Council Bluffs Unveils Recycling and Waste Guidelines

The Council Bluffs 2014 Recycling and Solid Waste Guides are in the mail and on the way to residents using Council Bluffs City waste services.

“Along with all the normal recycling and solid waste details, there’s also some new information in this year’s book concerning some of our programs,” said Council Bluffs Recycling Center Education Coordinator Shannon Meister. Those changes begin April 1, Meister stated.

Yard Waste and Mulch
The beginning of yard waste season is always a hot topic. It begins on April 1 and continues through November 29, 2014. During this time, residents can place unlimited yard waste on their curbs as long as it meets specifications, which can be found in the solid waste guide or on the website at

While there are no changes to yard waste season, there are some new regulations on mulch sold from the Recycling Center. Effective February 4, 2014, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship established a quarantine on the entire state of Iowa to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB). All mulch (landscape and lumber) products produced by the CBRC are not available for transport outside the quarantined area. In other words, CBRC mulch cannot be transported from Iowa to Nebraska.

NEW Asphalt Shingle Recycling
The other big change is new asphalt shingle recycling program and pricing. Clean, separated asphalt shingles will now be accepted for $40 per ton if the customer identifies the point or origin and signs and agreement with the CBRC. Call for more details on how to receive this special pricing.

Acceptable Lumber
The CBRC will now only accept clean, unpainted and untreated lumber with no roofing, spikes or drywall at its lumber pricing. All other lumber will be priced as construction and demolition debris.

Tire Pricing
Tires are now $0.08 per pound if the customer stacks them or $0.16 per pound if CBRC staff stack them.

“The Council Bluffs Recycling Center, in keeping with its goal of continuous program improvement, has made these changes for the betterment of solid waste services in the metro area. We appreciate the public’s continued support and business,” stated Tony Fiala, Solid Waste Management Supervisor.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Council Bluffs Recycling Center at (712) 328-4985 or

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