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NOTICE-GRASS & LEAF PICK UP DAY

Tagged Bags of Grass and Leaves Will Be Picked Up On Fridays of Each Week From Now On. Residents Will Need Call Into The Transfer Station To Be Picked Up - Prior To Each Friday.

Phone 580-7270

Can I put recyclables in a plastic bag in the curbside container?

No-Recyclables must be recycled individually.

Is Styrofoam recyclable?

No. Even though some Styrofoam has a recycling symbol on it along with a 'number' (example, 7PS) Styrofoam is not recyclable. This also applies to Styrofoam 'peanuts' often found inside packaging.

What about fluorescent light bulbs?

Please do NOT include fluorescent light bulbs with your regular weekly recycling. Instead, The Household Collection Center at the Transfer Station accepts these unbroken fluorescent tubes/bulb/lamps during office hours at 3101 W 18th Street.. Office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F, Phone: (712) 580-7277.

These are then recycled through a special process.

Can an engine oil bottle be recycled?

Yes, if throughly drained.

Can a pizza box be recycled?

Yes, if the box isn't overly soiled with grease.

Can I recycle glass?

Glass is not to be included in your weekly recycling. Colored and clear glass can be taken to the transfer station.

What do I do with an oven, stove, range, dishwasher, clothes washer or dryer, furnace, air conditioner, hot water heater, freezer, microwave, refrigerator, ice machine, and dehumidifier?

Call 580-7270 to get on the pickup list. Note: Each of the above items requires a $20 sticker for curbside pickup. $20 stickers may be purchased at City Hall.

These items may be delivered to the Transfer Station (located at 3101 W. 18th St.), where they are recycled. White goods delivered to the Transfer Station require a $15 fee at the gate.

What do I do with furniture I no longer want?

Stuffed chairs/couches/mattresses & TVs require a $12 sticker for curbside pickup. Call 580-7270 to get on the pickup list. $12 stickers may be purchased at City Hall.

You may deliver stuffed chairs/couches/mattresses & TVs to the Transfer Station (located at 3101 W. 18th St.) Those delivered items require a $7 fee at the gate.

What about tires, oil, batteries and paint?

Tires Delivered to Transfer Station:
$2.00 Per Car Tire
$5.00 Per Small Truck/17.5-19.5" Tire
$9.00 Per Large Truck Tire
$35.00 Per ExLarge Tires
$2.00 Extra charge for tires with rims.
Stop at the Transfer Station Office to pay for these items.

The following places will accept the appropriate items during the hours listed:

Dyno Oil
216 E Milwaukee, (712) 262-2921
Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Oil , No Filters, No Batteries

H & N
713 Grand Ave, (712) 262-3230
Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat- 8:00-Noon
Oil, Oil Filters, No Batteries

VanderHaags
3809 4th Ave W, (712) 262-7000
Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am-Noon
Oil, No Batteries, No Oil Filters

City of Spencer
401 10th Ave SE
Mon-Fri 8:00 am -5:00 pm
Oil and Oil Filters Only, No Batteries

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center at the Transfer Station
3101 West 18th Street
Call for appointment - 580-7270 or 580-7277
Oil, Oil Filters and Batteries

Paint:
Empty paint cans may be disposed of with regular garbage as long as the lid is removed and the paint has been allowed to dry out.

What day is recycling picked up at my house?

Click here for a pick up information.

What day is garbage picked up at my house?

Click here for pick up schedule.

Questions on Computers and Electronic Equipment?

Such as faxes, monitors, towers, keyboards, computer mouse, and printers should be taken to the transfer station. There is a fee for monitors.

Questions on Paper Shredding, Document Storage & Document Scanning?

Info Dog Security:
411 11th St. S.W., Suite C
Spencer, IA 51301
712-580-4840
8:30 am - 5 pm Monday-Friday

What to do with some unused paints?

Spencer Community Theater, Costume Shop, 518 1st Ave East, 262-5765, Does Accept Some Paint. Tues & Thursday 11am-6pm

What to do with used books?

Spencer Rotary Accepts Used Books For Their Yearly Book Sale. Books Can Be Dropped Off at Spencer Municipal Utilities, 520 2nd Avenue East.

Goodwill Industries, 1108 4th Ave S.W., Accepts Used Books and Magazines.

What to do with used clothing, shoes, boots, hats, scarves, etc?

Items should be clean and usable:

Many Hands Market, 1019 South Grand, 580-4563 (Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9 am-5pm)

Dream Center 605 Grand,  clothing, religious books only  call for hours: 580-4732

Spencer Community Theater, Costume Shop, 518 1st Ave East, 262-5765, Accepts Used Clothing, Costumes, Shoes, Dress Boots, Hats, Scarves, Caps, and Jewelry - (Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am-6pm)

Goodwill Industries, 1108 4th Ave S.W., 264-1175, Accepts Used Clothing, Shoes, Boots, Hats, Caps, Scarves, Jewelry, Small Household Appliances, Books, Magazines, Used Furniture, Newer Style Baby Cribs, Some Car Seats, Mattresses, Knickknacks, Pots, Pans and Glassware. - (9am -9pm M-Sat) (10am-6pm Sun)

Goodwill Industries Also Accepts Old Computers and Old Cell Phones.

Some Of The Local Churches Accept Used Clothing.