The City of Johnston provides water, sewer, stormwater, solid waste, and recycling services for residents and businesses.

Solid Waste

Metro Waste Authority provides solid waste collection for all single and two-family homes in Johnston. Garbage bins are due curbside by 6 a.m. the day of pick up. Residents may contact the Utilities Clerk or (515) 727-7772 for questions about Solid Waste.

  • Monday - Pick up for residents west of NW 86th Street
  • Tuesday - Pick up for residents east of NW 86th Street

To Begin Service

  • Contact the Utilities Clerk at Johnston City Hall, at (515) 727-7772.
  • Register with Metro Waste Authority (MWA) for email updates. Residents can sign up to receive emails from MWA that contain helpful tips and pick-up delays due to weather or other situations.

Service & Billing

  • Garbage collection is included on your monthly City of Johnston water bill. Click here to see current garbage rates (PDF).
  • Holiday schedules can be found on the Metro Waste Authority website.
  • To report a missed collection or cart maintenance, contact Metro Waste Authority at (515) 244-0021 or online.

Hazardous Waste, Electronics Disposals, & Other Landfill Services

To get rid of hazardous waste, such as lawn and garden chemicals, latex paint for $1 per gallon or $5 per five-gallon bucket, or other cleaners, Johnston residents have three options. Visit mwatoday.com/Johnston for more information.

  1. We’ve teamed up with Metro Waste Authority for the house-side pick-up of these items. Using this program ensures these items are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner. Please visit WhereItShouldGo.com/Johnston to learn more about utilizing this pickup service at your house.
  2. Residents may visit the northwest household hazardous waste drop-off site in Grimes, located at 4105 SE Beisser Drive. They are open Monday through Thursday by appointment. Please call (515) 244-0021 to make an appointment. 
  3. Residents may also visit the metro hazardous waste facility located at 1105 Prairie Drive SW in Bondurant. They’re open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 8 a.m. to noon. Please call (515) 244-0021 for more information.

Special Collections

Not sure what can be thrown away or recycled? Check Metro Waste's Recycling and Disposal Guide for helpful information.

  • Bulky items and large waste will be collected on normal collection days. Include a $1 sticker for each bag, box, or item that does not fit in the collection bin.
  • Contact Metro Waste Authority at (515) 244-0021, to arrange for pick up of appliances or other large items.
  • Stickers for extra garbage, bulky waste, and appliances are available at these locations.

MidAmerican Appliance Recycling Program

A $50 rebate is paid for each qualified refrigerator or freezer, and a $25 rebate is paid for each qualified window air conditioner. Additional information is available or you may contact MidAmerican Energy at (800) 621-2757.