Gold Level Recycling Program


The Gold Level Recycling Program is for super recyclers! Below is more information about how you can be a leader in your neighborhood and receive a gold lid for your recycling cart.

How to Qualify for the Gold Level Recycling Program

  • To qualify, residents must recycle the correct items in blue recycle carts. · To learn more about what can and cannot be recycled, check out the list of accepted and unaccepted items for your blue recycling cart.
  • If you or someone you know believes you are recycling correctly and want to achieve Gold Level Super Recycler status, please complete this FORM to request a recycling audit.
  • Once your request is received, a City of Des Moines recycling crew will check the contents of your cart on your next recycling day and determine if it qualifies to be part of the program.

Audit Process

  • A City of Des Moines recycling crew inspects the contents of blue recycle carts to determine if the contents are on the recyclables list and free from unacceptable items.
  • An inspection showing zero contaminations qualifies you for the Gold Level Recycling Program and your blue lid will be replaced with the gold lid on your next recycle day.