• Find solutions for extra recyclables or large items that won't fit in your cart.
    Find solutions for extra recyclables or large items that won't fit in your cart.
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    Learn what you can recycle, reuse, or throw away this holiday season.
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Winter Yard Waste Collection

Winter Compost It! collection is just around the corner in participating communities. This is your opportunity to recycle your live Christmas tree and any remaining yard waste. 

Christmas Trees

Remove all decorations from your tree, attach a Compost It! sticker and leave it at the curb on your regular collection day. Wreaths and garland are not accepted.

Yard Waste

Put yard waste in a Compost It! bag or a store-brand bag with a Compost It! sticker attached. If you have Compost It! cart service, put your yard waste in it and set it at the curb.

The Tricky Six

Don't let them sneak
into your cart. 

These six materials are commonly placed in curbside recycling carts. They DON'T belong there, however, many ARE recyclable elsewhere. Use our Recycling Guide to find the safe, smart 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.

To Recycle It or Not Recycle It: The Holidays

Holiday gatherings and gift exchanges bring a lot of joy this time of year, but they also produce a lot of waste. 

Learn what common holiday items can be recycled and what should go in the garbage with our Holiday Disposal Guide.

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