Dispose Yard & Garden Waste
Yard & Garden Waste Recycling
Compost It! is the yard and garden waste curbside program for most residents in Central Iowa and is managed by Metro Waste Authority. In most communities, it is picked up from the curb weekly during Compost It! Season, on garbage collection day.
Can You Participate?
Find out by clicking on Collection Information and then select your community.
2013 Compost It! Season
|2013 ||April 1 to Nov. 30 |
|Winter Collection ||Dec.30 to Jan. 10, 2014 |
Residents have two convenient options for recycling yard and garden waste at the curb - or can mix and match:
Bag & Sticker Program
You can participate in the Bag & Sticker program when you purchase Metro Waste Authority Compost It! bags or green Compost It! stickers and attach to store-brand bags and brush bundles. Learn more about this program and where to purchase bags and stickers in your neighborhood.
The Cart Service is an optional subscription service in participating communities. Residents have the convenience of a 96-gallon wheeled cart for weekly collection of yard waste during the Compost It! Season.
Each city varies in how they provide this service. Learn more, including how to sign up in your specific community.
Why Compost It!
Recycling Yard Waste into Compost
The Iowa State Legislature banned yard waste from Iowa's landfills. In 1991, it became illegal to throw grass clippings and other yard debris in the trash. Compost It! was designed as a way to help Central Iowa comply with the law and recycle a viable material into compost.