Thanksgiving Holiday Collection Delay

Garbage, recycling, and yard waste will not be collected on Thursday, Nov. 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week, with Friday collection occurring on Saturday. Learn more >>

Until 1969, trash was self-hauled to a dump where soil and ground water were not being monitored or protected. In response to new environmental regulations related to managing solid waste, the communities in Polk County came together and formed Metro Waste Authority.

While Metro Waste Authority was formed simply as the agency to manage the landfill for the county, our role in the community quickly evolved into managing waste from a holistic environmental perspective. In some ways, the Metro Waste Authority is working to put ourselves out of business. Our core business, at least.

The agency now manages curbside recycling, garbage, and yard waste collection; provides safe hazardous waste disposal; and, pilots new innovative programs such as construction and demolition recycling. In 2021, Metro Waste Authority will open the doors to our very own Material Recovery Facility with the goal of making the same positive impact on recycling as we’ve done for garbage during the last 50 years.

We Know Where It Should Go

Metro Waste Authority provides answers for safe and smart waste disposal and recycling. Whether it’s garbage, recycling, yard waste, or hazardous waste, we know where it should go and have the resources to help.

Visit our Recycling & Disposal Guide for answers to all of your questions!

Environmental Stewardship

Metro Waste Authority is one of 11 solid waste agencies approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to use and environmental management system (EMS) for solid waste management.

Guided by the EMS processes and procedures, we focus on six main areas aimed at increasing diversion and/or protecting the environment. These include:

  • Recycling
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection
  • Yard Waste Management
  • Water Quality Improvement
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction
  • Environmental Education


Have you always wanted to work for an innovative, forward-thinking agency focused on protecting the environment?

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