SCRUB Guidelines

The City reserves the right to refuse any item or load deemed not acceptable.

Transfer Station


SCRUB events are held the 3rd Saturday of each month; March through November. View SCRUB calendar.

User Requirements

  • Proof of residency is required. Photo ID or current utility bill.
  • Residents of Des Moines only.
  • NO commercial haulers. Commercial haulers MUST use landfill.

Vehicle Requirements

  • Cars, pickups and small trailers (12’ maximum).
  • Trailers must be single axle, no longer than 12', no wider than 6.6', with sides no higher than 4' high. (no dump box trailers of any size.)

Unloading Procedures
Free drop off - delays possible

  • Ask where to unload.
  • Plan to unload your own vehicle within 15 minutes.
  • Place all items in dumpsters or compactors as directed.
  • Clean up your own mess.

Items of Interest

Items that are accepted during SCRUB Events

Trash and Bulk Items
Accepted at MWA Transfer Station and MEGA SCRUB locations

  • Trash containers
  • General trash including furniture
  • Lawn mowers (all oil and gas MUST be drained)
  • Televisions and computers
  • Tires - any size on/off rim (LIMIT 10 per vehicle - NO commercial haulers)

Accepted at MWA Transfer Station and MEGA SCRUB locations

  • Air conditioners
  • Refrigerators/freezers
  • Microwaves
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Furnaces
  • Stoves
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Water heaters

Yard Debris
Only accepted at Metro Compost Center (1601 Harriet St.)

  • Yard waste containers
  • Brush, tree limbs (24" diameter or less; maximum length 10') and trimmings
  • Loose leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Straw, hay
  • Garden waste

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Only offered at Neighborhood MEGA SCRUB events. Please note our teams are equipped to handle amounts of these items in normal, residential use amounts. If you have a large amount, please call our 24/7 Customer Service Line at 515-283-4950 to see if it will be accepted.

What is accepted at MEGA SCRUB:

  • Aerosols
  • Acids/Bases
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries: Rechargeable mercuric-oxid (button batteries), nickel cadmium (NiCd), lithium (Li), nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) or car batteries)
  • Cell phones
  • Cleaners, drain and liquid cleaners
  • Fertilizers
  • Floor care products
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Glues
  • Light bulbs: high efficiency only: SFLs, ballast, high intensity discharge
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paints: Oil based only. NO LATEX!
  • Petroleum-based adhesives
  • Pesticides
  • Poison
  • Pool chemicals
  • Roofing tar
  • Rust removers
  • Sharps: must be contained in detergent bottles or sharps containers (not milk jugs or pop bottles). Lids must also be taped.
  • Shellac and stains
  • Thermostats/thermometers

What is NOT accepted as hazardous waste:

  • Air fresheners
  • Ammunition and explosives
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries: AA, AAA or Alkaline, non-rechargeable
  • Computers and electronics
  • Cleaners, enzymatic and liquid cleaners
  • Dry cement
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Joint compounds
  • Laundry products
  • Light bulbs: incandescent
  • Medications
  • Paint: latex based
  • Potting soil
  • Propane tanks
  • Sewing needles
  • Trash (non-hazardous waste)
  • Trash cans, empty containers

For more information regarding Household Hazardous Waste Disposal you may call Metro Waste Authority at (515) 244-0021 or visit