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Solid Waste Superintendent
Kent Herbold
3101 West 18th Street, Spencer, IA 51301
Phone (712) 580-7270

 
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General Information
Have you ever heard the saying "It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it"? We really have to hand it to our workers. Spencer has a crew of dedicated personnel that help to keep our homes and City clean! It is a very big job that gets taken for granted by many of our citizens.

Our Solid Waste Division was formerly known as City Sanitation and was owned and operated by Hank Toebes. It was purchased by the City of Spencer in 1988 and became our Solid Waste Division which is under the direction of Mark White. We have twelve employees that service our city with Kent Herbold as the Solid Waste Superintendent. Our City route drivers pick up approximately 1,000 tons of refuse per month. They also pick up approximately 40 tons of co-mingle recycling materials and 75 tons of cardboard. Another employee drives a semi to Graettinger three to four times daily to haul the accumulated garbage. Our Solid Waste team also includes two part-time employees who take turns attending the Transfer Station office as support staff where they communicate with the truck drivers as needed, collect fees for White Goods (Appliances), Tires and Construction materials and answer any questions they may receive from the public. The department also demanufactures appliances and maintains the city tree disposal site.

Residential garbage is picked up as follows: Monday-North of W 4th Street and West of Grand Avenue, Tuesday-North of East 4th Street and East of Grand Avenue, Wednesday South of east and west 4th Streets. Each route has approximately 650 stops. They begin when most of us are still enjoying a couple more hours of sleep.... at 4:30 A.M.! They also have over 600 commercial accounts and "specials" each month (An example of a "special" would be delivering or unloading a dumpster a citizen may have ordered for a shingling job).

It costs the City approximately $4,000.00 per month to operate and maintain one of our garbage trucks. This does not include the salaries of the drivers! We currently have two residential trucks, two commercial trucks, a cardboard truck semi, two transfer trailers, two roll-off trucks and various other equipment. Two full time mechanics service the vehicles at our Street Division's shop. We appreciate the work all of you do, and commend you for a job well done!

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What day will my recycling be picked up?
Where do I call if I have questions about recycling, garbage, pick-up days or related items?
What days will they pick up grass, leaves, brush, and ties?
How about yard waste?
Where can I haul yard waste myself?
What do I do with appliances?
Where can I purchase stickers for white goods?
What do I do with carpet?
What do I do with furniture?
What about tires, batteries, oil, and paint?
Rate reduction consideration
What about medical wastes?
Where is the Transfer Station Located?
What are the hours of the Transfer Station?
Can I drop off garbage at the Transfer Station?
When do I set out my garbage and recycling?

 

 

Where do I call if I have questions about recycling, garbage, pick-up days or related items?
Questions regarding garbage service call:
City Hall at (712) 580-7200
Transfer Station at (712) 580-7270

Residents are allowed 2 standard solid waste receptacles (cans or bags) not to exceed 40 gallons and 50 pounds. Any additional containers or bags require a $.75 sticker. Stickers can be purchased at City Hall, Hy-Vee and Spencer Municipal Utilities.

Garbage pick up dates are Monday-North of West 4th Street & West of Grand Avenue
Tuesday-North of East 4th Street & East of Grand Avenue
Wednesday-South of East & West 4th Street


What days will they pick up grass, leaves, brush, and tires?
West Side: Thursday
East Side: Friday

How about yard waste?
Grass and Leaves: These require a $.75 sticker on each bag to be picked up. Place sticker in a visible spot for driver to see.

Brush: Must be bundled no larger than 2' around and cut In 4' lengths. Each bundle requires a $.75 sticker on it to be picked up.

Stickers can be purchased at City Hall, Hy-Vee, or Spencer Municipal Utilities for $.75 each.


Where can I haul yard waste myself?
Yard waste may be taken to the grass and leaf site located north of West 18th Street at 18th Avenue West.

What do I do with appliances?
(Ovens, stoves, ranges, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, furnaces, air conditioners, hot water heaters, freezers, microwaves, ice machines, dehumidifiers and refrigerators)

Call (712) 580-7270 to get on the pick-up list. EACH WHITE GOOD REQUIRES A $20 STICKER.

