Orange City as a community has a commitment to thoughtful environmental stewardship.
The “green” initiatives in place throughout the community are a collaboration between public, private, and faith-based organizations. Some of the programs, services, and opportunities for environmental stewardship in the Orange City area include:
curbside recycling services
Food-grade glass can be brought to the glass recycling bin
—day or night—located on Concord Ave (south of ALCO).
For more information contact Harold Heie at 712-737-8676.
can & bottle redemption
Iowa has a Beverage Container Deposit Law; deposit containers are banned from landfills. Orange City’s grocery stores offer redemption services, and locally-owned RVK Redemption Services accepts a wide variety of alcohol, wine, and soda brands.
Every spring, Orange City and Alton join with Northwest Iowa Area Landfill to sponsor a household hazardous material recycling each spring. This annual event alternates location between Orange City and Alton every other year. Click here for more information.
Multiple weekends each year, Orange City and Alton host an annual e-recycling collection. Some of the items accepted free of charge are flourescent lamps and bulbs, computers and monitors, keyboards, mouse(s), and standard household batteries.
For more information contact Orange City City Hall at 712-707-4885 or Alton City Hall at 712-756-4314.
compost & brush collection site
A compost & brush collection site is provided for local residents at no charge. Grass clippings and garden waste are collected, composted, and applied to local farm fields to eliminate landfill costs. Trees and brush can be disposed at this site as well. The entrance to the site is located next to the “Orange City Welcome” sign on Highway 10 West.
christmas tree collection
Each year following the Holidays, Orange City residents can place their live Christmas trees near their curbside trash collection site during a designated week—and the trees will be picked up and deposited in area ponds to enhance fish habitat.
The Community Garden located at American Reformed Church, features 56 20’x20’ plots that are available for residents and agencies to rent each growing season. Member gardeners have access to a storage shed and water. The garden features an orchard, rhubarb and herb beds, fencing, seating, and a compost area. Gardeners are encouraged to contribute excess produce to the community Food Pantry, also located at American Reformed Church. For more information call Victoria Karssen 712-707-8681 or Carolyn Yoder 712-707-3890.
A community-wide farmers market is located in the shelter house at Windmill Park in downtown Orange City. Seasonal fresh produce, much of it organically grown, is for sale May-October on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00–5:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am–11:00am.
For more information contact Renae Vander Schaaf at 712-737-8313.
health system environmental initiatives
Orange City Area Health System is committed to environmental stewardship, and a number of programs have been put in place by their “Green Team,” including paper and cardboard recycling, battery recycling, green cleaning products, organic fertilizer, core-less toilet paper, reduced use of Styrofoam and paper products in their cafeterias, and a mercury-free hospital/clinic.