Trash, Recycling, & Yard Waste

Trash collection and disposal

Within the city of Oskaloosa, curbside collection of trash and recyclable materials is provided by multiple private companies licensed and approved by the city.  For customer service or to set up an account, please contact one of the following service providers:

Licensed trash and recycling haulers in Oskaloosa

LDI (Local Disposal Inc.)
206 W. Cherry
PO Box 63
New Sharon, IA 50207
Waste Management (business services)
201 SE 18th St
Des Moines, IA 50317

Midwest Sanitation & Recycling
701 Highway 432
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Landfill disposal

Residents may dispose of trash, bulky items, construction and demolition debris, asbestos, and contaminated soil directly at the Mahaska County landfill at published rates. Tires, scrap metal, appliances, electronics, paper, cardboard, and plastic/metal/glass containers are also accepted at the site for recycling.  The landfill is located just south of Oskaloosa on Highway 63.  All loads must be covered and secured.  Payment is due at the time of drop-off.  Please contact the landfill office with any questions regarding hours, payment, acceptable items, and general inquiries or visit/follow their Facebook page at the link below.

Mahaska County Solid Waste Management Commission
Mahaska County Landfill
2979 US Highway 63
Oskaloosa, IA 52577


Recycling and proper disposal services for many household items are managed and provided locally by the Mahaska County Solid Waste Management Commission, regional collection centers, and private haulers.

Common household recyclables

  • Licensed haulers must provide Oskaloosa residents with containers for separation and curbside collection of household recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, and metal and plastic containers.
  • Cardboard, mixed paper, plastic/metal/tin containers, glass containers, and aluminum cans may be dropped off for recycling at the Mahaska County landfill located at 2979 Highway 63.  Free to all Mahaska county/city residents.
  • Plastic shopping bags may be placed in collection bins at the Mahaska County landfill, Southern Iowa Fairgrounds, and local grocery stores.


  • Small batteries may be dropped off at any Mahaska Communication Group (MCG) office for recycling.
  • Rechargeable batteries (lithium or nickel cadmium) may be dropped off at the Mahaska County landfill scale office or True Value Hardware for recycling. 
  • Computers and electronics may be dropped off for recycling at the following sites:
    • Mahaska County landfill.  TVs and monitors are accepted for a small fee. Most other electronics including cell phones, computers, printers, copiers, and audio/video equipment are accepted at no cost.  Visitors should park on the scale, inform the attendant of their items, and proceed to the collection bins.
    • Goodwill of Central Iowa locations including Ottumwa, Indianola, and Des Moines metro area stores.
    • An annual community e-cycling event is held in late April at Mahaska Communication Group (MCG) in Oskaloosa.

Hazardous household waste

  • Appliances and tires may be dropped off at the Mahaska County landfill for recycling at for a small fee.  Most local haulers will also allow you to schedule a curbside pickup for a service fee.
  • Motor oil may be dropped off at O’Reilly Auto Parts and Walmart Auto Center at no charge.  Some auto service mechanics also accept used oil.
  • Scrap metal may be dropped off at the Mahaska County landfill for recycling.  Vehicles may be sold at area salvage dealers including J&E Cernic Scrap in Hedrick, Alter Metal Recycling in Ottumwa, and Doug's 4 Wheelers in Pella.
  • Water-based latex paint and coatings may be disposed of with your household trash when dried and solidified.
  • Oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, solvents, chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, cleaners, waxes, gasoline, oil, and diesel additives are accepted at the Ottumwa Regional Collection Center by appointment.  Call 641-683-0685 to schedule a drop-off.  
    • These items plus antifreeze, mercury thermometers/thermostats, sharps/needles, light bulbs and other hazardous or toxic materials may also be dropped off at the Metro Waste Authority’s Regional Collection Center in Bondurant. Batteries and electronics are also accepted. Some items may include a small fee.

Yard waste disposal

The city encourages onsite disposal of leaves, plants, shrubs, grass clippings, tree branches, and other organic material by mulching and composting.  Open burning of yard waste (except recreational fires) is not allowed within city limits.

City residents may utilize the yard waste drop-off site at 2088 Suffolk Road (also known as 1500 3rd Ave W). The fenced/gated entrance is located at the bottom of the hill near the 3-way intersection and recreation trail.  There is no cost for the drop-off site.  Please follow all posted rules, remove all bags, and do not dump any material outside the gate. Violators will be prosecuted.

Yard waste drop-off site hoursDrop-off site rules
7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday

7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday

Closed on city-observed holidays
The site is for Oskaloosa residents within city limits only.  Beacon, University Park, unincorporated county, and other non-residents should contact their municipality or hauler for disposal options.

Brush, tree limbs, and leaves only.

NO contractors
NO tree trunks or stumps
NO grass clippings
NO concrete, rock, or rubble
NO building materials
NO bags, garbage or trash of any kind
NO dumping outside the gate or over the fence

Other material and items not accepted at the yard waste site may be acceptable for drop-off at the Mahaska County Landfill located just south of town at 2979 Highway 63. Please contact the landfill with questions at 641-673-9266.