Free Gas Can Exchange in Grimes

Des Moines, IA (June 3, 2019) –  Christopher Allsup was a vibrant young boy whose life was taken too soon due to a plastic gasoline can that exploded. He suffered burns over 90% of his body and eventually died from his injuries. In his memory, his family has partnered with Safe Kids Greater Des Moines, Blank Children’s Hospital, and Metro Waste Authority; to exchange residents’ gas containers for safety cans.

On Saturday, June 8, from 8 – 10 am, residents can exchange old gas containers for a new safety can at the Northwest Hazardous Waste Drop-off in Grimes. Each vehicle may exchange one gas can for a new, two-gallon metal safety can with flame arrestor.

A flame arrestor is essentially a screen with small holes that can be made of plastic or metal. The screen prevents sparks from entering the gas container and igniting the fuel. Gas cans without a flame arrestor could put residents at risk.

“We are passionate about this partnership and glad we can support it through safe disposal channels,” says Metro Waste Authority Director of Public Affairs Leslie Irlbeck. “The location of our Grimes facility is intended to make safe disposal of hazardous waste more convenient for residents on the west side of the Metro.”

Irlbeck explained that gas containers brought for exchange must be surrendered in for a new safety can. Containers will be accepted empty or with gasoline inside, however; no gasoline can be poured off.

The Metro Northwest Transfer Station is open year-round for hazardous waste drop-off by appointment, or the second Saturday of every month from March through December. In addition to the gas can exchange June 8th, residents can drop-off household hazardous waste from 8 am – Noon.

For more information, visit or call 515.244.0021.