Garbage, Recycling, Yard Waste

Apply for Garbage Service

Please click here to download an application for water, sewer, garbage, and recycling service. New accounts require a $100.00 deposit. Applicants must turn in the application to Adel City Hall or send to For more information, please contact Adel City Hall.

To sign up for automatic withdrawal for your utility bill, please click here to download a form and return to Adel City Hall or email to

When Is Garbage Day?

Garbage pickup is Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, depending on where the residence is located. Please see the map below to determine when your garbage collection will be, or click here to view the map as a PDF. All bins must be out to the curb by 7:00 a.m.

Adel garbage day map


Recycling is collected the same day as your garbage every other week through a single stream recycling program. Recycle bins must be out at the curb by 7:00 a.m. To see the 2017 Recycling Schedule, please click here.

Please click here for more information regarding items that can be recycled.

For more information on any of these items, please call Adel City Hall at (515) 993-4525.

Monthly Garbage & Recycling Rates

Effective September 1, 2015


Garbage $11.82/mo
Recycling $3.88/mo
Total $15.76/mo


Yard Waste

As of 2016, yard waste collection is on Tuesdays.

The City of Adel provides for the collection of yard waste for its citizens. Yard waste is defined as organic material and includes the following items: grass clippings, leaves, trees, tree limbs, bark, branches, and flowers.

Yard waste is collected April through November and must be placed on the curb each Tuesday by 7:00 a.m. during this period.

Yard waste must be placed in brown paper bags. You may purchase bags for this purpose from Baldon Hardware or Fareway. For small amounts of yard waste, you may simply use a brown paper grocery bag, cardboard box, or a trash can clearly marked “Yard Waste.”

Securely bundled brush (no longer than 4 feet and less than 50 pounds) may be placed on the curb for collection. These bundles must be secured with biodegradable material such as twine or cotton string.

During set periods after the New Year, Christmas trees may also be placed on the curb. The trees must be stripped of all decorations and must not be placed in plastic bags.

Appliance Stickers

The following items require the purchase of a $10.00 appliance sticker before you are permitted to dispose of them: Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, stoves, ovens, furnaces, heaters, dishwashers, microwaves, water heaters, humidifiers, computer monitors, and TVs.

TVs with screens larger than 30 inches require the purchase of two stickers.

Stickers may be purchased at Adel City Hall and must be affixed to the item before setting it out on the curb. A separate sticker must be purchased for each item. Please contact City Hall for details.