Spring 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 Spring 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. The average Johnston household pays around $6 per year (included in your monthly utility bill) for this Spring Cleanup Event, so take advantage of it! If you live in an apartment, condo, or townhome with private trash collection, you may not be a part of the Spring Cleanup Event. Please contact your association or management to find out.

For more guidance on what items can go at the curb, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com/springcleanup or call Metro Waste Authority at (515) 244-0021.

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2021 Spring Cleanup Guide
 Box Spring Appliances
Mattress Dirt or sod
 Books Printer
 Chairs Television
 Doors  Yard waste
 Old dishes  Windows
 Tables  Broken glass
 Couch  Concrete
 Computer monitor  Landscape material (railroad ties)
 Carpet (must be cut into 4 foot x 18 inch diameter rolls)  Logs, limbs and trees

Weight Rule - Will it Fit?

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.

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!

Will it Fit? Spring Cleanup
Hazardous Waste Pickup & Drop-Off Information
To get rid of hazardous waste, such as lawn and garden chemicals, latex paint for $1 per gallon or $5 per five-gallon bucket, or other cleaners, Johnston residents have three options. Visit the mwatoday.com/Johnston for more information.

First, we’ve teamed up with Metro Waste Authority for house side pickup of these items. Using this program ensures these items are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner.

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Second, residents may visit the northwest household hazardous waste drop-off site in Grimes, located at 4105 SE Beisser Drive. They are open Tuesday through Thursday by appointment, or the second Saturday of the month (March through December) from 8 a.m. to noon. Please call (515) 244-0021 to make an appointment.

Finally, residents may also visit the metro hazardous waste facility located at 1105 Prairie Drive SW in Bondurant. They’re open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Please call (515) 244-0021 for more information.

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

Free Tree Branch & Tire Disposal

Johnston residents can drop off branches, limbs and passenger vehicle tires at the Public Works Facility, located at 6400 NW Beaver Drive, at no cost.

  • Please bring your ID for proof of residency.
  • Branches cannot be larger than 18 inches in diameter. Tree debris will be turned into mulch.
  • Tires must be off the rim; limit four tires per household.
  • Tires from businesses are not accepted.
Drop-off Hours
  • Thursday, Apr. 22: 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Apr. 23: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Apr. 24: 8 a.m. to noon