Sanitation/Garbage & Recycling


Residential garbage and recycling collection in Templeton is provided by Ray's Refuse, Inc. and is billed monthly by the city of Templeton along with water and wastewater services. The rate for residential collection is $15.00 per month. Ray's Refuse provides automated garbage collection and curbside recycling collection.

Garbage Containers
Two sizes of garbage containers are available to residents for automated garbage collection. Containers are provided by Ray's Refuse free of charge. Residents moving into newly built homes should call Ray's Refuse at (712) 792-4071 to order a container. Residents with damaged containers should also call Ray's Refuse for a replacement. Please note the following guidelines:

  • Place containers on a flat, level surface at the curb with the metal bar facing the street with the lid closed.
  • Containers must be placed at least 3 feet from mailboxes, trees, vehicles, retaining walls, lamp posts, other structures, and the recycling bins.
  • Do not place the containers under low-hanging tree branches.

All households in Templeton are provided with weekly curbside collection of recyclable materials on the same day when their garbage is collected. Please see this brochure on how to prepare your red recycling bin for collection. If you move and the house does not have a red container, please call (712) 792-4071 to learn how you can get a container.

Garbage and recyclables are collected in Templeton on Tuesday mornings. Residents should have their garbage containers and recycling bins set out by 6:00 a.m., and emptied containers must be removed from the curb/street by 6:00 p.m.

Special Collection
Special collection services may be available for physically disabled or elderly residents who may have difficulty getting their garbage and recycling containers to the curb. Contact City Hall at (712) 669-3443 or Ray's Refuse at (712) 792-4071 for more information.

Holiday Garbage & Recycling Collection
Garbage and recycling collection will be delayed one day during the week on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Templeton's regularly scheduled residential garbage and recycling collection is Tuesday mornings. If one of the holidays listed falls on a Tuesday, then garbage and recycling will be collected on Wednesday. After the holiday collection, it will resume back to Tuesday.


Commercial Garbage and Recycling collection is arranged by individual businesses directly with the hauler of their choice. Contact City Hall at (712) 669-3443 for more information.