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Yard Waste Collection begins April 3 in West Des Moines

Post Date:03/27/2017 9:18 AM
Yard waste collection begins in West Des Moines on Monday, April 3, for residents who are eligible for solid waste collection. Yard waste is collected on a resident’s regular trash day by Waste Management, and the collection period in 2017 runs weekly from April 3 through December 1.

Through Metro Waste Authority's Compost It! program, residents can dispose of yard waste (which is banned from the landfill) right from their curb on garbage collection day by purchasing bags and stickers, bundling their brush (with a sticker) or by purchasing a 96-gallon cart.

Bags & Stickers
Compost It! Bags and stickers are available for purchase at many local grocery, convenience and hardware stores. Residents have the option of:

Purchasing Compost It! Bags
The cost is $8.00 + tax for a bundle of five bags. The Compost It! bag fee covers the cost of collection and material processing – no sticker is required. Weight per bag may not exceed 40 pounds.

Purchasing Compost It! Stickers and store-brand bags
Stickers cost $1.25 + tax. Just attach one green Compost It! Sticker to each generic store-brand bag to cover the cost of collection. Tip: Face the side of the bag with the sticker toward the street so the hauler can see it.

Purchasing a Compost It! Sticker and placing it on brush bundles
Attach a Compost It! Sticker to each brush bundle and place it next to your cart or bags. Bundles cannot exceed 18 inches in diameter or four feet in length.

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Yard Waste Cart
Yard waste carts can be conveniently wheeled to wherever you're working as well as to the curb when you're finished. The capacity of the 96-gallon cart is equivalent to three full yard waste bags. The Bag & Sticker program can be used in addition to the cart if you find yourself with more debris than the cart can hold. Consider a cart if you:

• Purchase more than 65 bags a year
• Garden or bag grass clippings
• Don't want to hassle with bags

The annual subscription for a yard waste cart is $105 plus a one-time fee for the purchase of a cart. A cart costs $60 if it is picked up at WDM Public Services or $80 if it is delivered to the residence.

To enroll, residents may purchase their yard waste cart and sticker at the Public Services Facility at 560 S. 16th Street in West Des Moines or call 222-3480 to enroll.

Yearly stickers may be renewed at, or in person at the Finance Department, Ste. 2B, West Des Moines City Hall; Public Services at 560 S. 16th Street; or by downloading a form from the City website and mailing a check.

For more information, call Metro Waste Authority at (515) 244-0021.
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