Spring Clean-up

City-Wide Spring Cleanup Event is April 15 and 16
The brochure of what is accepted and what is not is available here (PDF).

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 Clean-up 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 a.m. on April 15 or 16, depending upon which date is your designated trash collection day. The collection may last through April 17 due to the volume.

If you live in an apartment, condo or townhome with private trash collection, you may not be a part of the Spring Clean-up 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 Clean-up Event --- so take advantage of it!
Free Tree Branch & Tire Disposal April 18 through 20
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.

Drop-off Hours:
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon

Earth Day Trash Bash - Friday, April 19
Mark your calendars for Friday, April 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. 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 19! 

Shred your Stuff - Saturday, April 27
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 27 from 9 a.m. 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 Information
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.