Curbside collection is NOT delayed due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All MWA facilities are open regular business hours.

Recycling Tours

See Where Recyclables are Sorted

Ever wonder what happens to all those recyclables once your green Curb It! cart is emptied? Take a tour and see for yourself!

Metro Waste Authority offers tours of the Curb It! recycling facility operated by Mid America Recycling. More than 28,000 tons of materials are recycled from more than 148,000 Des Moines Metro households each year at the facility. 

What To Expect

Tours include a presentation about what makes something recyclable, why recycling is important and where our recyclables go after they are sorted. Participants then walk through the facility and see first-hand how mechanical processes, technology and people sort the recyclables so they can be sold for reuse.

Tours are approximately one hour and are free of charge.

2018 Tour Date (Register below)

Monday, May 21 from 10 - 11 a.m. 

Wednesday, May 23 from 1 - 2 p.m. 

What to Wear

We recommend wearing casual clothes, and closed-toed shoes are required. The facility has many large, open doors so it is best to dress weather appropriate.

Age Requirement

As a safety precaution, tour attendees must be at least 14 years old.


Mid America Recycling | Map
2742 E. Market St.
Des Moines, IA 50317

Online Registration


Tour Dates & TimesMonday, May 21 from 10-11 a.m.
Wednesday, May 23 from 1-2 p.m.
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