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Spring Cleanup Information
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, $25 tree sale, and community cleanup of parks and trails. Plans are in the works for 2017.  Please refer back to this page in January 2017 for updated information. In the meantime, here are current ways to get ride of hazardous materials and yard waste:

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.

Compost It! Season for Yard Waste is Now Underway

The 2016 Metro Waste Authority Compost It! season runs through November 22.  Compost It! season 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 participating grocery stores and hardware stores throughout the metro.  If you would like to inquire about purchasing a Compost It! cart, please call the City of Johnston Utility Department at 727-7772.

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