Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Single Hauler Program Questions and Answers

Q- What is the Single Hauler Program?

A- The city is working on contracting one trash hauler for all residential properties in Oelwein. This includes anything up to a three plex that is not attached to a commercial business.

Q- When will this program take effect?

A- Black hawk Waste Disposal Inc. will begin distributing cans in March of 2018 with pickup beginning April of 2018.

Q- When will I receive my first bill for trash pickup?

A- All charges for the single hauler program will be on your April Utility Bill.

Q- How will I pay my garbage bill?

A- All trash hauling bills will be ran through the city’s utility bill just like water, sewer, landfill, and recycling.

Q- What is the monthly cost?


  April 2018-2019 April 2019-2020 April 2020-2021 April 2021-2022 April 2022-2023
SH $11.30 11.30 11.30 11.46 11.63
Admin $1.25 $1.25 $1.25 $1.25 $1.25
Total $12.55 $12.55 $12.55 $12.73 $12.92

Q- What does the monthly cost cover?

A- The monthly cost covers trash pickup every week and recycling every other week.

Q- What size containers are offered?

A- Residents can choose from a 33 gallon to a 96 gallon tote for both recycling and trash.

Q- How do I let the city know what size container I want?

A- The city will begin taking container requests in December and leave the period open until the end of January 2018. People can request trash or recycling sizes. If a requests is not made, the resident will receive a 96 gallon container for trash and recycling as it is the default size for residents.

Q- What if I miss the request time slot for a container?

A- Residents will have to wait until March of 2019 to switch out their container. Residents can switch out containers during March of each year with a request to Black hawk Waste Disposal Inc.

Q- Why is the cost the same for the containers?

A- Each container is the same price. Residents are paying for the stop, not the amount of garbage collected. The county sets the trash rates at the transfer station. Residents pay for their disposal of trash through the landfill charge that is calculated by the county’s tipping fees.

Q- Will I get to own my trash container after the five year program?

A- No, after the five year contract, the city will evaluate the program and determine if they want to continue to work with Black hawk Waste Disposal Inc. If the contract ends, Black hawk Waste Disposal Inc. will retain ownership of the cans as similar to industry standard for waste haulers. 

Q- Do I have to have a recycling container?

A- Every customer will receive a recycling container.

Q- How often is recycling picked up?

A- Every other week.

Q- Will the county remove the blue recycling bins located across Oelwein?

A- As of now, the county has no plans to remove the recycling containers.

Q- What happens if Black Hawk Waste Disposal Inc. breaks my container?

A- If Black hawk Waste Disposal Inc. breaks your container, they will replace the container. If a resident breaks a container, the will be charged a $60 fee to replace the container. All container disputes will be handled by Black hawk Waste Disposal Inc.

Q- Sometimes I have an extra bag of trash that does not fit in my container, how much does that cost?

A- An extra bag fee sticker can be picked up at city hall for $2.00.

Q- How do I get Black hawk Waste Disposal Inc. to pick up a bulk item for my residence?

A- Bulk item stickers are available at city hall for $15.00 each. The price is based off of the landfills bulk item charges.

Q- I have never had trash service at my house, how can I not participate in this program.

A- This program is not optional for residential properties.

Q- How will I know my pickup day?

A- Black Hawk Waste Disposal Inc. will announce the routes through the local paper, social media, and the city.

Q- What happens if I have a problem with my trash pickup?

A- All trash issues will be reported to Black Hawk Waste Disposal Inc. first. Their contact number will be on each container and available on their website. Any dispute not addressed in a timely manner as stated in the single hauler contract will be addressed by the city. If Black Hawk Waste Disposal Inc. fails to address issue with residents, fines can be assessed to the hauler.

Q- I winter out of state, will I get charged for the single hauler program?

A- Yes, anyone receiving a utility bill will get charged for the single hauler program. Anyone who winters away from Oelwein is encouraged to have their city utilities shutoff. Shutting off utilities for two months or more cost less than leaving utilities on.

Q- Will the City include a senior citizen discount?

A- No, the city cannot set rates based on age.

Q- Will my pickup day change?

A- Once Black Hawk Waste Disposal decides on their routes, they will inform the public. Changes of route days could change.

Q- Will they provide elderly or disabled pickup?

A- Yes

Tree Trimming Scheduled to Begin

tree trimming          The City of Oelwein Street Department has contracted with Maurer Tree Service to trim trees in the boulevard to minimum code mandated heights. This work will not include the removal of dead branches or whole trees at this time. Work is scheduled to begin October 23rd in the Southeast quadrant of town, followed by the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest. Workers will be moving quickly through an area and should be completed within four weeks.


The contractor and city equipment will need a large, clear work area. To help expedite the project we ask that residents please park away from any boulevard trees when the crew is in their area.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Residents with questions are asked to contact Utility Superintendent Vic Kane at 283 1197.

Open Burn Dates Set

leaves   Fire Chief Mike Hillman has set the Fall 2017 Open Burning dates for the City of Oelwein to begin
Saturday, October 14th and continue until Sunday, November 19th at midnight. This period is set
aside for the open burning of yard waste, limbs, leaves and garden waste, on the property in which it grew.
Care should always be taken that you have a hose set up by the fire. Windy days must be avoided.
Also remember it is never legal to burn furniture, garbage, building materials, and plastic.

Water Supply and Treatment Project

A Reaffirmation of the Categorical Exclusion has been issued for the City of Oelwein drinking water supply and treatment upgrades project.  Attached is more information.

Residential Revitalization


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That there is now on file for public inspection in the office of the City Clerk of Oelwein, Iowa, a Proposed Revitalization Plan for the development of a proposed revitalization area (designated the “Oelwein Residential Revitalization Area”) to include all property within the City.

The City Council will meet at 6:00 o’clock p.m., on the 25th day of September 2017, at the City Hall, Oelwein, Iowa, at which time a hearing will be held pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 404, Code of Iowa (the “Act”) on the proposal to adopt the Proposed Revitalization Plan and the proposal to establish the revitalization area. At such public hearing all owners of record of real property, tenants, and all “occupants” of city addresses within the area, and any other person having an interest in the matter may appear and be heard for or against the adoption of the Proposed Revitalization Plan or the establishment of the Oelwein Urban Revitalization Area.

Once an area has been designated as a revitalization area pursuant to the Act, residential property within the City on which certain improvements have been made will become eligible for certain property tax exemptions under the Act.


Public Notification

Facility Name: Oelwein Municipal Waterworks                           PWSID#: 3353088


Monitoring Violation of the Water Testing Schedule

Our water system violated a drinking water standard over the past year. Even though these were not emergencies, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct these situations.

We, the Oelwein Municipal Public Water Supply are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. During August of 2016 we did not monitor or test one sample for (TTHM) Total Trihalomethanes and (HAA5) Haloacetic Acids and therefore cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during that time.

What should I do?

There is nothing you need to do at this time.

What Happened? What is being done?

The required testing was inadvertently completed in July instead of the required month of August. Staff was informed to check sampling time frame requirements and not just submit samples upon arrival of the sampling containers.

Be assured that this sample and all previous samples have been well within the drinking water standards. TTHM & HAA5 are a possible byproducts of chlorination that build up over time in the water system. Even if they would be present in our system the Cities biannual flushing should remove them before they reach a level affecting public health.    

For more information, please contact Victor Kane at (319) 283-1197

History of Oelwein

The town of Oelwein was laid out in a corn field purchased from G.A. Oelwein on the coming of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad (later called the Rock Island) in 1872. Some years later... Read More

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 20 2nd Ave. S.W.