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. 

Public Art

Using Art to Share an Environmental Message

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; we have a history of investing in the vitality of the East Village.

No Action Too Small

This mural art was commissioned to inspire through its abstract child-like drawings and to educate the public on recycling and protecting the earth. Artist Chris Vance completed the three-story image in two weeks, using recycled paint collected at Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off.


Made from discarded metal found at Metro Park East Landfill and local scrap yards, the sculpture challenges a person’s perception of “trash” and reflects the cyclical loops of sustainable practices. Artist and Urban Designer Dennis Reynolds was commissioned to create a piece to reflect our vision of no wasted resources.