ResidentsGarbage & Recycling

Garbage & Recycling

General Information

Residential garbage is picked up as follows: Monday-North of W 4th Street and West of Grand Avenue, Tuesday-North of East 4th Street and East of Grand Avenue, Wednesday South of east and west 4th Streets.

Transfer Station Hours and Location

The TRANSFER STATION Located at 3101 West 18th Street

“YEAR ROUND” Hours Of Operation Will Be As Follows, Effective December 1, 2020:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday.


All Commercial Businesses and Contractors are Required to STOP at the Front Office and Pay for Garbage or Construction Materials Brought to the Transfer Station.

There is a Charge for ALL Construction Materials Brought to the Transfer Station by Residents, Commercial Businesses and Contractors.

Effective January 1, 2008, the solid waste transfer station will charge a $10.00 fee for any untarped or unsecured load that enters the facility. This applies to all vehicles that intend to dump at the facility including household garbage and loose bags of garbage. This charge will be in addition to any charges for dumping.
It will be at the discretion of the transfer station attendant to determine whether a load is not secured or not tarped.
Exceptions to the rule: White goods, large pieces of furniture and electronics do not need to be tarped, but must be secured.
Trash cans with lids do not need to be tarped but must have the lid secured in order to keep trash from leaving the container.
This is being put in effect in an effort to help keep our ditches and streets free of debris that may fall or blow out of a vehicle in route to the transfer station.

The City would also like to encourage the use of tarps and or straps to secure loads going to the tree and grass site.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

The Grass/Brush Site Located North of W. 18th Street at 18th Ave. West is Open 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week.


The importance of recycling is growing rapidly as expensive landfills reach capacity and new locations are needed. In addition, we can save money by recycling!

The City of Spencer started recycling in 1990, by handing out clear plastic bags and has progressed to the automated collection system we ahve today. In the early years, recycling involved mostly newspapers and tin cans. Now, the materials which can be recycled have vastly increased. Each day, more and more of what used to be our ‘garbage’ can now be recycled.

The City’s recycling is loaded into semi trailers and taken to a processing facility where it is sorted and sent to various plants to be processed to be used as raw material for the creation of new materials.

The City – along with a larger volunteer task force – is always working on expanding recycling in an effort to greatly reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill.

The goal of the task force follows the philosophy of University of Northern Iowa’s Ron Padavich: “Knowledge and concern drive behavior.” (Padavich is with the University of Northern Iowa’s Strategic Marketing Services which is administering the first ever Iowa Energy Poll.)

2020-21 Recycling Calendar

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Spencer, IA 51301