Garbage Collection

The City of Bettendorf collects residential garbage using fully-automated collection vehicles. This program allows the city to provide more efficient service and reduce overall collection costs. In order for the program to work effectively, the city needs the cooperation of every household. Please follow the guidelines below to ensure that your garbage collection goes smoothly. 

Guidelines 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 (3) rules:
  • Park It
  • Point It
  • 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 Public Works 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: The cart and its contents are the property of the City of Bettendorf. If your cart is stolen or damaged, please email or call (563) 344-4088.