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The City of Johnston provides water, sewer, stormwater, solid waste, and recycling services for residents and businesses.

Solid Waste
Waste Management, Inc. provides solid waste collection for all single and two-family homes in Johnston. Garbage bins are due curbside by 6 a.m. the day of pick up.  Residents may contact the Utilities Clerk or 515-727-7772 for questions about Solid Waste.
  • Monday - Pick up for residents west of 86th Street
  • Tuesday - Pick up for residents east of 86th Street

To Begin Service
  • Contact the Utilities Clerk at Johnston City Hall, at 515-727-7772.
  • Register with Metro Waste Authority (MWA) for email updates. Residents can sign up to receive emails from MWA that contain helpful tips and pick up delays due to weather or other situations.

Service & Billing
  • Garbage collection is included on your monthly City of Johnston water bill. Three container sizes are available, see Fee Information for current rates.
  • Holiday schedules can be found on the Waste Management website.
  • To report a missed collection or cart maintenance, contact Waste Management at 515-265-5267 or online

Spring Clean Up Days
Spring clean up days are city-wide collection days organized for residents to dispose of large household items. Think of all the things you would like to get rid of during an intense spring cleaning - that is what spring clean up days are for. Check the city calendar and watch the city newsletter for dates.

Special Collections
Not sure what can be thrown away or recycled? Check Metro Waste's Recycling and Disposal Guide for helpful information.
  • Bulky items and large waste will be collected on normal collection days. Include a $1 sticker for each bag, box, or item that does not fit in the collection bin.
  • Contact Waste Management, Inc. at 515-265-5267, to arrange for pick up for appliances or other large items.
  • Stickers for extra garbage, bulky waste, and appliances are available at Hy-Vee, Price Chopper, City Hall and Waste Management, Inc.

Mid American Appliance Recycling Program
A $50 rebate is paid for each qualified refrigerator or freezer, and a $25 rebate is paid for each qualified window air conditioner. Additional information is available or you may contact MidAmerican Energy 800-621-2757.

Hazardous Waste, Electronics Disposals, & Other Landfill Services
Residents may use local landfills and services to dispose of items not included in regular solid waste removal. Access Metro Waste Authority for information regarding rates, services, locations, and more.

The City of Johnston has a new way to get rid of hazardous waste --- things like motor oil, fertilizer, weed killer, antifreeze, aerosol cans and gasoline.  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. 


Here's what you do:

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.