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. Yard Waste is picked up weekly during Compost It! season.

NOTE: Residents who live in communities that do not offer Compost It!, such as Ankeny, should call their garbage hauler for collection options.

Two Collection Options for Residents

Residents can use the Compost It! program one of two ways - or use both!

Bag & Sticker Program

Cart Service
Purchase Compost It! bags or green Compost It! stickers and attach them to store-brand bags and brush bundles. 

Learn where to purchase bags and stickers.

Subscribe to the annual cart service and enjoy the convenience of a 96-gallon cart. 


2017 Compost It! Season

Regular Season* April 3 to Dec. 1, 2017
Winter Collection Jan. 2 to Jan. 12, 2018

*Yard waste is accepted at Metro Park East Landfill year-round. If it’s brought in Compost It! bags, or with appropriate stickers, it is free of charge year-round. Otherwise, there is a disposal fee.


Recycling Yard Waste into Compost

Yard waste is not accepted as garbage at most Iowa landfills, including Metro Park East Landfill, so these materials do not belong in your garbage cart.

Yard waste collected through the Compost It! program is taken to the Compost Center at Metro Park East Landfill. Residents and businesses can also deliver yard waste directly to the site. Lawn and garden debris creates compost, a natural soil conditioner.



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