Garbage Collection

Basic Guidelines Regular Refuse Collection Routes


Container Size and Placement (Old Program Containers)

  • "Trash Can" shall mean any container with not less than a 20 gallon capacity and not more than a 40 gallon capacity. Containers should be made of metal or plastic that are watertight. Containers shall not exceed a load weight of 50 pounds.
  • Trash collected in garbage bags should have sufficient capacity and are at least 1 1/2 mils thick.
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All Collection Programs in the City of Muscatine and Fruitland


  • city collections made from alleys: Containers or garbage bags shall be placed adjacent to and in back of the property line abutting the alley.
city collections made from streets: Containers or garbage bags shall be placed within 3 ft. of the back curb line or the shoulder of the street without causing the container to be placed on any public street or sidewalk. All materials for collection can be placed out for pick up after 4 p.m. the day before collection and no later than 5 a.m. the day of collection


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Yard Waste Collection

  • Grass clippings, leaves, and garden waste can be picked up at the curb on regular garbage pick up day. Materials for pick up will only be picked up in City of Muscatine Yard Waste Bags. Yard waste bags that have store brand names on them will not be picked up.
  • City of Muscatine Bags can be purchased at local retailers:
    • Muscatine Recycling Center and Transfer Station
    • Hy-Vee Stores
    • Fareway
    • O'DonnellTrue Value
    • Wal-Mart
    • Walgreens
    • WFO


Brush and Limb Collection

  • Tree limbs and other trimmings from trees and shrubs shall be bundled with string or cord in 4-foot lengths.
  • Larger tree limbs for collection should be directed to Public Works at 563.263.8933