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. 

Environmental Learning Center

Reserve Facility

About the Facility

Metro Waste Authority converted this farm property, located on the southeast corner of Metro Park East Landfill, into a learning center for environmental education. Through a partnership with SE Polk School District and Drake University, this locations hosts learning opportunities for teachers and students. The Environmental Learning Center is host to Drake University's Summer Camp and SE Polk's science classes.

Physical Address

11802 SE 6th Avenue
Runnells, IA 50237
Mailing Address 11730 SE 6th Avenue
Mitchellville, IA 50169

Approaching From the West: Take the East University (IA Hwy 163 E) exit off of I-235. Continue on IA Hwy 163 E past the State Fair Grounds and SE Polk High School. Turn right on NE 112th Street (IA Hwy 316) to SE 6th Avenue (just before crossing over Camp Creek).  Turn left on SE 6th Avenue. The Environmental Learning Center is on the left.

Approaching  From the East: Take the IA Hwy 117 S Exit (Colfax, Prairie City) off I-80. Continue on Hwy 117 S through Colfax to Prairie City. In Prairie City, follow 117 S to where it merges with IA Hwy 163 W. Highway 163 W to NE 112th Street (IA Hwy 316). Turn left on NE 112th Street to SE 6th Avenue. Turn left on SE 6th Avenue. The Environmental Learning Center is on the left.