Watch Out for the HAZARDS of Spring Cleaning

posted 2/22/2017

Take Hazardous Materials to a Drop-Off for Safe Disposal

The first signs of spring often conjure up the urge to freshen things up and declutter what has accumulated over time in our homes. Dealing with old household cleaners, paint, stain, and other common chemicals around the house isn’t so refreshing, however. When an item is considered hazardous, proper disposal is important for the health and safety of your family, as well as the environment.

Des Moines Metro residents have two free, convenient and safe disposal options for hazardous materials:

  1. The Northwest Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Grimes
    The Northwest Drop-Off opens for the season March 11 and is open the second Saturday of the month, from 8 a.m. to Noon through December. The Drop-Off is located just 1 ½ miles NW of interstate 80/35 and Hwy 141. hours and accepted items.
  2. The Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Bondurant 
    The Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off is open year-round Tues. through Fri. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the first and third Saturdays each month from 8 a.m. to Noon. The facility is located half-mile north of I-80 on Highway 65. See hours and accepted items

Be on the Lookout for these Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials have labels that say flammable, toxic, corrosive, or keep out of reach of children. Items like oil, gas, antifreeze, pesticides, fertilizers, florescent light bulbs, furniture polish and household cleaners contain hazardous ingredients and should be taken to a Drop-Off rather than put in the regular trash. Find out why proper disposal is important here.

Most household hazardous items are accepted free of charge (up to 75 pounds) from residents at Hazardous Waste Drop-Off locations. Latex paint is accepted for a charge of $1/gallon or $5/five-gallon container.

Drop-Off BONUS! Bring your Recycling Too!

In addition to accepting hazardous waste, free recycling drop-off containers are also available at both Drop-Off locations. Cardboard, paper, plastic bottles and other items accepted in the curbside program are accepted. View a full list of accepted materials.