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For the purposes of automated pick-up of solid waste the Central Business District was defined as: 800-1000 blocks of Main Street, 800 block of Commercial Street, 800-1000 blocks of Broad Street, 700-800 blocks of 4th Avenue, and 700-800 blocks of 5th Avenue.
Residences and businesses in the Central Business District that currently have curbside collection will continue to have curbside collection of trash with purchase of stickers required.
It is recommended you have your trash in a bag or multiple bags inside your cart in order to keep it clean but you will no longer have to purchase yellow city bags or city stickers.
No, you will still dispose of your trash in the dumpster as you do today.
February 22, 2019
If no selection was made a standard-size cart (65-gallon) was delivered to the property.
No. The city will discontinue pick-up of recyclables at the curb as of June 28, 2019. A recycling drop-off center at the public service building (1411 1st Avenue) will be available for those that want to continue to recycle. Those that are not able or do not wish to haul their recyclables will have to place that material in their cart with their other trash.
Recycling dumpsters currently at businesses will not be changed.
Cart-size selection needed to be based on how much trash you generate each week. In general one full yellow bag or less will fit in the small cart. Two yellow bags requires the standard-size cart and three or more bags will need the large-size cart. If you are unwilling or unable to haul recyclables to the recycling center that will increase the amount of trash you will generate. If no selection was made by the February 22nd deadline a standard, 65-gallon cart was delivered to your property.
Monthly rates as set by the city council are as follows: $13.50 for the small cart, $17.50 for the standard cart, and $21.50 for the large cart. The rates include a $5.00 per month charge to maintain the recycling drop-off center. Residents and business owners should have selected a cart size based on the amount of trash generated weekly and not by the monthly cost.
Yes, that process will not change. Arrangements for a special pick-up or pick-up of a large item can be made by calling Public Services at 641-236-2632.
If there are weeks when your trash will not fit in the cart you will need to purchase a sticker and bring your bag to the public service building for disposal in the appropriate dumpster. If your trash will not fit in the cart on a regular basis you may want to consider purchase of a larger cart. Contact public services at 641-236-2632 to discuss changing sizes. Replacement or additional carts will cost $55.00.
Replacement carts can be obtained by contacting public services at 641-236-2632. Replacement or additional carts will cost $55.00.
Yes. Carts will be required at each property with a water meter in place. The cart stays with the property and will be used by the next occupant of the home.
Homes that are vacant for three months or more can request reimbursement on their solid waste charges. Information on sanitation reimbursement can be found on the solid waste web page.
If you move the cart should stay with the house. Your new home, if in Grinnell, should already have a cart. If you prefer a different size cart at your new home, contact the Public Service department at 641-236-2632 to discusses changing sizes.
For homes without a level surface at the curb, the cart will need to be placed in the street.
Yes, as long as it has a yellow sticker or is in a yellow city bag.
Unfortunately, the city will not reimburse you for unused yellow bags or stickers. Both can be kept and used on those rare occasions that you have extra trash that will not fit in your cart. Or they can be shared with friends or relatives before implementation of the automated pick-up.