Curbside Recycling

Burlington contracts with the Des Moines County Area Recyclers for curbside recycling. Recyclables are collected from the street even if your garbage collection is in the alley. Recyclables are collected the same day as your garbage but every other week, because the Recyclers work in the outlying communities during the off week.

Holiday schedules for recyclables differ from garbage schedules; check the recycling calendar.

To participate in the program you must have a green recycling container, available at the Des Moines County Area Recyclers, 1818 West Burlington Avenue. The City subsidizes $5 of the cost of a recycling bin for new Burlington residents, so your cost is $3. There is also a drop off site outside the recycling center.

If you have more items to recycle than will fit into your green recycling bin, place them in a sack, box or other container along side the bin and they will be collected.

Recyclable Locally

Items that are recyclable locally include:
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, office paper, junk mail, phone books
  • Corrugated cardboard, flattened and bundled (corrugated cardboard has three layers, a wavy later between two flat layers; paperboard like a cereal box is NOT recyclable locally)
  • Glass jars and bottles, drinking glasses, dishes, ceramics and many other types of glass
  • Tin and aluminum cans, aluminum foil, pie pans, food trays
  • Plastic bottles and containers #1, 2 & 5 (Motor oil bottles will not be taken because of petroleum contamination)