Comm OutreachIn some ways, Metro Waste Authority is working to put ourselves out of business; Our core business, at least! The agency was originally formed to manage a landfill in Polk County. We manage waste from a holistic, environmental perspective. The more we can recycle, the less waste goes into the landfill. We’re much more than a landfill, and we’re glad you came too check us out! 

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We want to help others help the environment, which is why Metro Waste Authority has provided nearly $1 million to our member communities through grants for cleanups, waste reduction, and diversion since 2001. The grant program offers a reimbursement to schools, public and private groups/clubs, and neighborhood associations for projects with an environmental focus located in our service area.


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Metro Waste Authority has demonstrated a Paintstrong commitment to the revitalization of Des Moines’ Eastern Gateway. First choosing to lease space for our headquarters in the 1990’s, to building a contemporary, mixed-use office building that helped spur economic growth in the early 2000’s; we have a history of investing in the vitality of the East Village.