When La Porte City’s contract with Black Hawk Waste Disposal goes into effect next month, the garbage and recycling collection schedule will change for some local residents. Thanks to a truck equipped with fully automated grabber arms, Black Hawk Waste Disposal can collect all La Porte City residential garbage in just one day. And that one day will be Friday, unless Friday happens to be a holiday. In La Porte City, when the regular garbage pick up day falls on a holiday, collection will take place the next day, Saturday.

Pickup of large items, appliances and requests for residential dumpsters must be scheduled by calling Black Hawk Waste at 319-232-4150.

Garbage tags for additional bags of trash may be purchased at City Hall for $1 each. There is a limit of one additional bag per week which should be placed on top of the container.

Starting Wednesday, June 3rd, residential curbside recycling will be collected every other Wednesday. With an every other week recycling pickup, residential customers will enjoy two extra curbside recycling pickups a year, 26 instead of the previous 24. Should the scheduled recycling pickup day fall on a holiday, collection would take place the next day (Thursday).

Changes in La Porte City’s solid waste management came after a cost analysis projected a potential savings of several thousand dollars a year. With the equivalent of more than two full-time employees no longer assigned to garbage and recycling collection, the City has elected to reassign job duties in the Public Works Department and use attrition by way of retirements should it decide to reduce the size of the Public Works Department in the future.

La Porte City Garbage/Recycling Tips:

Residents should continue to use the green and blue containers issued by the City
Containers should be placed on the curb. If a vehicle is parked nearby, place container out from the curb at least three feet.
Maintain 4 feet of clear space around each container
Containers should weigh no more than 75 lbs.