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Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site Comes to Western Suburbs

West Des Moines residents have a new, convenient option for getting rid of household hazardous waste. A permanent Hazardous Waste Drop-Off is located at the Metro Northwest Transfer Station. The site is 1.5 miles northwest of I80/35 and Hwy. 141 in Grimes. Residents are invited to drop-off unused material the second Saturday in the months of March thru December from 8 a.m. to Noon.

Until now, the western suburbs were without a convenient hazardous waste drop-off site with consistent hours. While the new site offers many benefits, improved environmental protection is near the top of the list. The site is designed for the acceptance of hazardous materials, so it’s equipped with safeguards to protect the ground water and the environment.

Accepted Items
latex paintBring up to 75 pounds of common household hazardous materials free of charge, including motor oil and filters, antifreeze, fertilizers, batteries, hazardous cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), rust removers, oil and lead based paints and more. In addition, latex paint is accepted for a fee of $1 per gallon or $5 per five gallons.

For a complete list of accepted and non-accepted materials go to

hazardous waste mapDirections to West-Side Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site:
Take exit 127 off of I80/35 to Hwy. 141
Go 1/2 mile to SE 37th St., take a left
Go 1/2 mile SE Beisser Dr, take a left
Go .3 miles to 4105 SE Beisser Dr., Grimes, IA

Residents have another convenient option for ridding their homes of Household Hazardous Waste:

hazardous waste
Leave it Outside Your Door

The City of West Des Moines and Metro Waste Authority offer house-side collection for the convenient disposal of household hazardous items such as lead and oil-based paints (no latex), chemicals (insecticides, poisons and solvents), lawn care products, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), sharps and cleaners.

Sign Up – $25 Per Collection
Residents can sign up on an as-needed basis at West Des Moines Public Services, 560 S. 16th St. For a $25 fee per collection, residents receive two 12-gallon bins to fill with accepted hazardous products.

Schedule Collection with Metro Waste Authority
Once you fill your bins, call Metro Waste Authority at 515.333.4434 to schedule collection. Bins are collected the second Friday of each month. The collected material is taken to the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Bondurant where it is recycled or disposed of safely.

For more information, call 515.244.0021 or visit at and select Household Hazardous Waste.

Please also see:

 Spring CleanUp
 Yard Waste
 Hazardous Waste Pick-Up At Your Door
 Holiday Collection

    Special Solid Waste Events are scheduled throughout the year to assist residents in disposing of appliances, tires, and household items.  Please select this link for a list: WDM Public Services Events

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