Used with permission from City of Clear Lake.

There is one option for city residents: curb-side pickup.

Curb-Side Pickup:

Recycling collection is provided each week on the same day as garbage pickup.  Place recyclable items curbside by 7 a.m.

Absolute Waste Removal observes the following holidays only:  New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This will result in a one day delay of your garbage or recycling pickup.

Residents are asked to place recyclables for curb side collection in a cardboard box or plastic tote/container for collection.  When placing your recyclables in the container, please place aluminum, tin, plastic, and glass at the bottom and cardboard/paper on top.

You can find the full brochure HERE!


Clear glass food and beverage containers can be recycled. Residents need to remove any caps or rings from these containers and then rinse the container clean before it can be recycled. Labels do not have to be removed.

Glass That Cannot Be Recycled

Dishes, ceramics, ovenware, windows, and mirrors cannot be recycled.

Tin and Aluminum Cans

Metal food and beverage cans, and empty aerosol cans are recyclable. Residents need to remove any paper labels from these containers and then rinse the container clean before it can be recycled.

Cans That Cannot Be Recycled

Paint cans, or any metal cans that have contained petroleum products cannot be recycled.

Plastic Containers

Plastic containers which have any code # (1-7) inside three arrows on the bottom of the container are recyclable. Containers must have a neck (be in the shape of a bottle or jug). Typically, these include natural and colored plastic containers such as milk, water, orange juice, liquid detergent, bleach and shampoo bottles. Remove caps and rings and discard those in trash. Rinse container prior to recycling.

Plastic Containers That Cannot Be Recycled

Oil and antifreeze containers, ice cream containers, margarine tubs, plastic bags and Styrofoam.

Newspapers and Phone Books

Clean, dry newspaper with inserts and phone books are recyclable.


Glossy, glue back or stapled bound magazines are recyclable.

Corrugated Cardboard and Paperboard

Paperboard is gray in appearance and is used as a food container, such as cereal, cracker, and cake mix boxes. This type of material, along with corrugated cardboard, is recyclable.

Electronic Waste Items

The following electronic waste items must be hauled separately, require additional stickers and a phone call to Absolute Waste Removal is required for pickup: computer monitor, copier, and TV (25 inches or under, larger TVs are too heavy for one person to lift).

The following electronic waste items require additional stickers and a phone call is required for pickup: printer and fax machine.

The following electronic waste items are also, in part, recyclable and may be hauled to the landfill by residents at no cost. If placed in the trash cans or bags, they will be disposed of with regular trash. Stickers are required ONLY if you exceed the maximum of two 32-gallon cans or bags: computer processor (tower), keyboard and mouse, radio, VCR, DVD player, stereo equipment, telephone, and cell phone.

Recycling FAQs

How Are the Recyclable Materials to Be Separated?

Residents need to place clear glass containers, tin and aluminum containers, and plastic containers in a cardboard box or plastic tote/container for collection . Newspapers, phone books, magazines, corrugated cardboard, and paperboard need to be placed in separate bundles: (1) newspapers and phone books combined in one bundle, (2) magazines in another bundle, and (3) corrugated cardboard and paperboard combined in another bundle (flattening corrugated cardboard and paperboard boxes will aid in bundling them together). Flattened cardboard and paperboard may also be placed in a medium size box with flaps. When box is full of flattened cardboard, fold flaps over the top.

What Do I Do on Rainy Collection Days?

Because our recycler will not accept wet paper recyclables, wait until collection day to set out for collection.

When and Where Are the Recyclables to Be Placed for Recycling?

Absolute Waste Removal will provide recycling material collection twice each month, on the days specified on the map shown above. Residents need to place their recyclable items at the curbside by 7:00 a.m.

Yard Waste Site – Compost Facility

Residents are reminded that the burning of leaves and grass clippings is prohibited within the city limits. Between April 1st and November 20th, the City of Clear Lake provides curbside leaf and grass clipping collection within the city limits for its residential customers. Absolute Waste Removal will collect leaves and grass clippings in biodegradable bags or in an open garbage container on your regular garbage collection day. Absolute Waste Removal will initially pick up your garbage AND then return later the same day to pick up leaf and grass clippings. Be sure to have all of the above at your curb by 7 a.m. that morning.

Alternatively, you may haul your leaves and grass clippings to the City’s yard waste collection site located at 1419 2nd Avenue South. The ANTICIPATED Yard Waste hours will be Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Weather Permitting.

Please contact City Hall at 641-357-5267 or Absolute Waste Removal at 641-357-4517 with questions. As always, your anticipated cooperation in keeping Clear Lake an attractive community is most appreciated.

Landfill of North Iowa

Used with permission from Landfill of North Iowa.

The Landfill of North Iowa is an integrated Solid Waste Management Facility. “We’re more than just a place to take your trash!” We are a publicly owned sanitary landfill that serves over 80,000 people in North Central Iowa. Services include the Education Center, Compost, Woodwaste, Hazardous Waste disposal, tire recycling, appliance recycling, and disposal of residential and commercial garbage.

The Landfill of North Iowa is a publicly owned sanitary landfill for solid waste located 1/2 mile south of County Road B-35 between Mason City and Clear Lake.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday, 8:00am – 12:00pm
$25.00 penalty for untarped loads.

Contact Info:
Landfill of North Iowa
15942 Kildeer Ave.
Clear Lake, IA 50428
1-877-LANDFIL (877-526-3345) or 641-357-5452
Fax: 641-357-3283