Garbage/Trash Ordinance

March 4, 2020 an updated garbage ordinance was approved. After researching outsourcing garbage collection it was decided that keeping the service within the City was currently the best, most cost efficient option. The changes made to the Garbage Ordinance were not made lightly. The City leadership and public works department made the changes to the ordinance in an effort to better utilize the public works staff, reduce wear and tear on the roads and vehicles and increase City services, such  as, litter pickup, maintenance of right of ways, etc. The changes made will also allow for better, less subjective enforcement of the ordinance. Thank you for your patience while we adapt to these changes and work towards Moving Irondale Forward!

Important Information 

  • Changes will began June 8, 2020
  • Recycling will be collected on Mondays— If Recycling falls on a legal holiday pickup will be the next regularly scheduled date – Currently, there is not enough Recycling being collected to warrant rescheduling the pickup for another day during the same week when there is a City Holiday on a Monday. It is the hope that the 1 day per week pickup of garbage will encourage more residents to recycle (please see below for items eligible for recycling.) Should you need an additional recycling bin please contact Public Works.
  • If your scheduled Garbage pickup falls on a City Holiday the pickup will be rescheduled and announced
  • There is no scheduled pickup for Thursday but it will be used as a make up day for Garbage pickup on rescheduled City holidays
  • Changes to the ordinance and schedule are being noticed through a water/garbage bill insert (also available at the library, city hall and senior center), through the website and social media.
  • To view the entire ordinance please click the link below:

Garbage or2020-02

  •  To view the mailing sent March 3, 2020 please click the link below:

MEMO to all Irondale Residents – garbage

Items Eligible for Recycling – Contaminated Recycling will not be picked up

  • Household Plastics #1 & #2 (number is on the bottom of the Container)
  • NO plastic bags of any kind can be used to hold recycling or recycled – presence of any type of plastic bag will contaminate your recycling and it will not be picked up
  • All Food Containers must be rinsed out with no food particles remaining
  • Flattened Cardboard Boxes (place under bin) – if cardboard is wet it is considered contaminated
  • Aluminum/Steel Cans (rinse before recycling)
  • Paper/Magazines


Questions please call Public Works at 951.1420

Key Details from the Garbage/Trash Ordinance  – Excerpts only
  • 1 Day per Week Collection
  • All Garbage must be bagged and then put in the city provided Receptacle
  • Garbage receptacles must be stored in an area not visible from the street until collection day
  • If collection day falls on a legal holiday collection will be rescheduled and residents will be notified of an alternate date (within the same week)
  • Only garbage in the city provided receptacle will be picked up      
  • Logs/Limbs cannot exceed 6 feet in length and 10 inches in diameter 
  • Recycling collected weekly (changed to match the actual practice) 
  • NO amounts of Dirt, Rock, Rubber (tires) or Construction/Demolition debris will be picked up 
  • Any amount of brush, logs, etc., as long as, it does not exceed 6 feet in length and 10 inches in diameter 
  • Furniture IS collected