Wondering When Grimes Clean Up Days Are? Here's the Details!

Kimberly Ritter

Do you have items you need to get rid of after spring cleaning? Grimes residents will be able to have waste items collected during the upcoming spring clean up days scheduled for Monday May 10th and Tuesday May 11th.


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Spring is here and it’s a great time to get rid of unwanted items. To help area residents clean up their homes and property, the City of Grimes will be holding scheduled clean up days on Monday May 10th and Tuesday May 11th on your regular trash collection day.

To be picked up, all items must be placed at the curb by 6:00 am on your day of trash collection. The collection vehicles will make one pass down each residential street. For items to be picked up, place the material at the edge of the street in a bag, box, containerized or tied in bundles no more than 4 feet in length or 40 lbs. in weight.

All large items such as swing sets or exercise equipment must be dismantled to the point that it can be handled by one person. Mattresses are included for curbside pickup. For large waste items that cannot be dismantled, area residents must contact Metro Waste Authority at 515-244-0021 for guidance. These large items will not be picked up as part of curbside spring cleanup.

Wondering if your large item is eligible for pick up? Consider if your pile would fit in the bed of a pick-up truck, or if two people can reasonably lift it. If the answer to either question is no, then please call Metro Waste Authority at 515-244-0021 for guidance regarding alternate disposal options.

While there are many items that will be eligible for spring clean up, items that will not be collected are as follows:

  • TV’s
  • 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 through Metro Waste Authority. Please refer to their website (www.whereitshouldgo.com) or call 515-244-0021 for more information.

Home appliances are not included in the annual spring clean up event. If you would like to arrange for curbside pickup of an appliance, it requires 7 large item stickers at $5 each. These stickers are available for purchase at City Hall. When you’re ready to place the appliance at the curb, call the number on the sticker to schedule pick up. Working refrigerators and freezers may be eligible for a rebate through the MidAmerican Energy Recycling Program. Call 800-621-2757 for more information.

Wondering how you can dispose of yard waste and scrap tires? These can be dropped off at the City Shop, located at 1700 SE Destination Drive (the old FedEx building) on Saturdays May 1st and 8th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sundays May 2nd and 9th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, as well as Monday through Friday May 3rd to 7th from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.,

Accepted items include tree branches, leaves, and residential yard waste. When dropping off waste, no compost bags or stickers are required. The City will provide dumpsters for yard waste and will also provide dumpsters for tire drop off. Each resident is limited to 5 scrap tires (no rims). Only passenger vehicle or truck tires only will be accepted and tractor tires are not permitted.

This spring cleanup event is for residential only. Area businesses and residents that operate a business out of their home or anyone with excessive waste must contact Metro Waste Authority at 515-244-0021 to determine disposal options.

For more information on this clean up event for Grimes, Iowa, visit grimesiowa.gov.

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