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Le Mars Solid Waste Collection

2014 TWIG, BRANCH AND GRASS POLICY

The Twig, Branch and Grass Drop-off site behind Riverview Ball Complex is open April through November on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and Wednesday from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. (1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. after daylight savings time) weather permitting. The site will be monitored by Staff. There will be no curbside pick-up of twigs and branches by the City. Only tree twigs, branches, grass and leaves may be dropped off at the site. If any other waste is mixed with the twigs, branches, grass or leaves it will not be accepted. No tree stumps are allowed. No plastic bags or boxes will be allowed! The City will conduct cleanup of downed branches after major storms, as needed.

Twigs, Branches and Grass will also be accepted at the Plymouth County Landfill: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Christmas Tree Drop-Off

The City of Le Mars Public Works Department does not pick up live Christmas Trees curbside. However, beginning December 31st through January 10th they may be DROPPED OFF at the Public Works Department at 331 1st Street NE. Remove all lights, plastic covers, tinsel, stands and garland.

Solid Waste and Recycling

RECYCLING IS MANDATORY FOR ALL “RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS”
PLEASE CONTACT CITY HALL (546-7018) IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A BLUE RECYCLE TOTE.

Examples of “Recyclable Items” is displayed below and in the front of City Hall.

Recyclables

Click here for a list of what can be recycled

Note:

  • TRASH / RECYCLING PICK UP IS EVERY OTHER WEEK
  • SEE PICKUP SCHEDULE BELOW AS TO WHICH COLOR TOTE WILL BE PICKED UP EACH WEEK
  • MAGNETS WITH EACH YEARS SCHEDULE ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FRONT DESK OF CITY HALL
  • RESIDENTS SHOULD NOTICE A DECREASE IN HOUSEHOLD TRASH AS RECYCLING INCREASES
  • DO NOT PLACE REGULAR HOUSEHOLD TRASH IN BLUE RECYCLING TOTES!
  • ADDITIONAL ‘RESIDENTIAL TRASH AND RECYCLING” MAY BE PICKED UP FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF $7.00 BY CONTACTING VAN’S SANITATION – THIS WILL BE INCLUDED ON YOUR CITY MONTHLY BILLING STATEMENT

City of Le Mars 712-546-7018 Van's Sanitation 712-548-4644
January 1-2 Trash July 30-3 Trash
7-10 Recycle 7-10 Recycle
13-16 Trash 14-17 Trash
  20-23 Recycle   21-24 Recycle
27-30 Trash 28-31 Trash
February 3-6 Recycle August 4-7 Recycle
10-13 Trash 11-14 Trash
17-20 Recycle 18-21 Recycle
24-27 Trash 25-28 Trash
March 3-6 Recycle September 2-5 Recycle
10-13 Trash 8-11 Trash
17-20 Recycle 15-18 Recycle
  24-27 Trash   22-25 Trash
April 1-3 Recycle October 29-2 Recycle
  7-10 Trash   6-9 Trash
  14-17 Recycle   13-16 Recycle
  21-24 Trash   20-23 Trash
  28-1 Recycle   27-30 Recycle
May 5-8 Trash November 3-6 Trash
  12-15 Recycle   10-13 Recycle
  19-22 Trash   17-21 Trash
26-29 Recycle 24-28 Recycle
June 2-5 Trash December 1-4 Trash
  9-12 Recycle   8-11 Recycle
  16-19 Trash   15-18 Trash
23-26 Recycle 23-26 Recycle
 

The City of Le Mars contracts the hauling and disposal of “Residential Solid Waste Materials” in accordance with the Code of Iowa Chapter 455 and the 28E Agreement with Plymouth County.

  • City has one (1) contracted Residential Hauler, which is Van’s Sanitation.
  • City has four (4) Licensed Commercial Haulers which are:
      Van’s Sanitation   712-548-4644
      Orange City Sanitation  712-737-2645
      Waste Management   712-252-1929
      Gill Hauling, Inc.   402-632-9273  

Solid Waste Collection Fees

  • Fees for residential solid waste services are included on your City monthly billing statement.
  • Fees for “additional residential trash pick-up” will be added on your City monthly billing statement.
  • Recycling collection services are offered at no additional fee.
  • Yard waste collection services are provided at an additional cost through Van’s Sanitation at 548-4644 or may be brought to a drop off site at Riverview Ball Complex off Hwy 3 West every Saturday April 1 to November 30
  • Any changes to the collection plan will be announced to the public.

