Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection WILL NOT be delayed for the President's Day holiday. MWA facilities open regular hours.

Community Resources

  • Event Recycling Stands

    Be sure to recycle at your next event. Our recycling stands and event recycling guidance make it easy.

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  • Cleanup Supplies

    Are you planning a littler cleanup? Let our litter grabbers, leather gloves and safety vests keep your volunteers safe and happy while doing the job.

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  • Adopt A Street

    West Des Moines Residents: Learn how you can keep your neighborhood streets litter-free by adopting a street to clean up.

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  • Classroom Education

    One of our goals is to educate students about what they can do to help protect the environment. We support teachers and schools by coming into the classroom to conduct programs, provide tours and lend educational toolkits.

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  • Green Talks

    Do you have a group of 10 or more that would like to learn more about recycling or other green topics? Learn how to request a presentations from Metro Waste Authority.

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  • Environmental Management System

    Our Environmental Management System (EMS) empowers every employee to become an environmental steward. Objectives are set each year to address significant impacts and achieve continuous improvement in the six focus areas. Our progress on the objectives is reported to the the Iowa Department of Natural Resources annually.

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  • Grants

    Metro Waste Authority has provided nearly $1 million to its member communities through grants for clean-ups, waste reduction and diversion. The grant program offers a reimbursement to schools, public and private groups/clubs and neighborhood associations for projects with an environmental focus.

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  • Growing Green Communities

    Growing Green Communities is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the way we develop land, manage water and create connectivity within communities.

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  • Renewable Energy Plant

    This energy plant is a joint-venture between Metro Waste Authority, Waste Management and MidAmerica Energy to create energy from garbage.

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  • Tree Management

    To assist our communities, we provide resources for tree management. You'll also find resources for hiring a tree service, chemical treatment for emerald ash borer, replanting options and how to calculate the benefits of your trees.

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  • Zero Waste Strategies

    Metro Waste Authority offers strategies, tips and other resources to help you reduce waste going to the landfill. This section is a work in progress.

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  • Recycling Tours

    Ever wonder what happens to all those recyclables once your green Curb It! cart is emptied? Take a tour and see for yourself!

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  • Purchase Compost

    Purchase Turf Gold Compost in bulk quantities at these local businesses.

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  • Landfill Tours

    Landfill and Recycling tours are offered to the public periodically. If none are listed, stay in touch through Weekly Emails, Facebook and Twitter.

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Water Station

Des Moines Water Works offers DSM H2GO for event planners. Promote bringing your own water bottle to the event and have them fill up their bottles quickly and conveniently. Learn more.