City Hall: 515.986.3036

Waste Connections: 515.265.7374

Metro Waste
Authority: 515.244.0021

Management: 515.244.7336

Where does your recycling end up?

Mixed Paper
goes to Louisiana to make boxes, or to Minneapolis to make the paperboard for General Mills cereal boxes.

is shipped to Mexico and made into Mexican newspapers or UPS overnight mailers.

is recycled in Illinois and made into rebar and structural steel.

is recycled in Tennessee to make new beverage containers.

is sent to Colorado to make Coors bottles, or to Oklahoma to make other food and beverage containers.

go to an Alabama manufacturer that makes car battery cases and paint containers, as well as other plastic parts for the auto industry.

Other Plastics
are made into green strapping in Kentucky or are used in carpeting.

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2014 Curb It! Collection Calendar Magnets are available at City Hall. Or click on picture for larger image.

Trash / Recycling

Spring Cleanup Day: Saturday May 17th

Solid Waste

The City of Grimes contracts Waste Connections for solid waste pickup. Garbage billing is included on your monthly water bill and residents should contact the Grimes City Hall to begin service. Garbage pickup is on Mondays.

Waste Connections' New Automated Trash Guidelines (PDF):  Waste Connections will be providing new 96 gallon trash carts starting November 12th - 17th.


The City of Grimes participates in the Curb it!  Recycle and Roll Program.

  • Grimes uses green wheeled carts and the small, handheld 18-gallon bins will no longer be collected.
  • Collection is Monday of every other week. The calendar sticker on the lid of the cart will help you remember which week is the collection week.
  • Keep 3 feet between your recycling cart and your garbage cart and yard bags so that the truck arm has enough room to grab and dump the carts.
  • The recycling sticker on the cart lists what can be recycled, or go to for a more complete listing.
  • If your pick up is missed, or if you don't have a cart, please call 24-GREEN (244-7336).

Yard Waste

The first day for Compost-it! yard waste pickup is Monday March 31, 2014.

The City of  Grimes also participates in the Compost it! program for yard waste disposal. Bags and stickers can be purchased at City Hall. Compost It! pickup is always on Monday unless it's a holiday.
The Compost It! program recycles yard waste discarded from single-family and multifamily dwellings. The program is in place from March through November, weather-dependent.

Acceptable Materials
Compost It! recyclable materials include debris such as:

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Brush

Materials not accepted by Compost It! include:

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic flower pots
  • Stumps
  • Stone
  • Concrete
  • Building materials or other non-organic waste


You can recycle your yard waste by:

  1. Placing yard waste into Compost It! bags*,

  2. Placing yard waste into store-brand paper bags (such as Lowe's, Hy-Vee or Yardmaster) and attaching a Compost It! sticker to each bag*,

  3. Or, attaching Compost It! stickers to brush bundles that are too large to fit in the bags. Bundles of brush must be no more than 18 inches in diameter and no more than 4 feet long. Bundles cannot weigh more than 40 pounds. Individual branches in bundles must be no more than 2 inches in diameter. Each bundle of brush needs a Compost It! sticker attached to it.

Compost It! yard waste can then be placed at the curb for pick-up or dropped off at the Metro Park East Landfill with no charge.

Compost It! bags are $1.55 each, or $7.75 for a bundle of five.

Compost It! stickers are $1.20 each.

* 40-pound limit per bag


City Hall:  515.986.3036
Waste Connections:  515.265.7374
Metro Waste Authority:  515.244.0021
Waste Management:  515.244.7336