Solid Waste, Yard Waste & Recycling

Solid Waste Garbage Recycling Yard Waste

Solid waste collection service is available to West Des Moines residents living in single family homes up to and including 4-plex units. 


 Spring CleanUp Button

Click on this photo to learn about West Des Moines' Annual Spring Clean-Up event!



6.02.20 Update!  Spring Clean-Up will now take place in West Des Moines on resident's' regular garbage collection day during the week of July 20 - 24.

Spring Clean-Up Note:

Please be mindful: 

If items are not hauled away by the spring cleanup crew because they are unacceptable (eg. appliances, tires), or if they are not at the curb by 6:00 AM the day of pick-up, it is the resident’s responsibility to properly dispose of these items using normal solid waste guidelines.  This also applies to unfortunate incidences of items being dropped off by others.

 Residents are responsible for all items on their property.


Metro Waste Authority administers the City’s residential solid waste disposal.  MWA’s website is the recommended source of information on the many different aspects of solid waste including: 

  Garbage      Household Hazardous Waste        Recycling        Yard Waste   

Visiting Metro Waste Authority - WDM will take you directly to the waste collection information relating to West Des Moines.


 Question!  "How Do I Get Rid Of . . . . .(for example, a "vehicle") . . . ?

    1. Visit: Metro Waste Authority at: 
    2. In the “Search” box, type in your item (for example, “VEHICLE”)
    3. Options for disposal are listed for your convenience!

vehicle, donation, wheels

Here's a link to options on how to dispose of a “VEHICLE” for a good cause!
Wheels for Wishes is an organization that will take old and broken
vehicles and auction them to donate to Make-A-Wish Iowa.


Click on me!



Selecting the following links will provide you with further information on solid waste topics for West Des Moines residents:

Hazardous Waste Pick-Up At Your Door 

Holiday Collection Schedule


Scrap Appliance & Metal Dropoff 
Scrap Tire Dropoff Event

Solid Waste Collection

Spring Cleanup 

Yard Waste


Special Solid Waste Events are scheduled throughout the year to assist residents in disposing of appliances, tires, and household items.  Please select this link for a list: 

2020 Solid Waste Events 

deer in the road

Deer are beautiful to watch; unfortunately, they sometimes collide with vehicles on City roadways. To report a deer that needs to be picked up, call the Police Department Animal Control at 222-3364.          

 Cart Placement

Cart Placement

Your cart should be within 18 inches of the curb with the short metal bar facing the street. Tips for placement:

• Do not place the cart near low hanging branches.

• To avoid damage to public and private property, place the cart at least 6 feet away from mailboxes, lamp posts and other permanent structures.


And one more helpful link:  Who Do You Contact With A Solid Waste Question?




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