Garbage and Recycling

Holiday Garbage and Recycling Schedule

The holiday schedule is as follows:

  • New Year’s – If either December 31 or January 1 falls on a Monday, then service will be delayed
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Service will be delayed
  • President’s Day – Service will be delayed
  • Memorial Day – Service will be delayed
  • Independence Day – If this falls on a Monday, service will be delayed
  • Labor Day – Service will be delayed
  • Veteran’s Day – If this falls on a Monday, service will be delayed
  • Christmas – If either December 24th or 25th falls on a Monday, then service will be delayed


The City of Eldon has its own garbage truck to provide curbside residential garbage and recycling pick up.  Household garbage must be placed by the curb and be in appropriate sized containers in order to be picked up.

Trash guidelines:

  • Everyone is eligible to put out for garbage pickup each week, two(2) – 32 gallon or smaller bags or cans, not to exceed a 40 pound weight limit for any can or bag.
  • Each additional can or bag (anything over two [2]) must have the “Eldon Tag” attached to it. The Eldon Tag may be purchased at City Hall at a cost of $1.00 per tag. Place the label on the handle of the can or bag.  Do Not use the labels as bag ties.


This convenient recycling opportunity will help each of us recycle more materials, reduce the amount of trash we throw away, and help the environment – all at the same time.

Recycling collection service will be the same day as garbage collection. Place all your clean acceptable recyclables together in the green recycling bin. Rinse plastic bottles and jugs, as well as aluminum and metal cans. Place the following items in the bin together:

Acceptable Items

  • Any plastic container that has a neck
  • Newspapers (also including inserts)
  • Mixed paper – Junk mail, envelopes, sticky notes, coloring books, phone books, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, magazines, etc.
  • Cardboard – must be broken down
  • Tin and aluminum cans
  • Shredded paper – needs to be contained in a paper product such as a cereal or cardboard box, or a paper sack
  • Glass jars and bottles of all colors
  • Wire hangers
  • Empty aerosol cans

Contact the Recycling Center for more information about green bin recycling.

  • Wapello Recycling Center (641)-683-0685

Unacceptable Items

  • Plastic margarine and yogurt containers
  • Food contaminated items
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic food containers
  • Foil and disposable baking tins
  • Garbage or yard debris
  • Containers with motor oils or other hazardous materials

Contact the Recycling Center for more information about items that can only be dropped off at the Recycling Center and about Household Hazardous Materials disposal.

  • Wapello Recycling Center (641) 683-0685

Important Environmental Numbers:

  • Wapello Recycling Center (641) 683-0685
  • Wapello County Solid Waste Coordinator (641) 683-0694
  • Wapello County Landfill (641) 683-0644
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources 1-800-DNR-1025
  • Federal Environmental Protection Agency 1-913-551-7058


Jerry Lee Potts

Phone: 641-799-9335

City Clerk

Carrie Teninty

Phone: 641-652-7510


Contact Us

Eldon City Hall

421 W. Elm St.

Eldon IA 52554

phone: 641-652-7510