Metro Waste Authority has demonstrated a strong 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.


A mural painted with recycled paint.No Action Too Small

This mural art was commissioned to inspire through its abstract child-like drawings and to
educate the public on recycling and protecting the earth. Artist Chris Vance completed the three-
story image in two weeks, using recycled paint collected at Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off.


A sculpture made from discarded metal.In-the-Loop

Made from discarded metal found at Metro Park East Landfill and local scrap yards, the sculpture challenges a person’s perception of “trash” and reflects the cyclical loops of sustainable practices. Artist and Urban Designer Dennis Reynolds was commissioned to create a piece to reflect our vision of no wasted resources.


Turning Trash Into ArtArt exhibit

Along with investing and displaying art made of recycled materials, we set out into the community to encourage others to do the same! Have you seen us at an art festival in your area? We want to show you how typical household trash can be used to make art! We'll even give you some green tips and answer your burning recycling questions while we're at it.