Garbage and Recycling

Garbage Service

Garbage service is provided by Van’s Sanitation from Le Mars, Iowa. Residential pick-up is Monday for the middle of Iowa Street and North, and Thursday for the other half of Iowa Street and South. Commercial pick-up is Mondays and Thursdays. For more information regarding garbage services please call Van’s Sanitation at 888-548-4651.


For Akron Residents ONLY!
There are 3 dumpsters near the Lion’s Paper barn & the City’s water plant (north end of 3rd Street) for your recyclables. They can be dumped in loosely, in brown paper shopping bags or corrugated cardboard boxes. Plastic bags are NOT ACCEPTABLE. Lids are not accepted – please discard in your household garbage. Also, please break down/smash the corrugated cardboard boxes as much as possible. Call City Hall for more information (712) 568-2041. Thank you for recycling!!!

Accepted Items


Clear and colored plastics which include milk jugs, dishwashing liquid bottles, laundry & shampoo bottles, antifreeze jugs and any container that holds a liquid (numbers 1-4). Clean and rinse as much as a possible. Discard lids and lid rings.

Paper & Cardboard

Newsprint, computer and white ledger paper, brown paper shopping bags and corrugated cardboard (please break boxes down); glossy magazines, catalogs, and phone books 1/2” or less.

Tin Cans

Please rinse and clean as much as possible. Please take labels off.

Aluminum Foil Containers

Foil wrap, foil pie plates, aluminum pans, lasagna trays and foil TV dinner trays, aluminum cans. Rinse clean, and then crumple.

Not Accepted Items




Styrofoam, saran wrap, bread wrappers, shopping bags, fast food containers, rigid plastics, laundry bags and disposable diapers.


Waxed paper, waxed cardboard, window envelopes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, toilet paper, pop and beer boxes.

Tin Cans

Aerosol cans and paint cans

Medical Wastes

Are NOT recyclable and shouldn’t be disposed of in the garbage either.

The Lions paper barn accepts newspaper (no ads) and phone books.

We no longer use the Le Mars landfill. Call City hall for more information 568-2041.