Recycling, yard waste, and garbage will not be collected on Monday, May 25, in recognition of Memorial Day. Regular collection is delayed one day for the remainder of the week, with Friday collection occurring on Saturday. 

Recognition & Awards

2016

  • Received the Governor's Excellence Award for the implementation of the flat-fill compaction method which saves valuable air space through increased compaction, improves heavy equipment efficiencies, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as annual expenses.
  • Received "Best of Des Moines" distinction for Recycling and Waste Company from the Des Moines Business Record.

2015

  • Winner of the SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Silver Excellence Award in the Landfill Management Category.
  • Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off recognized as Recycling Facility of the Year by the Iowa Recycling Association. 
  • Earned the Innovative Project Award from the Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operators (ISOSWO) for implementation of flat-fill method at Metro Park East Landfill.
  • Earned the Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines.

2014

  • Recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association for our innovative partnerships to promote increased paper recovery as the “Community Winner” in the Partnership Category for Paper Recycling Award.
  • Earned the Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines.

2013

  • Earned the Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines.
  • Recognized as Outstanding Local Partner by the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Council for efforts in promoting and enhancing the tree resources in Iowa. 

2012

  • Earned the Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines.

2011

  • The Des Moines Register’s Top Workplaces Award
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines
  • Solid Waste Association of North America Gold Award for Marketing Excellence for conversion of Curb It! residential recycling program from 5-sort to single stream
  • Iowa Recycling Association Recycling Project of the Year for Asphalt Shingles Recycling

2010

  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2009

  • Greater Des Moines Partnership business award for the “Best Kept Secret”
  • Governor’s Volunteer Award for our litter control along Highway 163
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company Runner-up by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2008

  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2007

  • Solid Waste Association of North America Gold Award for Integrated Systems Excellence for all of Metro Waste Authority’s programs and services
  • Better Business Bureau Integrity Award
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company Runner-up by the Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2006

  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Award for support and service to the organization

2005

  • Iowa Recycling Association Best Public Education Program Award for MWA’s education program on the expansion and 10-year anniversary program for Curb It!
  • Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for Rehab the Lab, Environmental Excellence Category
  • Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for Rehab the Lab, Waste Management Category
  • Pollution Prevention Environmental Excellence Award by EPA Region 7, Honorable Mention for Rehab the Lab
  • Innovative Waste Management Program Award by Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations for Rehab the Lab

2004

  • Gold Award for Transfer Station Excellence by the Solid Waste Association of North America for the Metro Transfer Station
  • Above and Beyond Service Recognition Certificate from the Governor for MWA’s Education Specialist
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Award for Executive Director
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by Business Record’s Best of Des Moines

2003

  • Outstanding Solid Waste Management Program Award by the Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations
  • Best Recycling/Waste Management Company by Business Record’s Best of Des Moines
  • Honorable Mention of Excellence to HLBK for MWA office by Iowa Chapter of American Institute of Architects
  • Merit Award in Interiors to HLBK for MWA office by St. Louis Chapter of American Institute of Architecture and Central States Region
  • Outstanding Environmental Protection Facility by Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations for the Metro Park East landfill

2002

  • Solid Waste Association of North America  Gold Award for Landfill Management Excellence for the Metro Park East landfill
  • Under the auspices of ICMA and USAID’s Resource Cities Program, MWA provided assistance in improving hazardous waste management practices in the city of Amman, Jordan

2001

  • American Society of Civil Engineers Iowa Section’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Award in recognition of the Constructed Wetlands Leachate Treatment Facility
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for the Regional Collection Center Master Landscape Plan (Prairie and Constructed Wetlands)
  • Best Public Education Campaign by Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations for the Iowa Tire Initiative
  • Silver ADDY Award by Ad Pros of Des Moines for the Iowa Tire Initiative

2000

  • Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for Special Recognition in Water Quality for the Constructed Wetlands Leachate Treatment Facility
  • Best Workplace Environment Award by Greater Des Moines Partnership for a business with less than 50 employees

1999

  • SWANA Gold Award for Special Waste Management Excellence for MWA’s Regional Collection Center for Household Hazardous Waste