Metro Waste Authority Closes Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Des Moines, IA (March 2020) – Due to current public health recommendations, Metro Waste Authority is suspending hazardous waste drop-off in Bondurant and Grimes.

To continue serving the needs of residents for safe, smart hazardous waste disposal, the agency is expanding houseside hazardous waste collection to communities in its service area.

“These are unchartered waters,” Metro Waste Authority Executive Director Michael McCoy said. “We provide essential services for the region, and we will continue to do that. However, it needs to be done in a way that supports everyone’s health and safety.

“Houseside collection is similar to grocery or amazon delivery,” McCoy explained. “We can help residents safely dispose of hazardous waste while maintaining social distance.”

According to McCoy, everyone has hazardous waste in their home. While people are likely spending more time at home with time to clean, the agency wants to ensure residents understand what’s hazardous. Common items like bleach, rechargeable batteries, oil-based paints, lawn chemicals such as fertilizers or weed killer, old motor oil or gasoline, and energy efficient (CFL) lightbulbs are all hazardous.

“We want to help residents continue to do the right thing, even though our model needs to look a bit different right now,” McCoy said.

Houseside hazardous waste collection is offered on an as-needed basis per resident request. Each request includes the delivery of two 12-gallon bins and one large item bag. The containers are delivered, then the resident requests a pick-up once they have packed their hazardous waste. To request the service, residents within Metro Waste Authority’s service area can visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com/HHWHouseside.

The cost for each houseside collection is $25 and includes the two bins and a large bag. Some items accepted in the program aren’t technically hazardous, such as latex paint and e-waste, which includes computers, laptops, printers, and other accessories. There is a large demand to properly dispose of these items, which get recycled.

“We are committed to providing safe, smart disposal; and are grateful for the resources we have in place to quickly respond to the changing needs of the metro.”

For more information, or to request houseside hazardous waste collection, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com/HHWHouseside or call 515.244.0021.