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. 


  • Compost

    Metro Waste Authority makes high-quality Grow Gold CompostĀ® from yard waste in Central Iowa. You can purchase compost in bulk or in bags at one of our locations.

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  • Garbage

    Garbage collection varies by community. This section provides an overview of how it's offered in Central Iowa and how to get rid of large items through stickers.

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  • Recycling

    Curb It! is the program for residential bi-weekly recycling collection in most communities in Central Iowa. NOTE: Des Moines residents have a blue cart. The same rules apply, but Des Moines Public Works manages collection.

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  • Yard Waste

    Most communities in Central Iowa offer the Compost It! program to help residents conveniently dispose of yard and garden waste from the curb. The landfill does not accept yard waste, so it doesn't belong in the garbage. Yard Waste is picked up weekly during Compost It! season.

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  • Hazardous Waste

    Hazardous materials are used in day-to-day life without even giving it a second thought. When you care for your home and lawn, you often use hazardous products. Learn how you can safely dispose or recycle this items.

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  • Collection FAQ

    Is there garbage collection on holidays? Can I set my garbage and recycling carts side by side? Get the answers to frequently asked questions about garbage, recycling and yard waste collection.

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