Metro Waste Authority Helping Safely Dispose of Hazardous Materials

Des Moines, IA (March 2020) – Knowing what’s hazardous in your home is important. Metro Waste Authority wants residents to know where it should go when it’s time to get rid of it.

“Many people don’t realize they have hazardous waste in their homes,” Metro Waste Authority Executive Director Michael McCoy stated. “When this type of waste ends up in the trash or down the drain, it can cause harm to people, pets, and the environment.”

According to McCoy, 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 make it easier for residents to do the right thing. Although we have drop-off sites in Bondurant and Grimes, we recognize the distance might prevent some people from making the trip. With houseside collection now available in select cities, there’s no reason to stockpile items that can be dangerous for your family,” 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 participating city limits can visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com/HHWHouseside.

“Much of the material collected as part of the houseside program can be dropped off for free at our hazardous waste facilities,” McCoy said. “However, we’ve kept the cost of houseside collection low to make it more convenient for people to do the right thing.”

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.

“After piloting the houseside hazardous waste program and expanding what’s accepted, we’re happy to offer it in nine metro communities. We launched in Clive, Johnston, Norwalk, Urbandale and West Des Moines in 2019, and have now added Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, and Windsor Heights. Eventually, we hope to add more.”

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