In August, the City of La Porte City will change the way it collects garbage and recycling.  The City has purchased a new garbage truck with an automatic cart tipper. When this new vehicle is put into service, residents will be required to use City-provided containers for both garbage and recycling.

Standard sized containers are 65 gallons each. These containers will be provided free of charge to all customers, and will remain property of the City of La Porte City. The monthly rate for garbage and recycling collection will be $17. Garbage and recycling routes and pick up days will not change.

Customers may only set out garbage and recycling that fits inside the closed container. The City has green tags, at a cost of one dollar each, to be used for the collection of extra garbage. Customers will be limited to one additional bag of garbage each week. The extra bag to be collected must have the appropriate green tag attached and be placed on top of the closed garbage container.

Residents may request a smaller, 35 gallon container for garbage and/or recycling, if they wish. The cost to collect 35 gallon containers will be the same as the standard, 65 gallon size. Residents may also request a larger, 95 gallon container for either or both garbage and recycling. Cost for using the larger container will an additional $5 per month.  Residents who choose to decline a recycling container will be charged the same amount as those customers who use the City’s recycling containers. The use of the City’s garbage containers may not be declined.

Postcards have been sent to those customers who will be affected by these changes. Customers wishing to request larger or smaller containers than the standard 65 gallon size, or who wish to decline the recycling container, must return their postcard indicating their choices and return it to

City Hall by May 31, 2013.

Customers who have not received a postcard may pick one up at City Hall. Customers who do not return a postcard will be provided standard 65 gallon containers for both garbage and recycling.

Examples of the new containers can be seen next to the La Porte City Police Department, behind City Hall on Locust Street.

THE TRASH MAN COMETH - In August, the City of La Porte City will distribute new garbage and recycling containers for city residents to use. Each garbage customer will receive two 65-gallon containers (center), one each for garbage and recycling. Customers have the option of requesting smaller, 32-gallon containers like the one on the left, or larger, 95-gallon containers (right). Photo by Mike Whittlesey.

THE TRASH MAN COMETH – In August, the City of La Porte City will distribute new garbage and recycling containers for city residents to use. Each garbage customer will receive two 65-gallon containers (center), one each for garbage and recycling. Customers have the option of requesting smaller, 32-gallon containers like the one on the left, or larger, 95-gallon containers (right). Photo by Mike Whittlesey.