Flood Recovery Help #1: "Where do I put my flood debris?"

As central Iowans clean out their basements, homes and businesses from the past weekend's flooding, many people are asking how to get rid of the flood debris they find.

The answer depends on the city.  Here's the best rundown we have as of this day:

Des Moines:  

  • Des Moines residents have three options for disposing of flood damage items.

    • Curbside Pickup After City Inspection
      • Move water damaged property to the curb.
      • Call 2-1-1 for a home inspection
      • Items will be picked up curbside.
    • Take Flood Damaged Items to Neighborhood Drop Off Site
      • Drop off items from 7 AM to 7 PM on Tuesday, July 3rd and Thursday, July 5th through Saturday, July 7th from 7AM to 7 PM.
      • Appliances and tree limbs or other tree debris WILL NOT be accepted at these sites. Tree debris should be handled as normal for stickered curb side collection or taken to a scheduled SCRUB location. See information regarding appliance drop off below.
      • Proof of residency is required.
      • 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.32 Street intersection
        • Birdland Park Parking Lot Birdland Drive & Saylor Roouth Side Library Parking Lot 1111 Porter Avenue
    • Put Flood Damaged Item Out of Regular Trash Collection Day
      • Curbside pickup will continue as normal with the regular guidelines.
      • If it fits in your container there is no additional charge.
      • If it doesn't fit in your container, you will need a large item sticker
      •  other items need stickers.
      • Yard waste and tree debris should be handled as normal for stickered curb side collection or taken to a scheduled SCRUB.
    • Flood Damaged Appliances

    • Residents may take appliances at no charge to:

      • Appliance Recycling Center 918 SE 21st Street, Des Moines Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

West Des Moines:

  1. Metro Waste Authority’s Extra Trash and Large Item Sticker Program is available for West Des Moines residents who have damaged items they would like to have collected at their curbside on their normal garbage collection day. The cost of the stickers pays for the program, and the larger the item, the more it will cost for curbside collection. Stickers are available for purchase at West Des Moines Hy-Vee Stores and the Hy-Vee Drug Store at 1010 60th Street.

    Here are the guidelines:

    $1 Sticker:

    • Bag of trash under 30 lbs.
    • Box of trash under 30 lbs.
    • Kid's toys (under 30 lbs., e.g. big wheel)
    • TV or computer monitor (use a $1 Sticker for 19-inch screen and smaller). Please note: The size and weight of televisions varies greatly. Call Waste Connections at 515-265-7374 and they will tell you how many stickers are required.
  2.  $5 Sticker:
    • 5 boxes or bags of trash (under 30 lbs. per piece)
    • 5 carpet rolls (4 foot length x 18 inch diameter)
    • Bicycle
    • Couch or love seat
    • Crib
    • Desk
    • Door (per door)
    • Entertainment center
    • Grill (no propane)
    • Kid's toys (over 30 lbs.)
    • Kitchen chairs (4 maximum)
    • Kitchen sink
    • Push mower (drained of gas and oil)
    • Sectional (one $5 sticker per piece)
    • Single/double box spring
    • Single/double mattress
    • Snow blower (drained of gas and oil)
    • Table
    • Toilet (one $5 sticker per piece)
    • Window (one)
  3. $10 (2 - $5 stickers)

    • Queen/king mattress
    • Queen/king box spring
  4. $35 (7 - $5 stickers)

    • You Must Schedule Pickup for Appliances - Since different trucks collect and recycle appliances, residents must schedule an appliance pickup with Waste Connections by calling 515-265-7374.
  5. Call Waste Connections at 515-265-7374 if you have an item for collection that you don’t see on the list. Additional information, including sticker sale locations in the metro, is available on the Metro Waste Authority website at:https://www.mwatoday.com/residents/garbage/large-item-collection.aspx.


  • Curbside pickup will start July 9 (all items must be placed on the curb by Monday, July 9 at 7 a.m.)

    Residents must call 515-964-5229 or email (custserv@ankenysanitation.com) Ankeny Sanitation no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018 to request curbside pickup.

     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
  • Drop off site available: July 3, 5, 6

    7 a.m. – 4 p.m. City Maintenance Facility 211 SE Lorenz Drive

    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 including:

    • 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.


  • 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 engpw@urbandale.org 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 forUrbandale Public Works to collect. Residents must notify Urbandale Public Works to arrange the pickup.


  • A special debris pickup date will be scheduled for properties in the University Blvd. neighborhood (80th Street to the west, 75th to the east, University Ave to the south, and Drake Street to the north).  
  • The City is also reaching out directly to other residences and businesses where there was intense flood related damage to coordinate cleanup.  
  • The City is collaborating with Metro Waste Authority, Waste Management, Polk County, and neighboring communities.   Residents and businesses can begin staging debris at their street curb.

Windsor Heights:

  • Windsor Heights will have a special flood collection on Tuesday, July 3rd, and Thursday, July 5th for flood debris only. The City will have to be split in two collection days due to the time frame and due to previous commitments with other communities. Please have your items on the curb by Tuesday morning.  The haulers will try to get as much of the City done as they can on Tuesday afternoon.


  • Bondurant will have a collection July 3rd.  Larger items that have been damaged by flooding will not need the large item collection stickers.

All residents in Polk County can call 2-1-1 for more information and assistance.

Click the link below for more assistance information:

Flood Help #2 "Is there any assistance available?"

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