• Learn how to use bags and stickers to ensure yard waste collection.
    Learn how to use bags and stickers to ensure yard waste collection.
  • Our Recycling Guide provides this answer and more.
    Our Recycling Guide provides this answer and more.
  • Our Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off can recycle this for residents.
    Our Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off can recycle this for residents.
  • Or find local roofers committed to recycling roof shingles.
    Or find local roofers committed to recycling roof shingles.

Community Cleanups
& Tire Drop-Offs

Many communities host cleanup days and tire drop-off events for their residents.  If information isn't listed for your city, contact your city hall

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Des Moines SCRUB Events

The City of Des Moines holds SCRUB events the third Saturday of every month. Learn more or call 283-4950 with questions.

Year-Round Options

You can also dispose of items right at your curb through your garbage hauler. Most cities offer a Large-Item Sticker service. Keep in mind, all items are landfilled with the exception of appliances. Or, you can bring these items directly to Metro Park East or Metro Park West landfills.

Yard Waste

yard waste recycling

At the Curb

Yard waste was banned from the landfill and so most cities offer curbside collection through Compost It! Learn how your city provides this yard waste services.

At the Landfill

Residents can drop off yard waste and tree debris at Metro Park East and Metro Park West landfills, where it is composted.

Buy Compost

Yard waste is recycled and sold back to residents as compost - great for your plants, yard and garden. Learn where it's sold locally.

Buy Turf Gold Compost

Retail Locations

Residents can purchase the Turf Gold Compost at these area businesses.

Want a Lush Lawn?  

Some landscape companies offer lawn application services. Learn about the benefits of compost give you a leg up for next spring.

Wholesale Purchasing

Those with large projects and the ability to haul four cubic yards, can buy bulk quantities from the Metro Compost Center. If you don't have hauling capability, look at our retail locations. Many offer hauling services as well.

Recycling Guide

Confused about where to recycle or safely dispose of items? Here are some local options for where they should go.

Recycling Guide

Curbside Options

You can also dispose of items right at your curb through your garbage hauler. Most cities offer a Large-Item Sticker service. Learn how your cities offers this. Keep in mind, all items are landfilled with the exception of appliances.

Location & Hours

The following are three main locations residents can drop-off items for safe, smart recycling and waste disposal. View our Holiday Hours & Closings.

Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

1105 Prairie Drive SW
Bondurant, Iowa 50035
(515) 967-5512

More Info & Hours

Metro Park East Landfill

12181 University Avenue NE
Mitchellville, Iowa 50169
(515) 967-2076

More Info & Hours

Metro Recycling Center

1817 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 265-5267

View Hours & Other Locations

Yard Waste Collection: Two Convenient Options

Since 1991, leaves, grass and other yard waste has been banned from Iowa's landfills. The Compost It! curbside collection program helps Central Iowans comply with the law and recycle yard waste into a viable product - Turf Gold Compost. Use either the Bag & Sticker program, the Cart Service, or both to conveniently dispose of yard waste from your curb.

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