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Spring Cleanup 2017
Every Spring, the City of Johnston hosts a variety of ways for you to improve your home, neighborhood and community. Events include: city-wide curbside pickup of large household items, free shred day, free tire and tree branch disposal, $30 tree sale, and community cleanup of parks and trails.

The 2017 Metro Waste Authority Compost It! season begins April 3. Compost It! season is your opportunity to get rid of yard and garden waste properly and in an environmentally-friendly way. Collection occurs on your normal trash collection day.

Compost It! stickers cost $1.25 per sticker (stickers are used on brush bundles or with store-brand yard waste bags) and Compost It! bags cost $8 per bundle ($1.60 per bag). The Compost It! cart subscription price is $105/year.

Compost It! bags and stickers may be purchased at Johnston City Hall and grocery 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.

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The City of Johnston is once again selling trees to residents at a reduced price!  A pre-sale of $30 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 have not yet been determined. 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 pre-sale event, 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. 

A city-wide Spring Cleanup Event is planned for April 17 and 18.  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 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. 

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, construction materials and concrete.

Weight rule:  If two people can reasonably lift an accepted item, then it will 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!

Hazardous waste materials such as batteries, solvents, paints, railroad ties, concrete, bricks, fertilizer, building materials and appliances are not accepted in the Spring Cleanup Event.

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.


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.