Posted on March 12, 2021

compost it

The Compost It! program picks up yard waste throughout the Metro. Curbside collection through the Compost It! program starts for the season on April 5, 2021. The program accepts small twigs and branches, leaves and lawn clippings, as well as any garden vegetation. Just avoid dirt, mulch, rocks, and food waste! 

There are a variety of ways you can get your yard waste collected curbside:  

Tag it: Brush bundles and store-brand bags require a green Compost It! sticker for collection. Bundles can be no larger than four feet long by 18 inches in diameter. 

Bag it: Put loose yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, and garden vegetation in Compost it! bags or store-brand bags with a green Compost It! sticker. 

Wheel it: Throw everything in your Compost It! cart and take it to the curb by 6AM on your regular collection day. If you’re wondering what all this cart business is about, see if it would be a good fit for you! 

Retailers sell Compost It! bags and stickers throughout the Metro. For curbside collection, use Compost It! brand yard waste bags or stickers. When using store-brand bags, a green Compost It! sticker must be added for collection. 

The following communities participate in the Compost It! program: Altoona, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights. 

Yard waste is also accepted year-round at Metro Park East or Metro Park West Landfills.