Yard Waste

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  1. Aaron TeBockhorst
    Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator

    Ph: 319.248.1740

    Monday - Friday
    7:00 am - 3:30 pm

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Yard Waste Collection Extended to Week of December 4
City of Coralville yard waste collection has been extended for one final week. The final yard waste pickup for 2023 is:

  • Monday, December 4, for all Monday and Tuesday routes
  • Friday, December 8, for all Wednesday and Thursday routes

Yard waste collection may be delayed on snowy or icy days while the program is still in effect. Crews must focus on clearing and treating roads for winter conditions first, and then collect yard waste. Yard waste collection may end at any time before Friday, December 8 due to weather. Please set out remaining yard waste as soon as possible.

General Information
When is yard waste collected?

  • From late March until late November, weather permitting
  • On regular garbage collection days
  • See the map of collection days

Who has curbside yard waste collection?
Like trash and recycling service, the City of Coralville provides yard waste collection services for single family and duplex housing only.

What materials are considered yard waste?

AllowedNot Allowed

  • Leaves
  • Grass / lawn clippings
  • Garden residue
  • Plants and weeds
  • Pumpkins and gourds (remove candles and other decorations; see instructions below)
  • Food waste (see instructions below)
  • Shredded paper
  • Greasy cardboard pizza boxes (se instructions below)

  • Trash
  • Pet waste
  • Dead animals
  • Plant pots, stakes, garden netting, plastic, or plastic bags/wrap
  • Rocks, concrete, or sand
  • Metal, glass, or Styrofoam
  • Tree root balls
  • Lumber
  • Painted, treated, or stained wood or particle board

How to Prepare Yard Waste

  1. Place yard waste in a Coralville yard waste bag, or in a 33-gallon container that has an annual yard waste sticker (see below). 
  2. Put yard waste bags/containers, and prepared brush and tree limbs (see below), at the curb by 7:00 am on your garbage day.
Please note:
  • If you use a yard waste bag, only Coralville yard waste bags will be picked up. Other yard waste bags will not be picked up.
  • Full yard waste bags and containers cannot weigh over 40 pounds.
Yard Waste Bag

Coralville Recyclable Yard Waste Bags
Buy in Person
Buy bags in packages of five for $5, or individually for $1 each, at:

  • Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th St.
  • Coralville Hy-Vee, 1914 8th St.
  • Coralville Hy-Vee, 3285 Crosspark Rd.
  • Theisen's, 100 Westcor Dr.
2018 yard waste sticker

Annual Yard Waste Stickers
Buy by Mail
Send a check for $25.60, along with your name and address, to:
         Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th St., Coralville, IA 52241

Write "annual yard waste sticker" in the check memo. The sticker will be mailed to you.

Buy in Person
Buy an annual yard waste sticker, valid during the pickup season, for $25, at:
         Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th St.

Food Waste & Organics
Food Waste
You can put food scraps or other organic materials in yard waste bags/bins during the months that yard waste is collected. No special composting cart is needed. 

To reduce mess, wrap food waste in newspaper or in ASTM D6400 certified-compostable bags before placing food waste in a yard waste bin or bag. Regular trash bags and plastic bags are not compostable, and yard waste bins/bags with these will not be collected.  

Yard waste picked up in Coralville’s curbside program is taken to the compost facility at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.

Dirty Pizza Boxes
Cardboard pizza boxes that have food residue on them can be included in your yard waste (recycle the clean part of the cardboard box).

Fall Leaves
How to Prepare Leaves
You can use your leaves to feed the soil, or rake and bag leaves for curbside pickup.

1. Mow and mulch/compost leaves to feed your lawn, garden, or compost. This eliminates the need to rake and bag leaves.

2. Rake leaves and place them curbside in:

  • Yard waste bag: Put leaves curbside in Coralville yard waste bags
  • Container: Put leaves curbside in a 33-gallon container with an annual yard waste sticker

Mower Mulch LeavesUse the Leaves to Feed Your Lawn
Mow and mulch/compost leaves to feed your lawn, garden, or compost.

Bags Stickers Rake LeavesRake & Bag Leaves
Rake leaves and use a Coralville yard waste bag, or an annual yard waste sticker.

 Leaf Collection Tips:

  • Skip raking and use fall leaves to feed your lawn and soil.
  • If you use yard waste bags, use only Coralville yard waste bags. Other types of yard waste bags will not be picked up.
  • Don’t place leaves in plastic bags; they cannot be recycled.
  • Don’t rake or blow leaves into streets, ditches, or drainage ways—this clogs storm drains.
  • Loose leaf piles are not collected.
  • Burning leaves is not permitted.

