City Hall: 515.986.3036

Metro Waste
Authority: 515.244.0021

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.

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

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

Aluminum is recycled in Tennessee to make new beverage containers.

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

Plastics 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.


2022 Magnets will soon be available at City Hall.
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Trash / Recycling

Solid Waste

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 if you are south of HWY 44 and Tuesdays north of HWY 44.
For questions regarding garbage pickup call Metro Waste Authority at 515.244.0021

Extra Trash: If you have bags of trash that will not fit in your can, they will require a $1 sticker available at City Hall.

How to dispose of household hazardous waste  (PDF)


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 if you are south of HWY 44 or Tuesday if you are north of HWY 44 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 (515) 244-0021.

Do you have extra cardboard?  We now have a dumpster that residents of Grimes can use to dispose of cardboard. It is located at the City Maintenance Shop, 1700 SE Destination Drive. Please note that this dumpster is for cardboard only.

Yard Waste

2021 Compost it! Season:  April 5th to November 27th.

Yard waste collection south of 1st ST is on Mondays and north of 1st ST is on Tuesdays, (same day as your trash pickup).

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 April 5th through November 27th, 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 $1.80 each, or $9.00 for a bundle of five.

Compost It! stickers are $1.50 each.

* 40-pound limit per bag

Cart Service

Yard Waste Cart Basics

A Compost It! cart is on wheels, just like your Curb It! cart, making it a convenient alternative to yard waste bags. Simply wheel it to the curb on garbage day during Compost It! season. The 96-gallon cart can hold the equivalent of three yard waste bags, but you can always use the Bags & Sticker program if your yard waste exceeds the cart's capacity.

Consider a cart if:

  • You purchase more than 68 bags a year.
  • You garden, bag grass clippings, have a lot of trees or don't want to hassle with bags.

First-time Enrollment
New customers pay a one-time fee of $53 for the cart. First-time participants also pay an annual service fee of $105 to cover the cost of collection and to process the material. Residents should come to City Hall to get enrolled.

Annual Renewal
Each year, residents pay for the upcoming season and receive a new sticker for the cart, indicating the service is current. The sticker is $105 and covers the collection and processing costs. Existing customers can renew online now, but stickers won't be mailed out until February.

Missing or Broken Carts
If your cart is lost, stolen, or broken, please contact Metro Waste Authority, 515.244.0021.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous materials are used in day-to-day life without even giving it a second thought. When you care for your home and lawn, you often use hazardous products.

Often the labels read toxic, corrosive, reactive, flammable or keep out of reach of children. When you read this on a container, dispose of it in the safe and smart way.

These items aren't your regular trash. Protect yourself, your family and your environment by getting rid of them the right way.

From nail polish remover to cleaning products to lawn fertilizer, hazardous products are used in day-to-day life. Just read the labels. Do you see the words toxic, corrosive, reactive, flammable? Or worse yet, keep out of reach of children? Not only can these products poison people and pets if not safely stored, they can contaminate our water, air and land if disposed of improperly.

For information on how to safely dispose of hazardous waste, visit Metro Waste Authority's Hazardous Waste Drop-off Page:

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site Comes to Grimes: Grimes residents have a new, convenient option for getting rid of household hazardous waste. A permanent Hazardous Waste Drop-Off is located at Metro Waste Authority's Metro Northwest Transfer Station in Grimes. The site is 1.5 miles northwest of I-80/35 and Hwy 141. Drop-Off will be open the second Saturday of each month from March thru December from 8am to Noon. Residents can bring up to 75 pounds of common household hazardous materials free of charge. Click here for Details (PDF)


Free Cardboard Disposal: There are containers available at the corner of SE 6th Street and SE Main Street, (near the Community Complex), 1700 SE Destination DR (Public Works Building). If these containers are full, there is also one located at 4105 SE Beiser DR (MWA Transfer Station). These containers only accept cardboard and are availible 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Contact Information

City Hall:  515.986.3036
Metro Waste Authority:  515.244.0021