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Refuse & Recycling
The City of Fairfield has contracted Waste Management to provide curbside residential trash 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 allowed to place out for garbage pickup each week two (2) 33 gallon or smaller bags or cans, not to exceed 40 pound weight limit to any can or bag.
  • Each additional can or bag (anything over two [2]) must have the "Jefferson County Waste Reduction Tag" attached to it.  Place label on handle of can or on bag.  Do Not use the labels as bag ties.

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

How does it work?

  • Place all your clean acceptable recyclables together in this cart including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, cardboard, and chipboard.  Rinse clean plastic bottles and jugs along with aluminum and metal cans.  Mix paper and containers together.
  • Recycling collection service will be every other week.  The new 96 gallon cart stores a high volume of material, therefore, the recycling truck will only need to service your neighborhood every other week.  Each one of us will be able to recycle 2,496 gallons of recycling annually.
  • Please keep the recycling cart three (3) feet away from your trash bags, cans and other objects like mailboxes and cars, trees and signs.
  • Your every other week recycling collection will be on the same day as trash collection.  Carts will have collection calendar on lid as a reminder of your collection week.

Holiday Schedule
The holiday schedule is as follows:

Memorial Day collection: All routes will be one (1) day behind

Independence Day collection: Thursday - Friday routes will be one (1) day behind

Labor Day collection: All routes will be one (1) day behind

Thanksgiving Day collection: Thursday and Friday routes will be one (1) day behind

Christmas Day collection: Wednesday - Friday routes will be delayed one (1) day

New Years Day collection: Wednesday - Friday routes will be delayed one (1) day

Yard Waste
Yard & garden waste, such as grass clippings and leaves (no brush or limbs) must be separated out of the regular trash. Use biodegradable Yard Waste 30 gallon bags only, and place a “refuse only” sticker on each bag to be picked up. These Yard Waste bags should be placed on the curb in front of the residence, but no closer than three (3) feet from the household trash, and they will be picked up on the same day as regular trash pickup. The yard & garden waste is taken to the compost site, not the landfill.

Small amounts of brush will be picked up if bundles in lengths of no more than 36 inches long and no more than 18 inches in diameter. Individual limbs must be no more than 4 inches in diameter and all bundles are limited to no more than 40 pounds.

Burning of yard waste, leaves and brush is allowed during the daylight hours only, in the months of April, October, and November on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays only.  Such burning is allowable only when wind conditions are appropriate and must be contained and supervised at all times.  Burning is not allowed in streets or alleys. Burning of trash and household garbage and scrap building materials is not allowed.

City Hall

118 S. Main St.
Fairfield, IA 52556

Ph: (641) 472-6193
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm