Have storm debris? Here’s some info from several cities on what to do with it

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Note: This story has been updated with information for Moline and additional information for Clinton.

Several area cities have released information about debris clean up and disposal caused by Monday’s severe storm.


City crews are picking up storm damage from the streets and ask residents place any storm debris, such as branches and tree debris, in orderly piles along the curb or pavement. Do not place the debris where it blocks traffic.

Tree branches should be cut into pieces no longer than six feet and do not need to be bundled. City crews will not go on private property to remove or cut up branches. Do not stack debris next to low wires or poles.

For anything over four inches in diameter, consider hiring a tree service or similar service for disposal.

Yard waste and recycling/trash collection will remain on regular schedule.

These rules are in place until further notice.

If you have questions, call the Municipal Services Department at (309) 524-2400 or use the GO resident request link.


Solid waste collection for Tuesday is canceled to prioritize clearing roads and help with power restoration. Collection will be one day late the rest of the week, with Friday collection on Saturday.

Crews will begin collecting private tree debris placed at the curb after roads are clear. It may take several days for crews to collect the debris.

Yard waste bag pick up will be sticker-free through August 28.


The City of Bettendorf is relaxing yard waste collection rules.

Storm debris can be disposed in the following ways:

  • Tree limbs/branches must be cut in 5 foot lengths, but do not need to be tied and bundled. Set in orderly piles at your regular collection point for collection.
  • If possible, put all other storm debris in Kraft paper bags – no yard waste stickers are required.

Bettendorf asks residents to be patient as there was significant amount of damage from the storm. City crews will pick up storm debris over the next few days.

Rock Island

The City of Rock Island is currently cleaning the roadways of debris, limbs, and trees.

  • Starting Monday, August 17, there will be free special collection of only trees, limbs, and branches.
  • Garbage and other materials should not be included.
  • Customers are asked to set out debris by 7:00 a.m. on their normal garbage collection day at their garbage pick up location or near the curb. Do not place limbs in the street.
  • Limbs do not need to be trimmed or bundled.

The city says it make take several weeks to collect all the debris.

The Refuse and Yard Waste Drop Off Center is open on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Millennium Waste, 13606 Knoxville Road, Milan. There is a $17 fee per vehicle with not more than the equivalent of a full-size pickup load per trip.

Please contact the Public Works Department at (309) 732-2200 to report any blocked roadways.


The Muscatine Compost Facility at the Muscatine Transfer Station at 1000 South Houser Street will be open for extended hours, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., through Friday August 14, for residents to bring brush debris. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, August 14.

Residents of Muscatine and Fruitland can deposit debris for free with a Compost Sticker available at the Transfer Station, Muscatine City Hall, or the Department of Public Works. There is a small fee for non-residents. Call (563) 263-9689 for more information.


Public works is continuing to clear streets of trees and debris. Snow routes will be cleared first, followed by side roads.

  • Residents are asked to place what they can into their yard waste bin.
  • Large items should be placed near where bins are normally collected, without obstructing sidewalks or streets.
  • The City will be continually picking up yard waste so residents should refill the bins and place them back out for collection.
  • The City will be collecting large limbs that cannot fit in the green bins over the next few weeks.
  • Residents are not to bring or dump items in the Liberty Square area.

There will be no delay in solid waste or recycling pickup.

Clinton County

Clinton County Secondary Roads is providing drop-off sites for Clinton County residents to dump storm-related debris.

Only vegetation, such as trees, tree limbs and bushes may be dropped off at the sites available.

The locations are:

  • Delmar Shed – 306 Clinton Avenue, Delmar
  • Charlotte Shed – 117 Park Avenue, Charlotte
  • Elvira Shed – 3775 220th Street, Clinton
  • Elwood Shed – 1805 130th Street, Elwood
  • Lost Nation Shed – 101 Park Avenue, Lost Nation
  • Toronto Shed – Sandy alley and Mill Street (southeast corner)
  • Stockpile area – Southeast corner of 170th Street and 442nd Avenue
  • Stockpile area – Northwest corner of 218th Street and 275th Avenue

The sites will remain open for storm debris through August 23.

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