Recycling

Recycling Resource

As a regional government agency charged with managing two landfills in Central Iowa, Metro Waste Authority promotes recycling efforts in the business sector, but leaves the collection, processing and resale of recyclable items to the private industry.

Where to Turn for Collection

Due to the growing popularity of the curbside recycling program, Curb It!, businesses often turn to Metro Waste Authority for recycling collection. We do manage curbside program for the suburbs as a city service, but we do not provide collection or roll-off services to businesses. We encourage businesses to contact their existing garbage hauler for pricing. Learn how to start recycling at your workplace through our guided step-by-step process.

Recycling Guide

Search our Recycling Guide to learn how to recycle specific materials such as batteries, computers, construction demolition, metal and more. 

Recycling Guidelines

Many businesses now offer recycling. The rules at home also apply at work. Learn the local recycling rules in our Curb It! residential section. Or you can download a flyer to post at home or work.

  Download Flyer 

Other Local Resources

Businesses produce various types of waste streams. The most common recyclables are the same ones you find at home: plastics with twist of lids, metal cans, paper, cardboard and glass. Businesses producing large quantities of certain materials, are encouraged to check with these local resources for options on reusing or recycling the waste.

International Paper

515.265.0889
2800 Dixon Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

Mid America Recycling

515.265.1208
2742 East Market Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

Iowa Waste Exchange

This Iowa Department of Natural Resources program is designed to keep waste out of landfills. Many industries, businesses and local governments have items others can use. Our Iowa Waste Exchange local contact is available to help with this exchange.

Polk County Contact
Shelene Codner
Des Moines Area Community College
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Bldg 17, Rm 20A
Ankeny, IA 50023-3993
scodner@region12cog.org
Cell: 319.404.1942