Hanlontown, Iowa

City Established 1899

Garbage / Recycling / Yard Waste / Household Hazardous Waste

Absolute Waste Removal is the official solid waste hauler and recycler for the residents of Hanlontown. Absolute Waste Removal observes the following Holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If any of these holidays occurs in week either on or before our normal garbage or recycling collection the collection will be delayed by one day. Any questions or comments you have regarding your garbage service should be addressed directly to Absolute Waste Removal at 641-357-4517.

Hanlontown is a member of LANDFILL OF NORTH IOWA.  A list of materials that are banned from being buried in a Landfill are listed near the bottom of this page. Of the items on this list all items except for asbestos, newspapers and magazines and other recyclables are accepted there for proper disposal. 1-877-LANDFIL or 641-357-5452.

Some items listed below require 1 or more stickers to be attached before Absolute Waste Removal can collect them. Stickers are purchased from the City Clerk for $1.00 each. They are sold in groups of five.

Garbage Collection

Garbage collection will be provided on Wednesday of each week. Any "observed" holiday in the work week will delay collections by one day. Trash must be available for pickup by 7 a.m.

Waste Item # Stickers
Each can, bag or bundle over two  1
Couch  4
Hide-a-bed, sleeper  5
Sectional couch (each piece)  3
Chair (kitchen or folding)  1
Stuffed leisure chair 3
Bar-B-Q grill on legs 2
Mattress or foundation, each  
(twin )  2
(full or queen)  3
(king)  4

If you have items not appearing on the above list or questions regarding the above please call Absolute Waste Removal.

The city does not have a pickup for large items. In the past a small number of residents abused the service with the cost being passed on to all residents. If you have a large amount of trash, dumpsters in various sizes are available from Absolute Waste Removal.

Recycling Collection

Recycling collection will be on the first and third Wendsday of the month. Any "observed" holiday in the work week will delay collections by one day. Recycling items must be available for pickup by 7 a.m. Please follow the instructions below. Failure to follow these instructions will eventually cause the recycling portion of our garbage collection rate to increase.


Each home has been prvided with a blue recycling bin that is to remain with the home. Place Metal cans, clear glass, plastic containers described below are to be placed in this bin or in a clear plastic, see-thru bag for collection. These bags are available in many area stores, in a variety of sizes. Clear bags allow the collector to see if there are materials in the bag which are not recyclable or not part of your local recycling program. Unclean or foreign material with the with the items to be recycled being left at the curb.

Newspaper, magazines, catalogues corrugated cardboard and paper-board may also be placed in the bin. These items should be in  bundles tied with string or twine. Newspapers are to be in one bundle, magazines and catalogues in another and corrugated cardboard and paper-board in yet another bundle. Newspapers and magazines should not get wet. If rainy, please wait until next collection day.


CLEAR GLASS: Food and Beverage Containers only. Rinse clean: Remove caps and rings and discard in trash. Labels do not have to be removed. Do not break glass. Place clear glass in clear plastic bag with cans and plastic containers. Not recyclable: colored glass, dishes, ceramics, ovenware, clay pots, light bulbs, drinking glasses, windows and mirrors
TIN AND ALUMINUM CANS: metal food and beverage cans are to be rinsed clean with labels removed. Place cans in clear plastic bag with plastic jugs and clear glass. Not recyclable: aerosol and paint cans.
PLASTIC BOTTLES AND JUGS: Plastic container which have any code  # (1 - 7) inside the three arrows on the bottom of the bottle. Rinse clean; remove caps and rings and discard. Not recyclable: oil containers, antifreeze containers, ice cream and margarine containers or any plastic not described above.
NEWSPAPERS: Clean, dry newspaper with inserts. Tie in bundles with string. Bundle newspapers separately from other paper products and place beside other recyclables. Phone books may be recycled with newspapers.
MAGAZINES: glossy, glue back or stapled binding. Bundle and tie with string, separate from newspapers.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD AND PAPERBOARD; Must be clean. These materials may be bundled together and tied with string. Flatten boxes; remove plastic liners, packing materials and etc. and discard in trash. Paperboard is gray food boxes such as cereal cracker, and cake mix boxes.

Yard Waste

A certan times of the year a dumpster is provided for yard waste. Ascess is on the alley behind the Community Center. Follow the posted rules or this service may be discontinued. You may also take your yard waste  to the Landfill of North Iowa. Material taken to the Landfill must be covered. Landfill charges apply. The burning of refuse and yard waste while discuraged is permitted, except for times when the State, County or City officials establish a burning ban. When burning the fire must be attended and you are expected to consider the effect the smoke could have on you neighbors. When ever possible, please burn between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Provisions have been made at the Landfill of North Iowa to accept all of the above for proper disposal except for asbestos, newspapers and magazines. Landfill charges apply. Absolute Waste Removal may be willing to take some of these items to the landfill for you. Call them for instructions and the number of stickers required.


The following materials can be dropped off at the Landfill at NO cost to residential customers. Drop offs are by appointment only. Call first to set up an appointment time and date. The Landfill of North Iowa has a collection in each member community every 3 to 4 years.