Tiffin is Going Automated!

This summer we are updating our garbage & recycling system, with heavy-duty wheeled carts and new options for our residential customers, all rolled in with your current city utility bill and from Johnson County Refuse, our local service provider.


Meet the bins and make your choice by June 15th, 2018. The new service starts July 5th, 2018.




Garbage Option A 
Size – 65 Gallons
Frequency – Weekly
Cost – $13.50 monthly

Garbage Option B 
Size – 35 Gallons
Frequency – Weekly
CoSt – $11.50 monthy

Recycling Option A
Size – 95 Gallons
Frequency – Weekly
Cost – $5.50 monthy

Recycling Option B
Size – 65 Gallons
Frequency – Weekly
Cost – $5.50 monthly

Make your selection HERE!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question not answered here? Get in touch with Johnson County Refuse at (319) 665-4498

What’s changing?

Tiffin households will select from two collection options to best suit their needs and budget, and will receive free heavy-duty rolling containers allowing for automated collection. Instead of purchasing garbage stickers for annual or weekly use, fees will be included on the monthly city utility bill. No more last-minute garbage-sticker runs!

Why can’t we keep the current system?

In addition to providing convenience and additional recycling capacity to our residents, modernizing the system helps address challenges the service provider, Johnson County Refuse, faces meeting its workforce needs (a sanitation worker in Tiffin lifts, on average, nearly one ton of garbage into a truck over a regular route!).

Is the City profiting on this?

The City does up-charge the recycling fee by $.50 to cover the cost of the annual City Clean-up Day.

Who will run this new program?

Our current provider, Johnson County Refuse, will continue to provide curbside garbage and recycling to single-family residential households, including duplexes, and some multi-family buildings.

When will the new system be implemented?

Johnson County Refuse expects to have the program in place on July 1, 2018, with new containers delivered to homes in late June.

What are the options?

There are two options for garbage collection:

  • 65-gallon garbage container collected weekly for $13.50 per month (this will be the default)
  • 35-gallon garbage container collected weekly for $11.50 per month


There are two options for recycling collection:

  • 95-gallon recycling container collected weekly for $5.50 per month (this will be the default)
  • 65-gallon recycling container collected weekly for $5.50 per month

Residents of multi-family buildings will have different options, depending on their current arrangements, and should contact Johnson County Refuse at (319) 665-4498.

How and when will I make my selection?

Information outlining these options and a selection form will be mailed to each household in June as part of the city utility bill. Households who don’t select by June 15, 2018, will receive the default option: a 65-gallon garbage container and a 95-gallon recycling container.

Can I see these containers in person before making my selection?

Absolutely! Displays are at City Hall (300 Railroad St) are available for viewing also on the City’s Website.

What if I change my mind on the garbage container size?

Any single-family or duplex household not submitting a choice will receive a 95-gallon recycling container and a 65-gallon garbage container. Before Oct. 1, 2018, households can change the size of the garbage container once at no charge.  After Oct. 1, 2018, switching to a larger garbage container will cost $30; switching to a smaller container will cost $25. Contact City Hall, at (319) 545-2572 to make a change.

How will I receive my new container?

Johnson County Refuse will deliver containers to your home in late June.

What happens to my old garbage and recycling container?

After about a month of the program operating, Johnson County Refuse will publicize a date for collecting old garbage cans and recycling containers at the curb. Containers that can be recycled, will. If the household wants to keep their container for reuse, they are welcome to do so. This will be free of charge to our residents.

What can I do with my unused stickers?

Unused stickers will be void on July 1, 2018, after July 1, 2018 they can be taken to Johnson County Refuse or the Tiffin Depot for an exchange or refund.

What if I have more garbage than fits in the container?

If your household has an event, like a party, graduation or holiday get-together and needs to get rid of extra garbage, stickers will be available for the bags that don’t fit in your rolling container. These stickers will be $3 each and can be purchased at the normal sticker outlets (The Depot, Casey’s General Store, Johnson County Refuse, and the Kum & Go).

Tag your extra bag, which is limited to 35 gallons and 40 pounds, with a sticker and place the bag on top of your garbage container so when the container is dumped, the extra bag will go with it. Extra bags not on top of the container will not be collected.

With recycling, all items need to be placed inside the container, including cardboard boxes, which should be cut down to fit inside the container. Boxes outside of the container will not be collected.

What if my container breaks and I need a replacement?

Contact Johnson County Refuse at (319) 665-4498. The containers have a 10-year warranty for damage. Damaged containers will be replaced at no cost.

Can I store the container outside or do they need to be in the garage?

The City does not have an ordinance requiring indoor storage of container. Container can be stored in the garage or outside. Extra garbage should be maintained to not create a nuisance.

How will I be billed?

The cost of garbage will be billed monthly on the City utility bill with recycling, storm sewer fee, water and sewer.

What day of the week will my garbage be picked up?

With the new program, Tiffin will continue to have Thursday pickup, with exception of holiday schedules.

Can I write my address on the container?


Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

Contact Johnson County Refuse at (319) 665-4498

Tiffin New Resident Information

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Tiffin’s Yard Waste Pile

This burn pile is open to Tiffin Residents Only.  This pile is only for yard waste materials.  All branches should be less than 2 inches in diameter.   Please do not dispose of garbage.  This Yard Waste Pile is under video surveillance and will be monitored regularly.

Located on Brown Street south of the railroad tracks.