Recycling
Recycle
Contact Information and Hours of Operation

For your convenience you can contact The Department of Public Works 24 Hour Customer Service Center at (515) 283-4950 or complete a Recycling Request Form

 

Why Recycle?

Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources.  Collecting used bottled, cans, and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection facility is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns.  For More information see the Recycling Guidelines, Tips for Beginners, or Advanced Recyclers.

 

Benefits of Recycling
  • Recycling protects and expands U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness.
  • Recycling reduces the need for land filling and incineration.
  • Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.

 

Recyclables to be Diverted from Landfill
  • Currently 40% of everything going to the landfill can be recycled. 
  • There are things being missed, even by seasoned recyclers. 
  • Paper is the largest recyclable material going to the landfill.  This includes sticky notes, receipts, junk mail, etc. 
  • This chart shows what is being missed.
     
Recycling TIP

Keep a paper grocery bag in the kitchen to catch all the recyclables generated in the kitchen.  When it is full, paper bag and all can go into the blue recycling collection cart! 

 

Recycle Links
 
Holiday Collection

Please see the holiday schedule for garbage, recycling, and yard waste pickup, which differs from holiday closing for the Department of Public Works Administration and other City offices.