Guidelines from Metro Cities on Flood-Damaged Trash Disposal


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The City of Ankeny is offering both curbside pickup and a drop-off site for flood-damaged items. Curbside pickup will start on Monday, July 9th. All items must be placed outside by 7 a.m. on the 9th and anyone who wants to utilize the service must make a request to Ankeny Sanitation by calling 515-964-5229 or sending an email to no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, July 6th.

Flood damaged items accepted for curbside pickup:

  • Household items
  • Carpet (must be rolled up and under 5 ft in length)
  • Drywall
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Plumbing
  • Computers
  • Televisions
  • Radios
  • Stereos
  • All other electronics

What is not accepted for curbside pickup?

  • Appliances must be dropped off at the Drop Off Site July 3, 5 or 6 between 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. (see below) If residents are unable to haul appliances, curbside pickup can be arranged with Ankeny Sanitation, however the resident will be responsible for the removal fee.
  • Yard waste/vegetative materials
  • Hazardous waste – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, oil based paints & stains
  • Tires

The drop-off site at the City Maintenance Facility (located at 211 SE Lorenz Drive) is available on July 3rd, 5th, and 6th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proof of residence is required.

Roll-off dumpsters will be available for residents to drop off the following flood damaged items:

  • Household items
  • Carpet (must be rolled up and under 5 ft. in length)
  • Drywall
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Plumbing
  • Computers
  • Televisions
  • Radios
  • Stereos
  • All other electronics

Appliances that will be accepted:

  • Air conditioners
  • Dishwashers
  • Freezers (all food must be removed)
  • Refrigerators (all food must be removed)
  • Stoves
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Water heaters
  • Dehumidifiers

Assistance will not be available for unloading debris at the drop off site. Tires, tree limbs/branches and yard waste will not be accepted at the drop off site.


With recent flooding in Bondurant, the City has scheduled a special, flood-damaged trash collection for Tuesday, July 3rd. This means that larger items that have been damaged by flooding will not need the large item collection stickers.

Residents are encouraged to put their solid waste on the curb the night before the pick up as items will be picked up early in the morning on Tuesday. Carpet should be cut into 4 to 5-foot lengths, so that one person will be able to load sections into the collection vehicle.


A special debris pickup event has been scheduled for Friday, July 6th for residents in the following areas:

  • The area in the University Ave Blvd. neighborhood bordered by 80th Street to the west; North Walnut Creek to the east; University Blvd. to the south; and Drake Street to the north.
  • Parts of the Indian Hills neighborhood including Lincoln Avenue east of 100th Street; 91st Street north of Clark Street; 90th Court north of Clark Street; and 90th Street north of Indian Hills Drive.

Click here to view a map of the areas involved.

If crews cannot collect all the debris on Friday, cleanup will continue on Saturday morning. There are not specific times for trucks to arrive at certain areas due to the large amount of debris. Waste Management crews will collect items moved to the curb including carpet, furniture, approved electronics, and appliances. A separate vehicle will collect appliances so debris can go to a recycling facility. They may also do pickups at homes near the above boundaries that have substantial flood debris at the curb.

Crews will not pick up hazardous waste (ex: paint, herbicides, lawn chemicals, antifreeze, etc.). Visit to find out how to safely dispose of these items.


The City of Des Moines will be setting up sites for residents to drop off flood damaged items Tuesday, July 3rd and then Thursday, July 5th through Saturday, July 7th. Roll-off debris containers will be available for residents to deposit their debris from 7 AM to 7 PM each of those days. Following are the five locations:

  • Northwest Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    4915 Madison Avenue
  • Beaverdale Park
    3333 Adams Avenue
  • Grandview Park Parking Lot
    Guthrie Avenue & E.32nd Street intersection
  • Birdland Park Parking Lot
    Birdland Drive & Saylor Road
  • South Side Library Parking Lot
    1111 Porter Avenue

City officials are also working to clear debris from residents’ homes, asking people to take the following steps:

  1. Move water damaged property to the curb.
  2. Call 2-1-1 for a home inspection to assist in  accessment of water damaged property.
  3. City staff will pick up items at inspected homes’ curbside.

Officials say residents must follow the three-step process in order to be noted as needing to have items picked up.


The City of Johnston will follow the following guidelines to assist residents to cleanup storm damaged items from the weather event that occurred June 30 – July 1. Storm damaged items include carpet, furniture, etc. that were damaged by flood waters from the storm.

Garbage collection will follow normal procedures on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3. All garbage must be placed inside the regular garbage containers to be collected. If you have additional trash (that does not fit into the container) you may place it in a garbage bag or box with a $1.00 sticker attached. Stickers can be purchased at Johnston City Hall and locations around the metro. Those locations can be found by visiting

Beginning Monday, July 2, the City will place roll off containers at Public Works, located at 6400 NW Beaver Drive and the west Fire Station, located at 10225 NW 62nd Avenue. Residents may place storm damaged items in the containers anytime between July 2 through July 16.

During the regular garbage collection on Monday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 10, residents may place storm damaged items out with their regular garbage for curbside collection at no additional charge (no $1.00 stickers will be required)

The special collection and roll off containers are for STORM DAMAGED ITEMS ONLY. To dispose of vegetative debris (trees, branches, etc.) follow the normal procedures for bagging or bundling yard waste.


Urbandale residents can utilize the no-charge Storm Damaged Household Debris Material Collection service beginning Monday, July 2. To request this no-charge service please email or call at 515-278-3950 and leave a message with your address and contact information. Place household debris between the street curb and sidewalk for Urbandale Public Works to collect. Residents must notify Urbandale Public Works to arrange the pickup.


West Des Moines residents will need to use extra trash and large item stickers for damaged items that they want to be picked up curbside or on normal garbage collection days. Stickers can be purchased at West Des Moines Hy-Vee stores and the Hy-Vee Drugstore located at 1010 60th Street. The larger the item, the more curbside collection will cost. Prices and guidelines for pickup are below and can also be found on the Metro Waste Authority website.

If you have questions about what items are allowed call Waste Connections at 515-265-7374.


Collection of flood-damaged items in Windsor Heights will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd, and Thursday, July 5th. This will be for flood debris only. Officials ask residents to have items to be picked up out on the curb by Tuesday morning, and crews will do their best to collect as much as possible on Tuesday afternoon.


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