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The Annual City-Wide Clean-Up program (CWC) is scheduled according to trash route. Mark your calendar so you don't miss your set out date and be sure to abide by the stated rules. Crews will not be sent back for late set outs, excess quantities or unprepared piles.
Monday's route set out date is April 15, 2019
Tuesday's route set out date is April 23, 2019
Wednesday's route set out date is May 1, 2019
Thursday's route set out date is May 9, 2019
Friday's route set out date is May 17, 2019.
Please remember it takes crews 4 or 5 days to finish each route, but items MUST be out before 7AM on the set out date for your route.
Solid Waste crews will pick up bulky items any time of year with Trash Tags attached. There is no need to call ahead, just set the item out with your regular garbage.
Electronics with screens are banned from disposal in the landfill, so you can’t throw them away with your trash. Televisions must go to the Hazchem Center at the Des Moines County Regional Landfill for disposal. The fee for any size TV is $15, cash or check only. As a service to our customers, Burlington Solid Waste crews will pick up TVs by appointment. 5 Trash Tags are required. TVs must be intact for pick up. To get on the schedule for pick up, Send eMail and provide leave your name, address, and telephone number.
Solid Waste crews collect appliances from Burlington Solid Waste customers. Each appliance must have 4 Trash Tags attached. Appliances include freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, water heaters, water softeners, furnaces, dehumidifiers, trash compactors, air conditioners, and many types of space heaters. To get on the list for pick up email wasteRus@burlingtoniowa.org, and provide your name, address, and telephone number. If you want to haul it yourself, you may take appliances to the Area Recyclers at 1818 West Burlington Ave, M-F, 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m., the 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or by appointment. The fee is $10 cash or check. Call the Recyclers at 319-753-8126 for details. If you are interested, Alliant Energy will pay their electric customers up to $50 for working refrigerators, freezers, or air conditioners. To apply call 866-255-4268 or go to Alliant Energy Appliance Recycling
Electronics with screens are banned from disposal in the landfill, so you can’t throw monitors away with your trash. The local Goodwill store accepts computers and accessories including monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, speakers, modems, and so forth even if the item doesn't work. Items are accepted at no charge, and you can get a receipt for tax purposes if you desire. Goodwill of the Heartland is located at 165 West Burlington Avenue. Drop off during regular store hours: 9am-9pm M-F; 9am-6pm Sat; noon-5pm Sunday. Goodwill uses Dell’s recycling program. Alternatively, computers may be taken to the HazChem Center at the Des Moines County Regional Landfill for disposal, for a fee, cash or check only. As a service to our customers, Burlington Solid Waste crews will pick up computer monitors by appointment. 3 Trash Tags are required. Monitors must be intact for pick up. To get on the schedule for pick up, Send eMail and provide leave your name, address, and telephone number.
Household chemicals should be used in the manner for which they were intended, so try giving leftovers to a friend or neighbor if you can't use them. Never discard chemicals on the ground! Most residential-type hazardous chemicals, like cleansers, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, automotive products, and mercury found in thermostats and thermometers are accepted at the HazChem Center near the Des Moines County Regional Landfill. The HazChem Center manages a Swap Shop where you may be able to obtain products at no charge. For your safety, an appointment is always necessary, so call 319-753-8758. or visit HazChem Center
Automotive products like motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, carburetor cleaner and similar products should be taken to the HazChem Center for free disposal in containers no larger than 5 gallons. Speedlube and Advance Auto Parts may accept used motor oil for free but there is a limit to how much they can take each day, so you should call them first. Antifreeze may be poured down the drain with generous amounts of water, but the preferable disposal option would be to take it to the HazChem Center. For your safety, materials are accepted at the HazChem Center by appointment only, so always call first! The number is 319-753-8758.
Local commercial haulers, LaVeine Sanitation (319-753-0405) and Floyd's EZ-Way (319-752-5394), provide seasonal collection of yard waste. Call for details.
Yard waste is also accepted free of charge at Des Moines County Regional Landfill year-round. Material must be loose or in a paper bag. Plastic bags must be emptied by the resident. All loads delivered to the landfill must be secured to prevent litter along the roadway. In most cases, this will require a tarp. Unsecured loads are charged a $10 surcharge. The material is composted and the finished product is available to the public for free. The landfill has a paved drop off site for citizens. The landfill hours of operation are M-F, 8-4 and Sat, 8-noon.
Composting and mulching are other means for dealing with yard waste. Information on backyard composting is available at the Des Moines County Extension Office, the Des Moines County Area Recyclers, Burlington Public Library and on the Internet. A demonstration area is on display at the Area Recyclers, 1818 West Burlington Ave, for public education.
All loads delivered to the landfill must be secured to prevent litter along the road. In most cases, this will require a tarp. Unsecured loads are charged a $10 surcharge. Wood waste must be transported to the landfill separate from all types of waste, including other types of yard waste, so it can be weighed at the scale house.
Because the Emerald Ash Borer has been located in Des Moines County, wood waste mulch is not currently available to the public.
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The City does not locate property lines on private property. Please note: It is the property owner's responsibility to locate property lines and to check your abstract for easements and restrictive covenants. Here are two methods that may help you establish your property lines:
1.Locate the metal "pins" that designate the corners of your property. These "pins" may be iron pipes, iron rods or "T" bars and have a cap on them identifying the licensed surveyor who performed the survey. Sometimes they may be buried and can be located with a metal detector. A plat of your property will indicate the location of each pin (at the property corners) and lists the dimensions of all property lines. The recorded plat should be included in the abstract of your property. The Des Moines County Recorder's Office also has a copy of all recorded plats.
