbside Collections: normal operations 
    • Landfill: Closed May 29
  • Juneteenth (Monday, June 19, 2024)
    • Curbside Collections: normal operations 
    • Landfill: Closed June 19
  • Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4, 2024)
    • Curbside Collections: normal operations
    • Landfill: Closed Tuesday, July 4
  • Labor Day (Monday, September 4, 2024)
    • Curbside Collections: normal operations
    • Landfill: Closed September 4

Iowa City Trash Collection Map

Iowa City Trash Pickup Schedule Map

Bulk Waste Pickup Calendar 2024

To find your bulk item pickup schedule visit: https://www.iowa-city.org/forms/bulkpickup

Acceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

Large bulky items (maximum length of 7 feet): items that cannot be broken down to fit in standard garbage cart or bag

  • Examples: chair, couches, mattresses
  • Fees: $12.50 for the first item; $6 for each additional item per pickup


  • Examples: computers, televisions, printers
  • Fees: Electronics that do not have CRT screens/monitors (such as printers, CPUs, VCRs) are $12.50 for the first item; $6 for each additional item. Televisions and computer monitors: $21.50 each. These are not allowed in the garbage and must be recycled.


  • Examples: refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners, microwaves, water heaters
  • Fee: $20 each
  • Appliances are not allowed in the garbage and must be recycled.


  • Fees: $3.75 per tire not on rim; $7.50 per tire on rim
  • Tires are not allowed in the garbage and must be recycled.

Unacceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

  • Hot ashes 
  • Batteries
  • Cardboard 
  • Yard waste
  • Oil 
  • Hazardous material, including paint
  • Pressurized containers, such as propane or helium tanks
  • Explosives
  • Medical waste, such as sharps or syringes
  • Automotive parts
  • Riding lawnmowers or ATVs 
  • Pianos
  • Items longer than 7 feet

Have bulky items the city won’t pick up? You need a junk removal service.

If you have large items that the city won’t take from you, you may need to hire a junk removal service.

Junk removal services are not be as picky about the items they’re collecting so if the city won’t take the item, this may be your best bet. There’s usually a fee involved with junk removal but most companies can tell you ahead of time approximately what it’s going to cost.

There are a number of junk removal services in Iowa City and I’m sure many of them will be able to help you out.

Recycling Collection Calendar 2024

Here’s the link to the recycling collection calendar: https://www.icgov.org/government/departments-and-divisions/public-works/resource-management/recycling

Frequently Asked Questions

When is bulk pickup in Iowa City?

To find your bulky item pickup in your area visit: https://www.iowa-city.org/forms/bulkpickup

What day is trash pickup?

To find trash pickup on your street visit: https://www.iowa-city.org/weblink/0/edoc/1779831/Weekly%20garbage%20pickup%20schedule.pdf

What time does trash collection start?

Trash collection starts at 7:00 a.m. Make sure to have your bins on the curb by then.

How can I contact the Iowa City Public Works Department?

Resource Management Customer Service
Phone: 319-356-5151

Curbside & Collections & Special Pick-ups
Phone: 319-356-5466
Email: [email protected]

Did we miss anything?

Hope you were able to find everything you need for the Iowa City trash pickup schedule. We strive to provide the most up to date information so please let us know if you need anything else.

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