gold level recycling program

How To Qualify for the Gold Recycling Program

Residents on the Gold Level are SUPER RECYCLERS that divert the correct recyclables into the blue carts. If you or someone you know want to achieve the Gold Level, go HERE to register to have a recycling audit. The City of Des Moines Recycling personnel will check the contents of the cart on your prescribed recycling day and determine if it qualifies to be on the ‘Gold Level’.


Audit Process

City of Des Moines recycling personnel per request, or may randomly select addresses to determine which resident receive a trash audit.

How we do our curbside trash audit:

  • We look at what's inside blue carts on the residents prescribed curbside collection day.  Look HERE to see a list of accepted items that should be placed in your blue cart. 

  • We check for Forbidden/Banned items in the blue cart.  Look HERE for a list of forbidden/banned items that should NOT be paced in your blue cart.
Gold Lids are awarded to Super Recyclers!