The city of Grinnell operates a Drop-Off Center for your recyclable items at the Public Service Department. Marked dumpsters are located at the east end of the parking lot. There are separate dumpsters for glass bottles & containers, corrugated cardboard, and all other recyclable items. The Public Service department is located at 1411 1st Avenue and can be reached at 641-236-2632.

Hours of Operation

  • Sunday 1 pm - 6 pm
  • Monday 7 am - 3 pm
  • Tuesday 7 am - 7 pm
  • Wednesday 7 am - 7 pm
  • Thursday 7 am - 7 pm
  • Friday 7 am - 3 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Shred paper is accepted during office hours only (Mon,-Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). 

All recyclables must be thoroughly rinsed of any food particles or debris. 


There is no fee for residents or businesses located in the city of Grinnell to drop off items. The cost to maintain the center and dispose of items is included as part of city of Grinnell utility bills. Those living outside of Grinnell can purchase a pass to dispose of items. The passes are sold on an annual basis (July 1 - June 30) and cost $90.00 for a full year. Passes are sold at the Public Service department office and City Hall.