Grimes, IA

Got Trash? Drop It Off w/ Metro Waste Authority on March 13

Kimberly Ritter

Are you spring cleaning in central Iowa and need somewhere to dispose of trash, recycling and other waste? If so, be sure to take advantage of Metro Waste Authority's 2nd Saturday drop off in Grimes, Iowa this weekend.

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It's time for spring cleaning and if you're like many families, chances are you have some extra trash that you need to dispose of as you clean things out after a long year of social distancing at home. If you have large items, hazardous items or recycling, a drop off event in Grimes, Iowa is available this weekend to help you with your clean up plans.

Metro Waste Authority has invited local residents to visit their residential drop-off facility in Grimes, starting March 13th from 8 AM – Noon. Conveniently located at their Metro Northwest Transfer Station. Residents are able to drop-off residential garbage, get rid of household hazardous waste, drop-off recyclables, or purchase compost. Learn more:

Residents are welcome to visit this Residential Drop-Off facitity on Saturday, March 13th, from 8 AM – Noon, conveniently located at the Metro Northwest Transfer Station at 4105 SE Beisser Drive in Grimes, just a half-mile west of IA-Hwy 141. Additional Second Saturdays drop off events will be held through November.

They will be open the 2nd Saturday of March from 8 AM - Noon, with the following services available:

  • Residential Garbage Drop-Off
    Do you have large items such as furniture? These items that would normally require a large item or extra trash sticker at the curb for pickup, can now be brought to the drop-off location instead, for a fee.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off  
    Cleaning out your garage, basement or shed and have hazardous items that you need to dispose of? During this drop off event, common household items like bleach, rechargeable batteries, oil-based paints, lawn chemicals such as fertilizers or weed killer, old motor oil or gasoline, and energy efficient lightbulbs (CFL) are all accepted for free. Please stay in your car to drop-off hazardous waste.

  • Free Recycling Drop-Off
    This dropoff event does offer free recycling drop off. Containers for cardboard only, glass only, and mixed recyclables are available. Not sure what items should be disposed of in recycling versus the trash? Visit MWA's Recycling & Disposal Guide to know how to best sort your waste for disposal and to view accepted recyclables at their facility.

Need compost as you are planting all of your flowers or veggies for your garden this spring? Metro Waste Authority has a self-serve compost station that sells compost for Iowans. Residents can purchase for $4 per bag (approx. 2 cubic feet).

If you need a larger quantity of compost, bulk compost sales are available at the Metro Park East Landfill in Mitchellville for $10 per cubic yard. There is a minimum purchase of 1 cubic yard for bulk compost purchases, which is approximately enough to fill the back of a small pickup truck.

Cash, checks, and major credit cards are all accepted for compost purchases. Bulk purchases of compost will be loaded with a front loader, so only trucks with open-top loading can be filled. No self-loading is allowed at this facility.

Got waste but can't make it to drop off this weekend? Metro Waste Authority also offers free recycling drop off on Monday - Friday (year round) from 7:15 AM - 4 PM and during their additional Second Saturdays events which are held March to November from 8 AM - Noon.

For more information on these services, items that are accepted for waste drop off, or with other questions, contact Metro Waste Authority at 515.244.0021 or message them on social media at

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