Curbside Yard Waste Collection

posted 3/24/2020

Have yard waste you need to get rid of? Here's how to Compost It! The program accepts small twigs and branches, leaves and lawn clippings, as well as any garden vegetation. Just avoid dirt, mulch, rocks, and food.

The Compost It! name covers the cost of collection. Residents can use the program two easy ways:  

  1. Bags & Stickers: Purchase Compost It! bags (no sticker required), or purchase green Compost It! stickers to adhere to store-brand bags. Compost It! stickers are required for each brush bundle. Bags and stickers are sold at many local grocery, home improvement, and convenience stores. A complete list of vendors is available at
  1. Cart service: Participants who enroll in the Compost It! cart service receive a 96-gallon cart on wheels, which makes it even more convenient to transport yard and garden waste to the curb. First-time participants must enroll with their city hall or public works to purchase a container, and pay $105 for the annual sticker fee. Online service renewal is available at or visit your city hall.

The following cities participate in the Compost It! program: Altoona, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk CIty, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights.

For more information, please call 515.244.0021.