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 who live within the Des Moines' city limits a FREE opportunity to remove yard waste and debris from homes and yards to reduce the blighted areas within the City.

Requirements for SCRUB
  • Proof of Residency is required - Bring a photo id or current utility bill.
  • Before each event please review the SCRUB guidelines.
  • SCRUB'S are free to Des Moines citizens, therefore you may experience longer wait times based on participation.
What are the different SCRUB Sites?
  • MEGA SCRUB:   An event that is hosted by select neighborhoods within their section of the City.  Any Des Moines Resident may participate. MEGA SCRUB's now offer Household Hazardous Waste Disposal.  See list of items. 
  • 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 Harriet Street.  SCRUB dates and hours are posted on the SCRUB Calendar.

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

Date Location Hours Sponsor Neighborhoods
9/18/2021
  • MWA Transfer Station,                       4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center,                      1601 Harriet St.
  • MEGA SCRUB: Bell Avenue Business Park, 1901 Bell Ave.

7 AM - 2 PM

MEGA SCRUB:
7 AM - 1 PM

Downtown DSM, Gray's Lake, Greenwood Historic, Indianola Hills, Linden Heights, McKinley, Columbus, Salisbury Oaks, Southwestern Hills, Westwood
10/16/2021
  • MWA Transfer Station,                       4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center,                      1601 Harriet St.
7 AM - 2 PM  
11/20/2021
  • MWA Transfer Station,                       4198 Delaware Ave.
  • MWA Compost Center,                      1601 Harriet St.
7 AM - 2 PM