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Des Moines Residential Garbage Pickup Services


Waste Connections of Iowa – Des Moines uses route optimization software in order to provide our residential garbage and recycling customers with timely and efficient service that is also geared toward reducing our carbon footprint. Please have your dedicated Waste Connections residential trash and recycling carts and any yard waste curbside by 6 a.m. on your collection day. If you are a rural customer, please set your carts and specially provided yard waste receptacles placed curbside the night before. If you had your items out on time and your collection was missed, please contact Waste Connections of Iowa at 515-265-7374.

Service Areas

Waste Connections of Iowa – Des Moines proudly offers both subscription and residential trash, recycling and yard waste pickups throughout the Des Moines Metro area. If you do not see your Greater Des Moines residential trash pickup zone listed, please contact us at 515-265-7374​ to learn what residential trash services we may provide to your residence, including residential roll-off dumpsters.

Residential Garbage

Residential Garbage Carts


For safety and efficiency reasons, please place your Waste Connections of Iowa – Des Moines cart out the night before your service day or no later than 6AM on your service day. And, please remove your Waste Connections containers from the street as soon after collection as possible.

  • Bag all trash before placing in the container
  • Place carts 3 feet apart
  • Carts must be at least 6 feet from cars, trees, mailboxes, fences
  • Cart wheels should be as close to the curb as possible
  • Cart lids must be CLOSED COMPLETELY at all times
  • For extra trash or large trash items, see below

96 Gallon – Subscription Service

Residential Waste Materials

Please bag ALL acceptable waste materials prior to placing items into your Waste Connections of Iowa – Des Moines garbage cart. For safety, legal, and environmental reasons, not all materials can be placed in Waste Connections Residential trash carts.

Acceptable Residential Garbage Items:

  • Normal non-hazardous household waste
  • Cat litter or small animal waste (if double bagged)

Note: West Des Moines house-side collection for Hazardous Waste is available. Visit Metro Waste Authority’s House Side Collectionspage for more information.

For additional or special pickup arrangements, please locate your community below for details.

Unacceptable Residential Garbage Items:

  • Ammunition, fireworks
  • Ashes, hot or cold
  • Batteries, vehicle
  • Concrete, dirt or rocks
  • Construction materials
  • Dead animals
  • Electronics, computers, TVs
  • Household Hazardous Waste – click for details
  • Liquids Medical waste
  • Motor oil
  • Propane tanks
  • Sharps (needles or syringes)
  • Tires
  • Un-bagged packing pellets or sawdust
  • Yard waste

Bulk Waste - Extra Trash & Large Items

Please check your location below regarding residential bulk waste services, or for large cleanup projects, click here to learn about Residential Roll Off Service.

Extra Trash Pick Up Tag – West Des Moines


For Extra Trash & Large Pickups


Call Waste Connections at 515-265-7374​ to make arrangements.


** For bulk items, purchase stickers at Cumming City Hall

Polk County Uninc

Call Waste Connections at 515-265-7374​ to make arrangements.

Van Meter

Call Waste Connections at 515-265-7374​ to make arrangements.

West Des Moines

*Purchase stickers at West Des Moines Vendor Locations

Large Item Pick Up Tag – West Des Moines

**Note:​ ​ The bulk sticker program is only applicable to customers who pay for trash through their utilities. ​ All other residents must contact Waste Connections to make arrangements for bulk item collection.

Residential Recycling

Residential Recycling reduces Greater Des Moines’ need for raw materials and dependence on fossil fuels – and because Waste Connections of Iowa provides single stream recycling carts with simple guidelines for your household to follow, helping to clean up our environment and become more efficient has never been easier.

Our local recycling market determines what can be placed in Waste Connections of Iowa – Des Moines single stream recycling carts. Please rinse and empty all items before placing them un-bagged in the recycling cart.

Residential Recycling Service Area

Waste Connections of Iowa - Des Moines residential recycling services are currently available in Cumming and Van Meter, Iowa. If you are in need of Des Moines regional recycling services and your community is not served by the Metro Waste Authority's Curbit! Program, contact us at 515-265-7374.

Residential Recycling Cart

96 Gallon Blue with Yellow Lid

Acceptable Residential Recycling Items:

  • Bottles (no lids)
  • Jars (no lids)
  • Aluminum cans or tin cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Wire hangers
  • Screw-top plastics (with caps)
  • Only yogurt and margarine tubs (no lids)
  • Corrugated cardboard (breakdown and cut to fit into cart)
  • Mixed paper (junk mail, phone books, envelopes)
  • Newspaper, glossy inserts and magazines
  • Paper food cartons (not caps) (not cylinder shaped)
  • Shredded paper (place in paper sack or box)

Unacceptable Residential Recycling Items:

  • Any item not on ‘Acceptable’ list
  • Aluminum foil or foil baking pans
  • Compostable cups, plates, utensils and bags
  • Containers for hazardous materials
  • Food contaminated items (pizza boxes, paper plates, napkins)
  • Garbage or yard debris
  • Plastic Bags or recyclables in plastic bags
  • Plastic and Styrofoam food containers, lids & loose caps
  • Styrofoam containers, dishes, cups, packing pellets

Residential Yard Waste

Currently, Waste Connections of Iowa - Des Moines offers seasonal residential yard waste service in Ankeny, Cumming, Van Meter, and Greenfield Plaza. Gardeners love to use composted grass and leaves to enrich their gardens and landscape. Please do not contaminate the yard waste-to-composting cycle with other items.

Collection Service Runs April 4th to November 26, 2022.

Ankeny Residents

Yard waste is collected on Mondays. ​ No stickers required.

April 4th to November 21st

Greenfield Plaza Residents

Yard waste is collected on Thursdays. ​ No stickers required.

April 7th to November 25th

Yard Waste Bags & Bundles

Please purchase and attach a Waste Connections Yard Waste Tag to your yard waste bags and bundles (excluding Ankeny and Greenfield Plaza residents).

Acceptable Residential Yard Waste – Bagged (max 60 lbs)

  • Bag tied with Waste Connections Yard Waste tag attached
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Soft plant material
  • Weeds

Unacceptable Residential Yard Waste

  • Any item not listed above
  • Animal waste or litter
  • Dead animals
  • Dirt, gravel, rock
  • Plant pots
  • Plastic bags

Acceptable Residential Yard Waste – Bundled

Residential Roll-Off Service

Renting a temporary roll-off dumpster from Waste Connections of Iowa – Des Moines can save a homeowner time and labor with their home remodel or house and garage cleanout project. Since 1997, area residents have depended on our professional customer service representatives to rent the right size container.

To learn more about the various Des Moines Residential dumpsters Waste Connections of Iowa offers, visit the Construction section of this website.

Residential Billing

Normal subscription Waste Connections of Iowa – Des Moines residential trash collection customers are invoiced on the first day of every quarter, with payment due on the 23rd of the same month. Additionally, some Waste Connections of Iowa residential garbage and recycling customers are billed through their city or homeowners association. If you require clarification as to how your Greater Des Moines residential trash service will be billed, call us at 515-265-7374.

Residential trash and recycling customers who are going to be away on vacation for at least three months may call our office at least a week in advance so we can adjust your account and notify the drivers.

New Waste Connections of Iowa residential trash customers will receive their first invoice in the mail. With that invoice on hand, residents can visit the ONLINE BILL PAY section of our website and pay their bill online either one transaction at a time or set up an automatic bill pay arrangements.

Payments accepted include:

  • Bank account payments from savings or checking
  • Credit or debit card payments: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

We also accept payments at our office:

Waste Connections of Iowa

4705 NE 22nd St

Des Moines, IA 50313



Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

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