How to Skip Raking & Leave the Leaves in Your Yard
You can use leaves to improve your lawn and decrease the use of harmful fertilizers. Choose any of the following ways to skip raking and bagging leaves:

Mow over your leaves and feed your lawn.
Mow over your leaves in your yard without a mower bag, and let nature turn the leaves into lawn nutrients without harmful chemicals. Mow with one or more passes (if leaves are thick, you may need to spread them out first). The mower chops up the dried leaves and grass clippings and deposits them back into the turf.

This saves time, feeds your lawn, eliminates the need to rake and bag leaves, improves your soil health, and supports microorganisms that live in the soil.

Make mulch and use leaves to feed landscaping, gardens, and trees.
Mow your lawn with the mower bag attached, and use partially-shredded leaves as mulch around gardens and landscaped areas to decompose over winter. Or, rake a light layer around the base of trees. Some species of butterflies and moths overwinter as eggs, pupae, or adults in leaf litter.

Recycle leaves by adding them to compost.
Compost, a rich soil product made up of decomposed organic matter like yard waste and kitchen scraps, improves the soil quality of gardens, lawns, trees, plants, and shrubs.

Why does Coralville pick up bagged leaves, instead of a leaf vacuum?

  • The environment: Fewer leaves wind up in the gutter when they are contained in yard waste bags or yard waste cans. Loose leaves piled at the curb can blow back into yards, requiring re-raking—or worse yet, can clog storm drains, which blocks stormwater runoff and carries lawn pollutants into waterways. 
  • Reliability: City yard waste picks up bagged or canned leaves on trash day each week. This gives residents multiple chances to get rid of leaves throughout the fall. Vacuum trucks operate with just a few passes through each neighborhood during the fall. Access can be limited by parked cars, and collection can be delayed by weather or mechanical problems. 
  • Safety: Leaves that blow into the gutter can be dangerous to bicyclists and motorcyclists. Leaves in the street can hide potential hazards, cause cyclists to swerve into traffic, and can become slippery.

Brush & Tree Limbs
Curbside Collection
Curbside pick up for brush and tree limbs is on your regular garbage day from late March until late November, weather permitting. Stickers are not required and there is no charge for the pickup. 

How to prepare brush and tree limbs: 

  • Securely tie brush and tree limbs in bundles
  • Bundles should be no greater than 18 inches in diameter
  • Individual limbs in the bundles must be no larger than 2 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length
Due to truck capacity, do not place more than 8 bundles at the curb. Excess bundles will be left at the curb. If you have a large amount of bundles to set out, call 319.248.1740.

Haul It 
You can also haul brush and tree limbs to the compost facility at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center for free disposal.

Yard Waste Bundle Example

Pumpkins & Gourds
After Halloween celebrations and fall festivities are over, dispose of your pumpkins and organic fall decorations properly: get rid of pumpkins by putting them in your yard waste, and not the trash. 

  1. Remove non-organic decorations like candles.
  2. Place pumpkins in your yard waste bin. 
  3. Remember that full yard waste bags and containers cannot weigh over 40 pounds.  

Why don't pumpkins belong in the trash?
When a pumpkin gets tossed in the garbage it winds up in the landfill. There, it rots in an anaerobic environment (absent of oxygen) and emits methane gas, a greenhouse gas.

On the other hand, composting -- which happens to your yard waste -- is an aerobic process, which eliminates the building up methane gas.

What else can I do with leftover pumpkins? 
Turn that ghastly gourd into something good: compost. Pumpkins are 90% water and decompose easily, so they're an ideal addition toward a nutrient-rich compost mix. 

If you don't have a composter, remove the seeds and cut pumpkins and gourds into smaller pieces, and mix into your garden soil.

Pumpkins and gourds can be a treat for backyard critters; do not give painted or decorated pumpkins to animals.


What if I miss the last yard waste pickup of the season?
Self Haul: Coralville residents may take organics (food and yard waste) to the compost facility at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center (3900 Hebl Avenue SW, Iowa City). It is open year-round, six days a week, except for holidays and windy days. Yard waste must be separated from trash loads.
Take your yard waste to the compost facility

Feed your lawn: Mow over leaves to feed your lawn for free. The mulched leaves will decompose and help build richer soil.

Compost: If you compost at home, leaves, grass, and garden trimmings are all compostable.