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Posted on October 02, 2023

Yard Waste Ending

Curbside collection of yard waste through the Compost It! program will end for the season the week of November 20, 2023,  on your regular collection day.

The program accepts small twigs and branches, leaves and lawn clippings, as well as any garden vegetation. Just avoid dirt, mulch, rocks, and food.

To have your yard waste collected until the end of the season, be sure to tag it, bag it, or wheel it:

  • Tag it: Brush bundles and store-brand bags require a green Compost It! sticker for collection. Brush bundles can be no larger than 4 feet long by 18 inches in diameter.
  • Bag it: Put loose yard waste such as lawn clippings, leaves, and garden vegetation in Compost It! bags or store-brand bags with a green Compost It! sticker. Compost It! bags and stickers are sold at many local grocery, home improvement, and convenience stores.
  • Wheel it: If you’ve enrolled in the Compost It! cart service, toss everything in your cart and take it to the curb on your normal collection day.

Iowa weather always keeps us guessing, so if you have yard waste left after November, you’ll have one more chance to have it collected. Winter collection will occur January 1-12, 2024 on your regular collection day. During winter collection, regular yard waste as well as live Christmas trees can be disposed of curbside.

As a reminder, collection is delayed by one day the week of New Year’s Day due to the holiday.

Year-round yard waste disposal is also available at Metro Park East Landfill or Metro Park West Landfill.


Cities participating in the Compost It! program include Altoona, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines*, Grimes, Johnston, Mitchellville, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights.

*Yard waste is picked up year-round in the city of Des Moines.