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2018-2019 Solid Waste / Recycling Collection Schedule

The new 2018-2019 Recycling Calandar is available.  It can be found in the File Downloads section on the right hand side of this page.  If you have any questions please contact the Spencer Transfer Station at (712) 580-7270.

Residential Sharps Disposal

Sharps/Syringe disposal containers are available at no cost the residents of Spencer and Rural Clay County. These are available at the Transfer Station at 3101 W 18th St, Monday-Saturday between the hours of 8 A.M. and 5 P.M..

Return full containers to the transfer station for proper disposal. PLEASE DO NOT DISPOSE OF THEM IN YOUR REGULAR GARBAGE. This program is in effect to protect the employees of the solid waste division and the landfill. Please call 712-580-7270 with any questions.


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

Where do I call if I have questions about recycling, garbage, pick-up days or related items?

Questions regarding garbage service call:
City Hall at (712) 580-7200
Transfer Station at (712) 580-7270

Residents are provided a 64 gallon gray cart for normal household waste. Extra garbage must be taken to the transfer station. Residents are provided one 96 gallon blue cart for recycling.

Garbage pick up dates are Monday-North of West 4th Street & West of Grand Avenue;Tuesday-North of East 4th Street & East of Grand Avenue; Wednesday-South of East & West 4th Street.

Recycling is picked up on Thursday, alternating between East of Grand Avenue and West of Grand Avenue. See Schedule.

What days will they pick up grass, leaves, brush, and tires?

City wide: Friday

Please call 580-7270 to schedule pickup.

How about yard waste?

Grass and Leaves: These require a $.75 sticker on each bag to be picked up. Place sticker in a visible spot for driver to see.

Brush: Must be bundled no larger than 2' around and cut In 4' lengths. Each bundle requires a $.75 sticker on it to be picked up.

Stickers can be purchased at City Hall, Hy-Vee, or Spencer Municipal Utilities for $.75 each.

Where can I haul yard waste myself?

Yard waste may be taken to the grass and leaf site located north of West 18th Street at 18th Avenue West. This site is only for yard waste generated in the city of Spencer.

What do I do with appliances?

(Ovens, stoves, ranges, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, furnaces, air conditioners, hot water heaters, freezers, microwaves, ice machines, dehumidifiers and refrigerators)

Call (712) 580-7270 to get on the pick-up list. EACH WHITE GOOD REQUIRES A $20 STICKER.

White goods delivered to the transfer station require a $15.00 fee at the gate.

Where can I purchase stickers for white goods to be picked up?

Stickers can be purchased at City Hall for $20.00 each. You must call to schedule a pickup date.

What is E-waste?

Basically anything that runs on electricity or batteries, blenders, hair dryers, etc.

What do I do with E-waste?

E-waste may be taken to the transfer station, call 580-7270 if you have questions.

Fees for the disposal of E-waste are:
$10.00  Computer Monitor
$  3.00  Misc. E-Waste
$  5.00  Printers
$  5.00  Computer Tower

Fees for Televisions are based on the size of TV and are:
$10.00  TV's up to 13"
$15.00  TV's 14" - 26"
$20.00  TV's 27"+
$10.00  Any Flat Screen TV

* Size is measured diagonally acrosee the screen.

What do I do with furniture?

Stuffed chairs, couches, mattresses, and TVs require a $12.00 sticker for curbside pickup. Call (712) 580-7270 to get on the pick up list. $12.00 stickers may be purchased at City Hall.

Stuffed chairs, couches, mattresses delivered to the transfer station require $7.00 fee at the gate.

Rate reduction consideration

Effective July 1, 1992, low to moderate income families may apply in November at City Hall for a rate reduction consideration. If you qualify, the reduction would be rebated In December of each year.

Where is the Transfer Station Located?

3101 West 18th Street, Spencer, Iowa

What are the hours of the Transfer Station?

Monday through Saturday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

When do I set out my garbage and recycling?

City Ord. 4-5-6A: "No Permanent Solid Waste Container Shall Be Kept or Maintained in a Front Yard Except For Collection -- Residential Solid Waste Receptacles or Containers Shall NOT Be Placed at the Curb More Than 12 Hours Before the Scheduled Time of Collection and Shall Be Removed from the Curb Area Within 8 Hours After Collection." View City Code.

Garbage pick up dates are:
Monday: North of West 4th Street & West of Grand Avenue
Tuesday: North of East 4th Street & East of Grand Avenue
Wednesday: South of East & West 4th Street

Recycling is picked up on Thursday, alternating between East of Grand Avenue and West of Grand Avenue. See Schedule.

Can I drop off garbage at the Transfer Station?

Yes, if you are a resident of the City of Spencer or rural Clay County.  For those residents that live in other incorporated cities within Clay County, your waste must go to the Landfill in Sheldon.

What about medical wastes?

Medical wastes are NOT recyclable and should not be disposed of in garbage, either. This includes infectious wastes, needles, syringes, scalpels, urine sample bottles, donated blood bottles & needles. Free sharps containers may be obtained from the Transfer Station by Spencer residents. These are for our worker's safety.

What do I do with carpet?

Carpet can be brought out to the Transfer Station for a fee.  Carpet should be in rolled sections no longer than 6' in length. 

What about tires, batteries, oil and paint?

Tires Delivered to Transfer Station:
$5.00 Per Car Tire
$8.00 Per Small Truck/17.5-19.5" Tire
$12.00 Per Large Truck Tire
$12.00 Per Implement Tire
$40.00 Per ExLarge Tires
$5.00 Extra charge for tires with rims.

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

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

Empty LATEX 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.  OIL BASED paint is considered hazardous waste and may be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.