2.The only accurate way to establish or verify your property corners if you cannot find the original survey pins, is to obtain a survey from a licensed land surveyor. Names of licensed surveyors can be found under "surveyors-land" in the Yellow Pages of the phone book. Most licensed surveyors will provide an estimate for the cost of the survey.
Please note that there may be utility and access easements or private covenants that may impact the development of your property that will not be indicated on a survey plat. For information on underground utilities, call Iowa One-Call at 800-292-8989. If you have any questions regarding zoning and setback regulations, please contact the Development Department. Zoning Location.
Nuisance inspections operate on a complaint basis. Residents can call or email a Nuisance Inspector if they have questions or complaints regarding trash, tall grass, weeds, etc. Matt Amenell 319-753-8142 firstname.lastname@example.org Adam Nelson 319-753-8172 email@example.com
You can call the Des Moines County Communication Center at (319) 671-7001.
Residential streets within the Civic City limits are swept two times per year. For more information, please visit Street and Sewer Dept
If you have an emergency, as always, call 911.
Please remember that your trash must always be set out before 7 a.m. of your collection day. To report that your trash was missed, Send eMail, provide your name and address and describe the problem. Before reporting it missed, please make sure the can was not tagged by a member of the Solid Waste crew with a note explaining why it was left (and actually not “missed”). Please note crews report the address, date and time to the office when trash is not out when they are there so the office can document “garbage is not set out”.
TAGs cost $4 and are available at the following stores:Hy-Vee, Fareway, Walgreens, Kempkers True Value, Shopko, Gasland, Casey’s General Stores, Jet Stop South, BS Mini Mart, and S&R One.
Please remember that your trash must be set out before 7:00 a.m. of your collection day. If this is your first time reporting a late set out, you may Send eMail , and provide your name and address and describe the problem. Return trips and back-tracking cost the department time and money. If you’ve reported a late set out before, please accept responsibility and place a trash tag on your “late set out” trash for collection.
Usually trash will be collected on the day following the holiday, then crews will go right into the next day's route. They play catch-up until they are back to normal. Please note however, on those rare occasions where the holiday is on a FRIDAY, both Thursday and Friday's trash will be collected on Thursday.
Solid Waste crews collect tires and lead-acid batteries from Burlington Solid Waste customers. Tires require 2 Trash Tags for the first tire from a residence and 1 for each additional tire. This pertains to tires from motorcycles, cars or pick up trucks. We do not pick up tractor tires. Tires must be clean but they can be on or off the rim. Lead-acid batteries require 2 Trash Tags for collection. To get on the list for pick up, Send eMail and provide your name, address, and telephone number.
Oil-based or lead paint should be taken to the HazChem Center. Call 319-753-8758 for an appointment.
Small quantities of spray paint should be sprayed onto a piece of cardboard until the can is empty. The can and the cardboard can both be thrown into the trash. However, the HazChem Center encourages residents to bring aerosol cans of all types, full or empty, for free disposal. Call 319-753-8758 for an appointment. HazChem Center
Non-rechargeable alkaline and carbon zinc batteries, like those used in toys and flashlights may be thrown away in the trash. Rechargeable nickel cadmium batteries used in kitchen appliances, cordless phones, and power tools can be recycled by taking them to the HazChem Center, Burlington Public Library, Lowes, Standard of Beaverdale or Staples. Button batteries like those used in hearing aids and watches are considered hazardous waste and should be taken to the HazChem Center. For your safety, materials are accepted at the HazChem Center by appointment only, so always call first! The number is 319-753-8758. Lead-acid batteries, like those from a vehicle are collected by Solid Waste crews from Solid Waste customers and require 2 Trash Tags. To get on the list for pick up, Send eMail and provide your name, address, and telephone number. If you prefer, you may take batteries to the Landfill for a nominal fee.
Due to their explosive nature, propane tanks from gas grills, or any type of pressurized tank – even helium tanks used for blowing up party balloons -- may be taken to the Des Moines County Area Recyclers, 1818 West Burlington Ave, for free disposal. They will not be taken with the trash, and they are not accepted at the Haz Chem Center. As a courtesy to Solid Waste customers crews will collect pressurized tanks for delivery to the Area Recyclers. 1 Trash Tags are required. To get on the list for pick up, Send eMail and provide your name, address, and telephone number.
Carpet will be picked up ONLY if it is cut in strips no more than 4' wide and each strip is tightly rolled and tied. Each roll must be tagged with a garbage TAG. You may take carpet directly to the Des Moines County Regional Landfill without cutting it up, but you will have to pay the landfill tipping fee for garbage. There is a minimum of $10.
The Des Moines County Regional Landfill and the HazChem Center are located on Washington Road, northwest of West Burlington and has a paved drop off site for citizens. Hours of operation are M-F, 8-4 and Sat 8-noon. For your safety, an appointment is always necessary at the HazChem Center, so please call first. The number is 319-753-8758. To reach the landfill from the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Street and Roosevelt Avenue, travel West through West Burlington on Mt. Pleasant Street to Washington Road which is ½ mile past Deery Brother's. Turn North on Washington Road and travel 1.3 miles to the landfill. All loads delivered to the landfill must be secured to prevent litter along the road. In most cases, this will require a tarp. Unsecured loads are charged a $10 surcharge. The Des Moines County Regional Landfill telephone number is 319-753-8722. For more information visit