Public Works Department Hosting MEGA SCRUB Event Saturday

Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Thursday, June 17, 2021 — Saturday morning (6/19) will bring long lines of cars, trucks and trailers to the East Capitol Complex near East 14th Street for the last MEGA SCRUB event until September. 

Large roll-off dumpsters will be waiting to be filled by hundreds of Des Moines residents at the third out of four 2021 MEGA SCRUB events hosted by the City of Des Moines Public Works Department.

"The MEGA SCRUB events are always popular because they offer chances to dispose of items that aren’t permitted at our monthly SCRUB events at the MWA Transfer Station,” Public Works Director Jonathan Gano said. “This is an opportunity for Des Moines residents to get rid of some of their large items, appliances and other large quantities of waste at no charge.”

While the City hosts SCRUB events every month from March through November, the four MEGA SCRUB events are an opportunity for residents to dispose of an expanded list of items for free, including bulk items, appliances, household hazardous waste, and tires.

The MEGA SCRUB event will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Capitol Complex Lot #3, West of E. 14th South of Court Avenue, and is open to Des Moines residents only. Proof of residency is required and is accepted in the form of photo ID or a current utility bill.

For additional information about hours, requirements and guidelines, go to

Additional Items that are ONLY accepted at MEGA SCRUB events (items accepted at MWA Transfer Station are also accepted here):

  • Aerosols
  • Acids/Bases
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries: Rechargeable mercuric-oxide (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

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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