Yard Waste

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 can have yard waste collection?

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

How to Prepare Yard Waste

  • Place yard waste in a biodegradable Coralville yard waste bag, or in a 33-gallon container that has an annual yard waste sticker. 
  • If you use a yard waste bag, only Coralville biodegradable 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.
  • Put yard waste bags/containers at the curb by 7:00 am on your garbage day.

Coralville Biodegradable 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.
Yard Waste Bag

Annual Yard Waste Stickers

Buy by Mail
Send a check for $25.50, 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.
2018 yard waste sticker

Contact Us

  1. Aaron TeBockhorst

    Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator

    Ph: 319.248.1740


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

    Staff Directory

Types of Yard Waste

  • Leaves
  • Lawn clippings
  • Garden residue
  • Plants and weeds
  • Pumpkins (remove candles and other decorations)
  • Food waste
Not Accepted
  • Trash
  • Plastic
  • Rocks
  • Lumber
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • Glass

Food Waste

Food scraps or other organic materials may be placed in yard waste bags/bins during the months that yard waste is collected. No special composting cart is needed.  Yard waste picked up in Coralville’s curbside program is taken to the compost area at the Iowa City Landfill.  

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.  

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). 

Brush & Tree Limbs

Curbside: 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 and emits methane gas, a greenhouse 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.