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.

2019 Magnets are available at City Hall. Click for larger image.

Trash / Recycling

Spring Cleanup 2019 - Curbside Pick up

  • The annual Grimes Spring cleanup is scheduled for Thursday May 9th, Friday May 10th, Saturday May 11th. There is a different day for each part of town. Check map to see which day your pickup will be on. All items must be placed at the curb by 6:00 am. The collection vehicles will make one pass down each residential street. This cleanup is for residential only. Place material at edge of street in a bag, box, containerized or tied in bundles no more than 4 feet in length or weigh over 40 lbs. Loose piles of trash will not be picked up. Business and residents that operate a business out of their home or anyone with excessive waste, must contact Waste Connections for a special collection. 
  • All large items (swing sets, play equipment, etc.) must be dismantled to the point that it can be handled by one person.
  • Items that will not be collected during spring cleanup include; Appliances, yard waste, brush, tires, vehicles and/or major auto parts, waste oil, paint, flammables, batteries, solvents, household hazardous waste, railroad ties, large piles of building materials, concrete, brick or block. Hazardous waste, such as paint, oil, etc. can be disposed of at the Metro Waste Authority’s Regional Collection Center. Please refer to their website ( or the recycling guide in your phone book for further details.

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Yard Waste / Appliance / Scrap Tire Drop off

  • Scrap Tires - Monday May 6th through Saturday May 11th from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at the City Shop, located at 1700 SE Destination Drive (The old FedEx building).
  • Yard Waste - Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th from 7:30am to 4:00pm.
  • The City will provide dumpsters for yard waste and tire drop off.
  • Appliances - Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th form 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. White goods such as refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water heaters, and freezers will be accepted free of charge.
  • You must be a Grimes resident  to participate.
  • Each resident is limited to 5 scrap tires. Passenger vehicle or truck tires only (no tractor tires). Tires must be removed from the rims.
  • Accepted items include tree branches, leaves, and residential yard waste.
  • No compost bags or stickers are required.

Document Shredding

Document Shredding will be available free of charge on Saturday May 11th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Grimes Public Library parking lot. 200 N James Street. Limit 3 boxes per household. Must be a Grimes Resident, no businesses.


All questions should be directed to, Public Works Director, Weston Wunder at