• See where your recyclables go! Sign up for a spring recycling sorting facility tour!
    See where your recyclables go! Sign up for a spring recycling sorting facility tour!
  • Learn if your city offers a Spring Cleanup or Tire Drop-Off Event.
    Learn if your city offers a Spring Cleanup or Tire Drop-Off Event.
  • Avoid a Fee by Securing Your Load!
    Avoid a Fee by Securing Your Load!
  • The Compost It! program makes it easy to recycle yard waste right from your curb.
    The Compost It! program makes it easy to recycle yard waste right from your curb.

  

Keep recyclables loose
in your Curb It! cart.

Toss recyclables in your cart free from plastic bags! If you bag them, they end up in the trash. Remember, plastic bags, of any kind, ARE NOT recyclable in your curbside cart.

Don't Bag Your Recyclables!

When recycling facility employees spot a plastic bag – even if it’s full of recyclables – it is pulled from the line and sent on to the landfill to protect the sorting facility equipment.

Spread the Word!

Metro Waste Authority is offering a unique field trip opportunity to summer daycare camps. Kids from the daycare camps are invited to tour Metro Park East Landfill where they can watch garbage trucks, bulldozers and compactors do their thing at the face of a working landfill (from a safe distance, of course). 

Swap Shop

For More Information:

Learn about the design of a modern landfill, about all the items we recycle there - tires, metal, appliances, and more! The best part... it is free of charge. Tell your child's daycare camp director today! Contact Metro Waste Authority Education Specialist Mary Gillaspey via email or phone at 515.323.6505.

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events

Hazardous products are used in day-to-day life. Just look for labels with the words toxic, corrosive, reactive, flammable? Or better yet: Keep out of reach of children.

Safe Disposal & Recycling

Metro Waste Authority offers drive through Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Events for convenient and safe disposal options.

Learn about the year-round options

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

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.

Yard Waste Collection: Two Convenient Options

With either the Bag & Sticker program or the Premium Cart service, it is as easy as collecting the yard waste and taking it to your curb for pick-up.

Yard waste collection season starts March 30. >> Learn More

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