White goods delivered to the transfer station require a $15.00 fee at the gate.


Where can I purchase stickers for white goods?
Stickers can be purchased at City Hall for $20.00 each

What do I do with carpet?
Please call (712) 580-7270 to get on the pick-up list. Carpet can be no longer than 4' in length and bundled so one person can pick up and handle. Curbside carpet pick-up is charged per cubic yard.

What do I do with furniture?
Small pieces of furniture can be put out at the curb on your regular garbage pick-up day. This does not need to be called in. If the item is too large for one person to handle, please call (712) 580-7270 for pick up. There is no extra charge to dispose of furniture.

Stuffed chairs, couches, mattresses, and TVs require a $12.00 sticker for curbside pickup. Call (712) 580-7270 to get on the pick up list. $12.00 stickers may be purchased at City Hall.

Stuffed chairs, couches, mattresses, and TVs delivered to the transfer station require $7.00 fee at the gate.

What about tires, batteries, oil and paint?
Tires Delivered to Transfer Station:

$2.00 Per Car Tire
$5.00 Per Small Truck/17.5-19.5" Tire
$9.00 Per Large Truck Tire
$35.00 Per ExLarge Tires
$2.00 Extra charge for tires with rims.
Stop at the Transfer Station Office to pay for these items.

Tires Picked Up at Curb:
$3.00 Per Car Tire
$6.00 Per Small Truck/17.5-19.5" Tire
$9.75 Per Large Truck Tire
$40.00 Per ExLarge Tires
$2.25 Extra charge for tires with rims.
These require appropriate amount of $.75 stickers on each tire to be picked up.
Call (712) 580-7270 to get on pickup list.

The following places will accept the appropriate items during the hours listed:

Dyno Oil
216 E Milwaukee, (712) 262-2921
Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Oil , No Filters, No Batteries

H & N
713 Grand Ave, (712) 262-3230
Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat- 8:00-Noon
Oil, Oil Filters, No Batteries

VanderHaags
3809 4th Ave W, (712) 262-7000
Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am-Noon
Oil, No Batteries, No Oil Filters

City of Spencer
401 10th Ave SE
Mon-Fri 8:00 am -5:00 pm
Oil and Oil Filters Only, No Batteries

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
at the Transfer Station
3101 West 18th Street
Call for appointment
Oil, Oil Filters and Batteries

Paint:
Empty paint cans may be disposed of with regular garbage as long as the lid is removed and the paint has been allowed to dry out.


Rate reduction consideration
Effective July 1, 1992, low to moderate income families may apply at City Hall for a rate reduction consideration. If you qualify, the reduction would be rebated In December of each year.

What about medical wastes?
Medical wastes are NOT recyclable and should not be disposed of in garbage, either. This includes infectious wastes, needles, syringes, scalpels, urine sample bottles, donated blood bottles & needles. Free sharps containers may be obtained from City Hall by Spencer residents. These are for our worker's safety.

Where is the Transfer Station Located?
3101 West 18th Street, Spencer, Iowa

What are the hours of the Transfer Station?
Monday through Saturday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Can I drop off garbage at the Transfer Station?
Yes.

When do I set out my garbage and recycling?
City Ord. 4-5-8: "No Permanent Solid Waste Container Shall Be Kept or Maintained in a Front Yard Except For Collection -- Residential Solid Waste Receptacles or Containers Shall NOT Be Placed at the Curb More Than 12 Hours Before the Scheduled Time of Collection and Shall Be Removed from the Curb Area Within 8 Hours After Collection."

Garbage pick up dates are:
Monday: North of West 4th Street & West of Grand Avenue
Tuesday: North of East 4th Street & East of Grand Avenue
Wednesday: South of East & West 4th Street

Recycling pick up dates are:
West Side: Thursday
East Side: Friday

After automated collection is implemented, recycling pickup will be on Thursdays.

 

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