Fall Yard Waste Disposal 2013

The fall season is upon us and with that it is time to think about preparing for the winter season. Mulching of leaves is one of the best practices in managing fall leaves. Home composting is also a very beneficial method of managing yard waste for those that have the necessary space. For those who do not have the means to mulch or home compost, the City of Cedar Falls provides several options to assist with the collection and disposal of fall yard waste. The following options are available this fall:
  • Cedar Falls yard waste carts will be picked up free of charge on Mondays during the months of October and November. Carts will be collected as often as possible from November 4th, through November 15th, 2013.

  • Biodegradable paper yard waste bags will be picked up curbside during the weeks of November 4th, through November 15th, 2013. Yard waste bags are no longer available through the City. Biodegradable paper bags must be purchased from area retailers. This will be the last year of paper bag collection.

  • Yard waste bags are to be used as a supplemental collection method during the “free” collection period only. Bags will not be collected any time other than the designated free collection period. The weight limit for paper biodegradable bags is 50 pounds.
  • The Transfer Station accepts yard waste on a daily basis. Yard waste is accepted free of charge during the months of October and November.
  • Yard waste collection goes to a call-in basis beginning December 2, 2013 through April 1, 2014. Normal fees apply during this time.

Seasonal Compost Facility


This facility is open during the months of October and November for residents to dispose of yard waste and tree trimmings. Hours for the facility are Monday thru Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturday 8:00 am – 3:00 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the Seasonal Compost Facility for the disposal of yard waste. This site is conveniently located north of the river and across the railroad tracks on East Main Street. Materials processed at this site are recycled for public use as well as for various parks and public works projects. There is no charge for use of this facility.

Leaf Vacuum Service


Cedar Falls residents have the option to utilize a “call in” leaf vacuum service. This service is offered during the months of October and November. Residents who are interested in this disposal option should pile their leaves directly behind the curb between the street and sidewalk for collection. Residents must then call the Public Works Department at 273-8629 to request the vacuum service. The cost for this service is $50 per visit.

Yard Waste Carts


Those who use yard waste carts are reminded not to overload their carts. The weight limit is 250 pounds. Please do not put dirt, sod, or ashes in the yard waste carts. Remember to place your yard waste cart at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection.

Operating hours for the Transfer Station are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday, and Saturday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Questions regarding the options for yard waste collection may be directed to the Cedar Falls Public Works Department at 273-8629.