Posted On July 10, 2015

The upcoming Household Toxic Materials and Electronics Recycling Drop-off Event is at a new location.

The September 26th, 9 AM - 2 PM event is at a new location! The event will take place at the Cedar Falls Public Works Complex, located at 2200 Technology Parkway in Cedar Falls (just south of the Target Distribution Center). The space will allow for participating vehicles to get in a straightforward line (without clogging traffic in a neighborhood). It will also allow most of our volunteers to be in a building, away from the elements. We will have signs at the intersection of Hudson Road and Technology Parkway the day of the event and volunteers to help with traffic.

More information:
Flier (PDF)
Accepted List (PDF)
Volunteer flier (PDF)

For further information visit

Posted On July 6, 2015

The City of Waterloo is committed to providing safe, cost-effective wastewater service to commercial and residential customers within our city. We are equally dedicated to operating our wastewater system in an environmentally responsible manner. On November 24, 2014 the City of Waterloo adopted an ordinance to regulate Fats, Oils and Greases discharged by Food Service Establishments (FSE) as a result of EPA mandates. The purpose of this ordinance is to aid in the prevention of sanitary sewer blockages and obstructions from contribution and accumulation of fat, oil and grease (FOG) into the publicly owned treatment works. Such discharges from commercial kitchens, restaurants, food processing facilities and all other establishments where FOG are discharged can contribute to line blockages and/or spills.

The City of Waterloo is now developing a FOG program designed to educate these establishments in Best Management Practices (BMP) to include requirements for procedures and practices that reduce the discharge of FOG from establishments into the sanitary sewer system. This program will include inspections of establishments, to include their grease traps or interceptors, as well as maintenance logs for these devices.

Please contact the Waste Management Services Department at 291-4553 with questions. The City of Waterloo appreciates your cooperation in making our city safe for the public and our environment.

FOG Information:

Ordinance 5256 (pdf)
Contact Information (pdf)
Maintenance Log (pdf)
Understanding grease removal and the 25% rule (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Best Management Practices (pdf)
Best Management Practices Poster (pdf)
Food Service Establishment Inspection Sheet (pdf)

Posted On March 19, 2015

The City of Waterloo Sanitation Department has temporarily closed the recycle drop-off site located at the Leisure Services Complex, 1101 Campbell Ave., due to construction in that area and safety concerns for citizens. Further information regarding this or a possible alternate site will be forthcoming.

Citizens are encouraged to utilize the other recycle sites available throughout the city. These locations are:

  • Pantry Express – Bishop and Independence Ave.
  • Waste Management Services – 3505 Easton Ave.
  • Carpetland – 1234 Flammang Drive
  • Fire Station #1 – 425 East 3rd Street

Questions may be directed to the City of Waterloo Sanitation Department, 291-4455.

Posted On February 20, 2015


A Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by the City of Waterloo, on or about May 15, 2015. The One-Year Action Plan includes an application for about $1,128,646 in Federal Community Development Block Grant funds and $18,200 in Program Income and recaptured funds. The plan also includes an application for about $377,585 in Federal HOME funds and Program Income and recaptured funds of approximately $38,254. All dollar amounts are subject to change. The program year for which the funds are intended begins July 1, 2015. The funds will be used for a variety of activities including public services, housing rehabilitation, emergency repairs, new construction, rental deposit assistance, and public facilities improvements.

None of the activities will cause displacement of persons or businesses from their present location. In the event such displacement would occur, an Anti-displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan has been developed outlining assistance available. This plan will also be available for public review in the Community Development Office.

The Community Development Board approved a proposed budget on February 17, 2015 which is posted on our website at A 30-day public comment period will begin March 2, 2015 and end on March 31, 2015. Comments will be incorporated into the final document submitted to HUD.

Comments and/or questions may be directed in writing to Rudy D. Jones, Community Development Director, Community Development Board, Carnegie Annex - Suite 202, 620 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703, phone (319) 291-4429, or by email:

Posted On January 29, 2015


The City of Waterloo has moved its Sanitation Department administrative operations from the Waste Management Services offices on Easton Avenue to the Public Works facility located at 625 Glenwood Street.

Customers with any questions regarding garbage collection, recycling, yard waste or the scheduling of bulk item pick-ups should contact the Sanitation Department at 291-4455 or visit the Public Works facility.

All Sanitation Department functions previously coordinated at Waste Management Services are now being administered from the Glenwood Street location. Hours of operation at Public Works are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays).

Posted On December 29, 2014

The Waterloo Building Inspection Department offers Residential Contractor Exams for those who want to become a licensed contractor with the City of Waterloo.

Available Exam Dates for 2015 are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 17, 2015
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015
  • Saturday, July 18, 2015
  • Saturday, August 15, 2015
  • Saturday, September 19, 2015
  • Saturday, October 17, 2015
  • Saturday, November 21, 2015
  • Saturday, December 19, 2015
Exam times will be 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and will be given in the Mollenhoff Room – 2nd Floor – City Hall


Residential Contractor Exam Resources
Procedure for Licensed Residential Contractor (pdf) | Residential Testing Requirements and Application (pdf)

Posted On December 18, 2015

Check out 2015's yardwaste & recycle schedule

Posted On July 15, 2014

Landlord Rental Information

Posted On May 29, 2014

The City is serious about getting rid of graffiti. Please report graffiti as soon as you see it. The sooner we are able to respond and remove graffiti, the more our community will send a message that we will not tolerate graffiti in our City.
Graffiti complaint number 319-291-3820.

Posted On October 21, 2013

The Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control has awarded the City of Waterloo additional funding to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in the homes of eligible Waterloo residents. This program is administered through the Community Development office in conjunction with the single-family, owner-occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Currently, the City of Waterloo is accepting calls from homeowners who may be eligible for assistance. If you believe lead-based paint could be a hazard to your family, you are encouraged to apply for assistance.

Qualifications include:

  • the home must be located within the city limits of Waterloo
  • dwelling must be owner-occupied, and built before 1978
  • there must be children living in the home, age five years or younger, and
  • owner/occupants must meet income eligibility requirements listed below

1 $2,937.50 $35,250.00
2 $3,354.17 $40,250.00
3 $3,775.00 $45,300.00
4 $4,191.67 $50,300.00
5 $4,529.17 $54,350.00
6 $4,862.50 $58,350.00
7 $5,200.00 $62,400.00
8 $5,533.33 $66,400.00
9 $5,693.33 $68,320.00
10 $6,018.67 $72,224.00

Please contact the Waterloo Community Development office at 291-4429 if you are concerned with lead-hazards in your home. Staff will be available to review your qualifications and determine whether your name can be placed on the waiting list for assistance.