Spring Cleanup 2017
Compost It! Season Begins April 3
The Metro Waste Authority Compost It! season began April 3 and runs through November 28. This is your opportunity to get rid of yard and garden waste in an environmentally-friendly way. Collection occurs on your normal trash collection day. Compost It! bags and stickers may be purchased at Johnston City Hall and grocery and hardware store locations throughout the metro. If you would like to inquire about purchasing a Compost It! cart, please call the City of Johnston Utility Department at 515-727-7772.
City Tree Sale Begins April 11
The City of Johnston is selling trees to residents at the reduced price of $30 per tree. A pre-sale of trees begins on Tuesday, April 11 at 8 am, and can be purchased at Johnston City Hall, located at 6221 Merle Hay Road. The five trees chosen for this year’s sale are Ginko, Hackberry, Bald Cypress “Shawnee Brave,” Flowering Crabapple “Sugar Tyme” and Amur Makia.
Trees will be available for pickup at the Johnston Public Works Department on Saturday, May 6 from 9 to 11 am.
Property owners are allowed to purchase one tree and are encouraged to purchase their tree during the April 11 sale, as the supply is limited. Residents who have pre-ordered a tree will be required to show their receipt as proof of payment. Any trees not picked up during the allotted time will be considered a donation to the city’s tree planting program.
City-Wide Spring Cleanup Event is April 17 + 18
The City of Johnston has a variety of events planned throughout April to help you dust off winter while improving your home, neighborhood and community. Think of all the things you would like to get rid of during an intense spring cleaning: mattresses, couches, tables, chairs, windows, doors, books, old dishes or box springs. The city-wide 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.
Please place your items on the curb by 6 am on April 17 or 18, depending upon which date is your designated trash collection day. Collection may last through April 19 due to the volume of the collection.
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.
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 small home improvement projects, like a few doors or windows, will be allowed. 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 Spring Cleanup Event --- so take advantage of it!
Free Tree Branch & Tire Disposal April 20 through 22
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 4 tires per household.
Tires from businesses are not accepted.
Thursday - 8 am until 8 pm
Friday - 8 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday - 8 am to noon
Join Us for Earth Day Trash Bash on Friday, April 21
Mark your calendars for Friday, April 21 from 1 to 4 pm for the Earth Day Trash Bash! This event is part of a large effort covering 50 project locations throughout Greater Des Moines. Sign up to volunteer to help clean up your community by clicking on this link.
We will pick up trash in places like Lew Clarkson Park, Beaver Creek and Johnston Drive. Join us on April 21!
Shred Your Stuff on Saturday, April 29!
Get rid of your old confidential documents in a safe and secure way at Johnston Public Library’s
FREE Shred Day. THE SHREDDER company will be in the Johnston Public Library parking lot, located at 6700 Merle Hay Road on Saturday, April 29 from 9 am to noon for on-site document destruction.
Please limit material to be shredded to 3 boxes or containers per household that need not be returned. No registration is necessary. This event is sponsored by AARP in conjunction with Money Smart Week.
It’s a great way to recycle and prevent identity theft!
Hazardous Waste Pickup & Drop-Off
The City of Johnston has a program where hazardous materials may be picked up from your doorstep. To get rid of hazardous materials --- things like motor oil, fertilizer, weed killer, antifreeze, aerosol cans and gasoline --- 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.
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.
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.