Solid Waste Containers

All residential customers are issued a City provided “Household Waste Container” available in two (2) sizes - 35 Gallon or 95 Gallon.  Blue Recycling containers are available in 95 Gallons.  Please contact City Hall if you need a household waste container or a blue recycling container.  All waste containers shall remain with the residence and are numbered specifically to that address.  If you are relocating please leave all waste containers at the residence, with the exception of green yard waste containers, which belong to Van’s Sanitation.   

FAQs

Household Waste

Q.

How do I obtain a Household Waste Container?

A.

Household waste containers are provided by the City of Le Mars and are issued to each residence within City Limits.  Contact City Hall if you do not have a container.

 

Q.

How many Household Waste Containers can a residence have?

A.

There is no limit to the number of Household Waste Containers one residence can have; however, a fee for each container will be charged on your City Utility Bill. 

 

Q.

How do I have additional residential trash or recycling picked up (i.e. due to a holiday or special event)?

A.

You may schedule an additional residential trash or recycling pick-up by contacting Van’s Sanitation at 548-4644. A charge of $7.00 will be included on your City monthly billing statement for this service. There is also a recycling dumpster located north of the Fire Station for your convenience.

 

Q.

What day of the week is my household solid waste picked up?

A.

 

Weekly household solid waste pick up service is provided as follows:
Monday - Upper West Side. Railroad north to City limits. 12th Avenue S.W. north and east to Municipal Golf Course.
Tuesday - Upper East Side. 6th Street S.W./Park Court north to Railroad Tracks. Central Avenue east to 14th Avenue.
Wednesday - Lower East Side. 6th Street S.W./Park Court south to 17th Street. Central Avenue east to 145h Avenue.
Thursday - Lower West Side. 18th Street north to Railroad. Central avenue west to Railroad.

 

Q.

What time of day will my solid waste be picked up?

A.

Collection starts at 5:00 AM; Solid waste should be set out the night before. Pickup can be as late as 7:00 PM. Containers are to be removed by residents from streets or alleys no later than 24 hours after collection.

 

Q.

Must I pay for solid waste services while a unit is unoccupied?

A.

Yes. All residential units are charged for solid waste services unless all utility services are terminated and the meter is removed. Individuals with special circumstances may petition the Utility Board in writing to have certain charges waived.

 

Q.

What about holidays?

A.

There will be no collection on a designated holiday. All collections will be moved back one day following the holiday. (If the holiday falls on a Monday, normal Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday, and Thursday collection will occur on Friday.) Normal pick up will resume the following Monday.

 

Q.

How can I dispose of appliances and larger items?

A.

Appliances and larger items can be taken to the Plymouth County Landfill during regular operating hours for a fee, which will be charged on your City Utility Bill.  (some items may require a $10.00 per item demanufacturing charge).  Items included are air conditioners, microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, fluorescent lights, hot water heaters, furnaces, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, ranges, ovens, trash compactors and other cooling units.

 

Q.

Does the City offer a Spring and/or Fall Cleanup?

A.

Yes. The City declares an amnesty from the Landfill Disposal Cost, therefore, up to 1,000 pounds per household of “throw away” material delivered to the Landfill will be paid by the City of Le Mars and not billed to the household.  The City will not be picking up the items at curb side; therefore, do not place items in front of your house at the curb side.  Only residential properties can participate, not commercial or industrial.  Each Residential Household must make their own arrangements for hauling waste to the Plymouth County Landfill during this Amnesty period.  They can do the hauling themselves or use friends, neighbors or any hauling firm of their choosing. 

 

Q.

How do I dispose of Hazardous Waste Materials?

A.

This includes but is not limited to paints and thinners, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, batteries, fertilizer, fuels and oils.  Please call the Plymouth County Landfill (546-6071) to make an appointment (dates to be announced).

 

Q.

How do I dispose of tires?

A.

Tires must be individually hauled to the Plymouth County Landfill site at the residential household’s expense.

 

Recycling

 

Q.

Does the City have a Recycling Program?

A.

Yes. The City of Le Mars has a mandatory recycling program for “residential customers” located within City Limits (this does not include businesses or apartments.)

 

Q.

What do I place my recyclable materials in?

A.

Residential Households must place recyclable materials in a 95-gallon Blue Recycling Tote issued by the City and/or Blue Recycling Bag. 

 

Q.

How do I obtain a Blue Recycle Tote and/or Blue Recycle Bags?

A.

95-Gallon Blue Recycling Totes can be obtained free of charge by contacting City Hall.  Your name and address will be placed on a list and a tote will be delivered to your residence when time allows.  Blue Recycling Bags may be purchased and are available at City Hall, Hy Vee and Fareway.

 

Q.

How many Blue Recycle Totes can a residence have?

A.

There is no limit to the number of Blue Recycle Totes a residence can have.

 

Q.

