Curbside Collection - Garbage, Recycling, Yard Waste

The City of Council Bluffs contracts Waste Connections to provide curbside collection of garbage, recycling, yard waste, and more. The fee for curbside collection is $216 per year. Billing occurs quarterly and payments in increments of $54 are due in February, May, August, and November.

There are no set times for collection. Garbage, recycling, and yard waste must be set out by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day, or as early as 7:00 p.m. the night before. If set out late, it will not be collected until the following week, limits still apply.

Weekly Curbside Garbage Collection
Weekly Curbside Recycling Collection

Weekly Curbside Yard Waste Collection (April 1 - Nov 30)

  • Yard waste includes branches, limbs, grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, etc.
  • Yard waste containers must be marked with a "Y" or an orange yard waste sticker from the Recycling Center
  • Place yard waste in garbage can, City-approved Poly Cart, or paper yard waste bags
  • Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected
  • Limbs and branches must be gathered into bundles no more than 4' long, 2' diameter, and 60lbs
  • Use twine or string to tie bundles, do not use wire, nylon, or rope
  • Have more than that? Bring trees and yard waste to the Recycling Center 

Curbside Appliance/ Bulky Waste Collection

  • Each household is allowed two appliance/ bulky weight pick-ups per year
  • Pick-ups must be scheduled. Call Waste Connections at (712) 256-2288
  • Appliance doors must be secured shut for safety
  • Bulky waste does not include garbage
  • Bulky waste must be no larger than 8' long, 4' wide, and 4' tall (i.e. a full-size couch)
  • Items such as carpeting and boards should be placed in bundles no more than 4' long, 4' diameter and 60lbs
  • If you have large amounts, you need to contract a commercial waste hauler. To verify a commercial hauler's license call the Council Bluffs Recycling Center

Curbside Used Oil Collection

  • Limited to two gallons per month
  • Oil must be placed in sturdy, leak-proof container with screw-top lids, containers with snap-on lids will not be collected
  • Containers must be clearly labeled
  • Set oil away from garbage, recycling, and yard waste
  • Have more than that? Bring household hazardous waste to the Recycling Center


Need to sign up? Call the City of Council Bluffs Treasury Department at (712) 890-5316

Missed collection? Call Waste Connections at (712) 256-2288

Billing questions? Call the City of Council Bluffs Treasury Department at (712) 890-5316

Need to dispose of Ammunition? Call the Council Bluffs Police Department (712) 328-5737

More info can be found in the Recycling and Solid Waste Services Guide, also mailed each spring to residents on City waste services.