How to get rid of hazardous household waste in Des Moines

When you’re cleaning out and decluttering around your home, you’re bound to run across some household items you aren’t sure you should throw in the trash. Things like cleaning supplies, paint, batteries and light bulbs are just a few of the things that aren’t safe to throw in the regular trash.

So before you toss something, check the label. If it says “toxic”, “hazardous”, “flammable” or any other word that indicates it could be dangerous, it shouldn’t be thrown in the regular trash. Not only could it be bad for the environment, but it could affect the water supply, cause a fire, or combine with other chemicals to form a toxic gas.

Hazardous Waste Collection in the Des Moines area

In the Des Moines area, getting rid of hazardous waste is easy. Metro Waste Authority has two local collection sites, as well as curbside pick up in some communities.

If you’re wondering if your specific item(s) are accepted, check out Metro Waste’s instructions and list of approved items. Not only do they collect hazardous household waste, but also some small appliances and other household items as well.

Fees for disposal vary. Check the list of accepted items for details on costs for your item(s).


Metro Hazardous Waste Drop Off
1105 Prairie Drive
Bondurant, Iowa 50035

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1:00-5:00 pm
1st & 3rd Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Northwest Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
4105 SE Beisser Dr.
Grimes, Iowa 50111

Hours: 2nd Saturday of the month (March-December) 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
By appt. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (call 515-967-5512)

Whether you’re selling or buying a home, the process can feel intimidating and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to. At Coluzzi Real Estate, we answer all your questions and simplify the process. We’re here for you every step of the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today!


About the Author:

Amanda has lived in the Des Moines area since 1999, where she and her husband have bought and sold a handful of homes over the years, including a recent flip. Amanda enjoys writing, obsesses about personal finance and is fond of looking at houses. She loves sharing useful tips and info to make life easier for anyone wanting to buy or sell a home. In her spare time, Amanda cherishes time with her family, volunteers with IHYC, gardens, hikes, and practices TaeKwonDo. You can read more of her writing at whywemoney.com