Can I use a Blue Recycle Tote and the Blue Recycle Bags?

A.

Yes.  A combination of both is allowed; however, it is not necessary to place materials in a Blue Bag in the Blue Tote.  Blue Bags can simply be placed next to the Blue Tote.

 

Q.

When are recycling materials picked up?

A.

Recycling pick up service is provided every other week opposite the household trash pickup (see schedule below - magnets are available at City Hall for your convenience). Place recycling tote/bag in the same location you place the household trash tote on the same day your regular household trash is picked up every other week.

 

Q.

How can Rural Households Recycle?

A.

Businesses and Rural Households can place recyclable materials in Recycling Dumpsters at the following locations:

Rural Households can place recyclable materials in Recycling Dumpsters at the following locations:

  • Le Mars - Plymouth County Civil Defense Building and/or Parking Lot behind Fire Station No. 1
  • Brunsville – SE of Elevator
  • Craig – NW of Town Hall
  • Kingsley – Between Hardware and Grocery Store
  • Oyens – West of Post Office
  • Merrill – West of Fire Station
  • Struble – Maintenance Shed
  • Westfield – West of Post Office

 

Q.

What materials CAN be recycled?

A.

You will be amazed at everything that is recyclable!  Look for the recycle symbol.
Glass - rinsed, unbroken, remove the lids, food jars, beverage bottles; clear glass is the most valuable; amber glass is acceptable; metal lids can be included.
Paper - dry & clean newspapers, computer paper, magazines, mixed paper, junk mail, wrapping paper at Christmas.
Tin Cans - empty, rinsed, caps, lids, & foil, food and beverage cans, hair spray cans, food spray in a can (PAM); label left on is OK.
Plastics - rinsed, lids removed, clear and colored plastics with #1,2,3,4,5, 6 & 7 stamped on bottom, milk and soap jugs, food, beverage, and household cleaning bottles, plastic bags, potato chip bags, individual cheese wrappers.
Cardboards - tissue boxes, cereal, shoe and beverage boxes, food boxes without food stains, as in hamburger helper box, cake box, pizza box, laundry soap box.

Styrofoam

 

Ø  Materials do not need to be separated and a plastic bag is not required when using the Blue Recycle Tote.

Ø  There is no need to remove labels or bands from cans and bottles.

Ø  Clean only enough to prevent odors.

 

 

Q.

What materials CANNOT be recycled?

A.

Do not recycle containers with traces of hazardous materials. Do not recycle dirty or food stained paper.  These items should be put out with your regular trash.

 

Yard Waste

 

State law requires yard waste be collected separately from other waste materials and cannot be disposed of in a landfill. 

 

Q.

Who do I contact for residential yard waste collection?

A.

Residential yard waste collection can be contracted separately through Van’s Sanitation at:

Van’s Sanitation

1625 Industrial Road SW

Le Mars, IA  51031

(712) 548-4644

vanssan@frontiernet.net

 

Q.

Does the City provide a place to dispose of yard waste?

A.

Yes.  The City of Le Mars offers a yard waste drop off site at no additional charge located at the Riverview Ball Complex off Hwy 3 West.  Site is open every Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. April 1 through November 30.  No plastic bags allowed.  Trees, brush and yard waste must be separated and piled in the proper area of the drop off site.

 

Q.

Where can I dispose of yard waste if I do not contract with Van’s or cannot take it to the Riverview Complex on Saturday?

A.

You can take yard waste to the Plymouth County Landfill during regular operating hours for a fee that will be charged on your City Utility Bill.

 

Q.

How can I obtain a license if I operate a Yard Waste Business?

A.

If you operate a Commercial Yard Waste Business you can utilize the Riverview Ball Complex drop off site by obtaining an annual yard waste license at City Hall.  A license fee is set annually by the City Council.  The site can be utilized the entire calendar year with license renewal January 1 each year.

 

 

Trash pickup

Trash / recycling will be picked up one (1) day later than your usual pickup day on the following holidays

  • News Years
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Questions about solid waste hauling and disposal contact:

Van’s Sanitation
1625 Industrial Road SW
Le Mars, IA  51031
(712) 548-4644
vansanitation@premieronline.net

Questions about solid waste billing contact:

City Hall
40 Central Avenue SE
Le Mars, IA  51031
(712) 546-7018 or 548-4958
akneip@lemarsiowa.com  

Questions about Plymouth County Landfill contact:

Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency (Landfill)
34898 150th Street
Le Mars, IA 51031
(712) 546-6071
landfill@lemarscomm.net

Plymouth County Landfill hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 – 4:00 PM
1st and 3rd Saturday
8:00 – 12:00 Noon
Closed Labor Day and July 4th