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. 

Community Resources

  • Event Recycling Stands

    Be sure to recycle at your next event. Our recycling stands and event recycling guidance make it easy.

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  • Adopt A Street

    West Des Moines Residents: Learn how you can keep your neighborhood streets litter-free by adopting a street to clean up.

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  • Green Talks

    Do you have a group of 10 or more that would like to learn more about recycling or other green topics? Learn how to request a presentations from Metro Waste Authority.

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  • Environmental Management System

    Our Environmental Management System (EMS) empowers every employee to become an environmental steward. Objectives are set each year to address significant impacts and achieve continuous improvement in the six focus areas. Our progress on the objectives is reported to the the Iowa Department of Natural Resources annually.

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  • Grants

    Metro Waste Authority has provided nearly $1 million to its member communities through grants for clean-ups, waste reduction and diversion. The grant program offers a reimbursement to schools, public and private groups/clubs and neighborhood associations for projects with an environmental focus.

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  • Cleanup Supplies

    Are you planning a litter cleanup? Let our litter grabbers, leather gloves and safety vests keep your volunteers safe and happy while doing the job.

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  • Public Art

    Metro Waste Authority has demonstrated a strong commitment to the revitalization of Des Moines' Eastern Gateway. First choosing to lease space for our headquarters in the 1990's to building a contemporary, mixed-use office building that helped spur economic growth in the early 2000's; the agency has a history of investing in the vitality of the East Village.

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  • Landfill Tours

    Landfill and Recycling tours are offered to the public periodically. If none are listed, stay in touch through Weekly Emails, Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Renewable Energy Plant

    This energy plant is a joint-venture between Metro Waste Authority, Waste Management and MidAmerica Energy to create energy from garbage.

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  • Educator Resources

    Resources Metro Waste Authority offers for educators.

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Water Station

Des Moines Water Works offers DSM H2GO for event planners. Promote bringing your own water bottle to the event and have them fill up their bottles quickly and conveniently. Learn more.