How to use Refuse and Yard Waste carts

Refuse & Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

  • Garbage / yard waste must be in the cart with the lid closed completely
  • Bag all garbage before putting in cart
  • Do Not over fill your cart. (250 lb limit)
  • Cart must be at curbside/alley by 7 am on your collection day
  • Face carts toward street
  • Arrows on the lid should point toward the street or alley
  • Leave 4' between others carts or objects
  • Bring cart in by 8 pm on collection day
garbage can closed completely

Eliminate Overflow

Make sure you have the right size cart to meet your needs.
We offer 3 different size refuse carts:

  • 32 Gallon Beginning January 1, 2022 it will be $9.46 per month
  • 68 Gallon Beginning January 1, 2022 it will be $17.86 per month
  • 95 Gallon  Beginning January 1, 2022 it will be $27.84 per month

Please call (319)273-8629 if you would like to exchange your refuse cart. You can exchange the refuse cart for free once a year. If more than once a year their will be a $20 exchange fee. Carts will not be exchanged if they are dirty, smell bad, etc. It is the homeowners responsibility to care for their refuse container. Homeowners can wash their containers and bag their garbage to help alleviate the smell in their carts.


Stolen or Lost Cart

For a stolen or lost cart, call the Public Works office at (319) 273-8629.

The cart is the property of the City of Cedar Falls and each one has a serial number to identify it.

Excess Garbage

Bag Tags can be purchased for garbage that does not fit inside the cart. Extra bag on cart as shown in the picture requires a tag ($1.25).

You are allowed to place one bag with an attached tag on top of the closed lid of your cart for pick up.

Excess garbage can also be brought to the Transfer Station at 15th and State Street.

example of bag with tag on top of cart

Location, Location, Location

Find a trouble free location for the cart, preferably on a level surface at the street or alley line and not directly under low hanging overhead wires. Do not place carts on top of snow piles.