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Use the Compost It! Program to dispose of storm-related tree and yard debris

Post Date:05/18/2017 10:30 AM

West Des Moines residents are asked to use Metro Waste Authority’s Compost It! program and place storm-related yard debris on the curb prior to 7 a.m. on their regular garbage collection day.

Yard debris should be placed in Compost It! bags which can be purchased at local grocery, convenience and hardware stores. A yard waste sticker is not required if Compost It! is printed on the front of the bag. If generic lawn bags are used, yard waste stickers must be purchased ($1.25 per sticker) and placed on each bag. There is no limit to the number of yard waste bags that can be put on the curb for collection.

Residents also may bundle brush in bundles that are bound with rope, twine or string. Please note:
  • A yard waste sticker must be attached to each bundle
  • Bundles, bags and branches cannot exceed 40 pounds each
  • Bundles cannot exceed 18 inches in diameter or 4 feet in length
  • Branches cannot exceed 10 inches in diameter or four feet in length
  • Logs, stumps, rocks and dirt are not accepted

Residents may also dispose of the debris in any other legal manner (composting or hauling to a conforming off-site disposal location). Yard waste drop-off requirements for the Metro Compost Center, Metro Park East and Metro Park West landfills: Branches cannot exceed 24 inches in diameter or 8 feet in length. Logs, stumps, rocks and dirt are not accepted.

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Any tree debris that has fallen on City right-of-way will be removed by the City now that the Forestry Division has taken over the responsibility to care for trees in the City right-of-way (generally considered the area between the street and the sidewalk).

Tree debris on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. The City of West Des Moines follows metro area guidelines listed in the Polk County Comprehensive Emergency Plan. Damage to trees from this storm was sporadic and has been classified as minor under these guidelines. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may elect not to fund debris events if routine collection is provided at no charge for minor and some major events.

If you have questions about FEMA or the storm damage assessment, call WDM Public Services at 515-222-3480.


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