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SCRUB Events

SCRUB stands for SPRING CLEANUP to REDUCE URBAN BLIGHT.  It is the City's mission to enhance the City’s neighborhoods by allowing residents an opportunity to remove yard waste and debris from homes and yards to reduce the blighted areas within the City.

What kind of SCRUB events does the City of Des Moines sponsor?
  • MEGA SCRUB:   An event that is hosted by select neighborhoods within their section of the City.  Any Des Moines Resident may participate. 
  • Transfer Station SCRUB:  An alternate drop-off location used for SCRUB events. The Metro Waste Transfer Station is located at 4198 Delaware Ave.  SCRUB dates and hours are posted on the SCRUB Calendar
  • Compost Site SCRUB:   A drop off site designated for yard and tree debris during SCRUB events.  The Metro Waste Compost Site is located at 1601 Harriett Street.  SCRUB dates and hours are posted on the SCRUB Calendar 
SCRUB Event Reminders Free Drop off - Delays Possible
  • Proof of Residency is required - Bring a photo id or current utility bill.
  • Before each event please review the SCRUB guidelines.
  • MEGA SCRUB's now offer Household Hazardous Waste Disposal.  See list of items. (MEGA SCRUB sites only)
  • SCRUB'S are free to Des Moines citizens, therefore you may experience longer wait times based on participation.


Questions -  If you have questions about SCRUB events, please call us at 515-283-4950.

Date Location Hours Sponsor Neighborhoods
3/21/2020
CANCELED
   
4/18/2020
CANCELED

 

 
5/16/2020
  • MWA Transfer Station, 4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center, 1601 Harriett St.
7 AM — 2 PM  
6/20/2020
  • MWA Transfer Station, 4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center, 1601 Harriett St.
  • MEGA SCRUB: Capitol Complex Lot #3, West of E. 14/South of Court Ave.

7 AM — 2 PM

MEGA SCRUB:
7AM — 1 PM

Accent, Brook Run, Capitol East, Capitol Park, Douglas Acres, Historic East Village, Fairground, Fairmont Park, Gray's Woods, MLK Jr. Park, Sheridan Gardens, Valley High Manor
7/18/2020
  • MWA Transfer Station, 4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center, 1601 Harriett St.
  • MEGA SCRUB: Polk County River Place, 2309 Euclid Ave.

7 AM — 2 PM

MEGA SCRUB:
7AM — 1 PM

Beaverdale, Chautauqua Park, Cheatom Park, Highland Park, King Irving, Lower Beaver, Mondamin Presidential, Oak Park, Prospect Park, River Bend, Union Park, Good Park
8/15/2020
  • MWA Transfer Station, 4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center, 1601 Harriett St.
7 AM — 2 PM  
9/19/2020
  • MWA Transfer Station, 4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center, 1601 Harriett St.
  • MEGA SCRUB: Bell Avenue Business Park, 1901 Bell Ave.

7 AM — 2 PM

MEGA SCRUB:
7AM — 1 PM

Downtown DSM, Gray's Lake, Greenwood Historic, Indianola Hills, Linden Heights, McKinley, Columbus, Salisbury Oaks, Southwestern Hills, Westwood
10/17/2020
  • MWA Transfer Station, 4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center, 1601 Harriett St.
7 AM — 2 PM  
11/21/2020
  • MWA Transfer Station, 4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center, 1601 Harriett St.
7 AM — 2 PM