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Garbage Collection

In an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19, the City of Bettendorf is further adjusting staff schedules to support workplace safety while maintaining essential solid waste collection services.
Effective Monday May 18, the City will begin residential garbage, recycling, bulky waste, and yard waste collection at 6:00 a.m. Be sure to set your solid waste and recycling cans and bulk/yard waste  out the night before at your collection point to avoid missed pickup.



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The City of Bettendorf provides collection on the designated garbage collection day.
Questions about Collection? Click here to view your schedule online.
Residents pay a fee for the size of the cart chosen. The carts are supplied by the city and residents are billed for garbage collection on the sewer bills. If a resident is not on the sewer billing system, a separate bill is sent. Bills are sent quarterly.
What Does the Fee Include?
The fee includes garbage collection and disposal; recycling collection and processing; bulky waste and
e-collection, disposal and processing; and a portion of the cost of yard waste collection and disposal.
These rates are effective beginning on April 1, 2020:
Cart Size Monthly Fee
Quarterly Fee  
32 gallon Twice a month collection - every other week (no longer avail)
$9.91 $29.74  
32 gallon weekly  (no longer available) $14.19 $42.58  
64 gallon weekly**
**Recommended for most families
$18.44 $55.33  
96 gallon weekly $22.72 $68.17  
No cart/sharing option $9.91 $29.74  
**Rates subject to change
garbage carts oct 2017
Extra Bag Fee: $3.00 per bag for those times when all the garbage will not fit into the cart with the lid completely closed.
  • The bag must have a $3.00 sticker on it or it will not be collected.
  • Set the extra bag of trash next to the cart.
  • Bag size - no larger than 32 gallons, no more than 50 pounds.
Garbage Stickers are available at City Hall, City Annex behind the Post Office and local grocery and convenience stores.
HOLIDAY EXTRA BAGS: 2 extra bags of garbage are allowed without stickers during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Nov. 27 - Dec. 2, 2020 and Dec. 26 - Dec. 31, 2020.
Fee for Changing Service Level: There is a $25.00 fee to change the cart service level. This applies to all residents who have had their garbage cart for more than 30 days. Residents moving into a new residence will not be charged the fee to change their cart service level if they exchange it within 30 days.
Residents with Twice a Month Option:
A calendar is mailed every December to residents with this option. Residents may request a calendar by emailing or calling 563-344-4088.
How Do Residents Sign Up for the Service?
New Resident: If a new Bettendorf resident, please call the Public Works Department at 563-344-4088 to choose a cart size for garbage collection. If there is no recycling cart, order one at the same time. There is no charge for a recycling cart.
Moving within Bettendorf: If moving to a different address within Bettendorf, please notify the Public Works Department at 563-344-4088 of the new address. Please leave both recycling and garbage carts at the old address. Public works employees will deliver a garbage and recycling cart to the new address, if needed.
Moving Outside Bettendorf: If moving outside of Bettendorf, please leave both the garbage and recycling cart at the old address. If either cart is missing when moving, the departing resident will be billed for the cost of the replacement(s).
Multi-Family Units and Small Businesses: To begin city garbage collection service, please call the Public Works Department at 563-344-4088 to choose a service level.
Basic Tips for Automated Garbage Collection:
  • Set the cart out by 6:00 a.m. on the designated collection day.
  • Arrows on lid should point toward street.
  • Place cart near the curb, on the curb, or at the edge of the driveway.
  • Garbage must be in the cart with the lid completely closed.
  • For health and sanitary reasons, bag all garbage before putting it into the cart.
  • Leave an arms length of clearance around the cart - do not set the cart directly next to a recycling cart, a vehicle, telephone pole, or mailbox.
  • Eliminate overflow - make sure there is the right size cart on hand.
  • Cart Placement is Key! Where and how to place the cart is key to success. If the cart is obstructed by a vehicle or other object, the collection driver has to get out to the truck to move the cart in order to empty it. This costs time and money. The truck's mechanical arm needs unobstructed access to "reach out" to the cart. So, please remember these three rules:
  1. Park It
  2. Point It
  3. Give It Space
Cart Safety: Please read the weight limits on the lid of the garbage cart. Do not overload the cart. Please do not put heavy rocks, sod, or concrete in the cart. If the cart is too difficult to move, please request help to move it. if the cart is too large to handle, smaller carts are available.
Missed Collection? Any questions regarding a missed collection, please email Operations at or call 563-344-4088.
The City Encourages Recycling! Cardboard boxes need to be recycled. Please flatten and place inside the recycle cart.  Cardboard left outside of the cart will not be collected.
Stolen or Damaged Carts: Residents who suspect their cart has been stolen, please call 344-4088 to receive a new cart. The cart and its contents are the property of the City of Bettendorf. If the cart has been damaged, please email or call 563-344-4088.

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Bettendorf, IA 52722
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