How To Get Rid of Your Storm Damage Debris

The Des Moines Register has put together a list of Metro cities and what you can do with your tree debris from Tuesday's storm. SEE THE ENTIRE LIST HERE

Des Moines

Yard waste debris that is properly bundled and left at the curb will be picked up by the city, according to Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano. For larger debris, residents can drop off branches and other material at the Compost Center at 1601 Harriet Street, which will be open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, for a free drop-off.

Public Works crews on Monday were clearing debris out of major streets so emergency vehicles could safely travel throughout the city, Gano said. After that, crews will move on to clearing neighborhood streets.


The city of Ankeny announced plans to provide a tree and branch drop-off site in the city following Monday's storm, in addition to curbside pickup options for residents within corporate city limits, according to a Monday news release.

The drop-off site will be open Aug. 11-15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center parking lot, 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive. Curbside pickup will begin Aug. 13, but "could take up to four to six weeks to pick up the entire city," according to the release.

West Des Moines

The city of West Des Moines will begin collecting debris curbside on Aug. 17. 

According to a city news release, the debris: 

  • Branches cannot exceed 18 inches in diameter or 8 feet in length.
  • Tree branches must be placed on city right-of-way “parallel” to the curb. Branches must be in the same direction as the street and/or sidewalk. 
  • Tree branches should not be near fire hydrants, mailboxes, utilities or any other items that could be damaged by equipment during the collection.

Crews will not be collecting material that is on private property, according to the release. Also, no tree material from work done by private contractors should be placed on the right-of-way for collection. 

The city suggests residents use the Metro Waste Authority Compost-It! program for smaller debris.

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