Limb Pickup / Compost


Compost Bunker Policy

Effective 10/29/18: The compost pile is no longer at the Public Works Sewer Plant off of Vista Road. It has permanently moved to 370 Jappa Road (the water tower site).

  1. Yard and garden waste may be taken to the compost bunker all year round
  2. NO sticks, twigs or branches are permitted in the compost pile (please see curbside limb pickup below)
  3. When dropping off load, dump waste as far back into the bunker as you can get
  4. Use caution when entering and exiting the water tower site off of Jappa Road
  5. Questions can be directed to 319-848-4103



Curbside Limb Pickup Policy

Effective 05/21/2018

  1. Brush and limbs will be picked up at your curb by the City of Ely Public Works Department every Monday starting at 8 AM during the months of April – October at no charge.
  2. All limbs must be cut to a length not to exceed 8 foot and must be less than 6 inches in diameter.
  3. All limbs must be trimmed of smaller branches.
  4. All limbs and brush shall be placed by the curb in a neat pile. Please avoid one large pile but rather put in a couple smaller piles for easy hand pickup.
  5. DO NOT TIE OR BUNDLE BRUSH TOGETHER. Simply place them at the curbside.
  6. All brush and limbs will be chipped on sight and may leave a small amount of debris, the home owner will be responsible to “sweep” this up occasionally.
  7. PLEASE DO NOT PLACE LEAVES, GARDEN WASTE, WEEDS OR GRASS CLIPPINGS CURB SIDE THEY WILL NOT BE PICKED UP. These items can be taken to the compost bunker outside of the fence at the sewer plant.
  8. This service is not intended for the removal of an entire tree but is for trimmings only. If you are removing an entire tree you should arrange to have it removed and hauled away.
  9. In the case of a wind storm, or an emergency event, this policy may be changed to accommodate the extra material.
  10. Questions can be directed to city hall at 319-848-4103.