Citywide Cleanup

The spring cleanup event will be held on Monday, Apr. 19 (if you live west of 86th St.) and Tuesday, Apr. 20 (if you live east of 86th St.)

Please place your items on the curb by 6 a.m., depending upon which date is your designated trash collection day. 

The Citywide Cleanup event allows residents to dispose of large household items on their regular trash collection day at no additional charge. All smaller items must be placed in bags or boxes. Think of all the things you would like to get rid of during an intense cleaning: mattresses, couches, tables, chairs, doors, books, old dishes, or box springs. 

If you live in an apartment, condo, or town-home with private trash collection, you may not be a part of the clean-up event. Please contact your association or management to find out.

The total amount of debris on your curb must fit into the size of a flatbed truck, roughly 8 ft x 5.5 ft x 3 ft. Extra debris will not be collected.

Items not accepted in the collection include appliances, yard waste, tires, electronic waste, hazardous waste, drywall, broken glass, and concrete. Items from large construction projects will not be picked up.

Weight rule: 
If two people can reasonably lift an accepted item, then it will be collected. Heavier items will not be collected. The average Johnston household pays around $6 per year (included in your monthly utility bill) for this Clean-up event, so take advantage of it!

For more guidance on what items can go at the curb, visit

Hazardous Waste Pickup & Drop-Off Information
The City of Johnston has a program where hazardous materials may be picked up from your doorstep. To get rid of hazardous materials - motor oil, fertilizer, weed killer, antifreeze, aerosol cans and gasoline, please follow these steps:

1. Please fill out this form.
2. Visit Johnston City Hall, 6221 Merle Hay Road, during normal business hours to pay $25 (cash or check only) and receive two red bins.
3. Take the bins home and fill them up with hazardous waste.
4. Call 515.333.4434 to schedule your pickup.
5. Set the bins at your front door on day of scheduled pickup.

There are two more ways to get rid of hazardous waste:

1. Please visit one of the monthly Northwest Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events in Grimes.

A permanent Hazardous Waste Drop-Off is located at the Metro Northwest Transfer Station in Grimes. The site is 1.5 miles northwest of I80/35 and Highway 141. Drop-Off is open the second Saturday in the months of March through December from 8 a.m. to Noon.
Until now, the western suburbs were without a convenient hazardous waste drop-off site with consistent hours. While the new site offers many benefits, improved environmental protection is near the top of the list. The site is designed for the acceptance of hazardous materials, so it’s equipped with safeguards to protect the ground water and the environment.

Bring up to 75 pounds of common household hazardous materials free of charge, including motor oil and filters, antifreeze, fertilizers, batteries, hazardous cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), rust removers, oil and lead based paints and more. In addition, latex paint is accepted for a fee of $1 per gallon or $5 per five gallons.

For a complete list of accepted and non-accepted materials and more information about the Northwest Drop-Off location visit this web page.

2. You may also visit the metro hazardous waste facility located at 1105 Prairie Drive SW in Bondurant during business hours. They’re open Tuesday - Friday from 1 to 5 pm and Saturday from 8 am to noon. Call 967-5512 for more information.