New Location to Get Rid of Household Hazardous Waste

posted 2/3/2016

Central Iowans have a new, safe option for getting rid of residential hazardous materials. A Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off will be located on site at Metro Waste Authority’s new Metro Northwest Transfer Station in Grimes. Located just 1.5 miles northwest of I-80/35 and Hwy. 141, the convenient location and regular hours is good news for near-by residents.

The first opportunity to drop-off unused household hazardous material at the new location is Sat., Feb. 13, 2016 from 8 a.m. - Noon. Subsequently, the Northwest Drop-Off will be open from 8 a.m. to Noon, the second Saturday of the month, from March thru December.

Until now, the western suburbs were without a convenient hazardous waste drop-off site with consistent hours. While the new location will offer convenience to many, safety and environmental protection are other key benefits. The site is designed for the acceptance of hazardous materials, so it’s equipped with safeguards to protect people and the environment.

Accepted Items

Residents can bring up to 75 pounds of unused household hazardous materials to the Northwest Drop-Off free of charge. Common items like motor oil, antifreeze, cleaners, oil based paint and fluorescent light bulbs are accepted. Additionally, latex paint is accepted at $1/gallon.

Items not accepted at the site include computers, electronics and medication. View a full list of accepted and non-accepted items.

Additional Hazardous Waste Disposal Options

  • The Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, located in Bondurant, accepts hazardous waste year-round and offers additional recycling opportunities.
  • Des Moines residents can get rid of hazardous waste items at SCRUB Events, coordinated by the City of Des Moines Public Works. 

For more information about the Northwest Drop-Off or safe, smart household hazardous waste disposal go to