The Area Recyclers facility receives and processes approximately 3,000 tons of recyclable materials each year. This includes materials collected curbside and at the public drop-offs located throughout Des Moines County. Appliances are also accepted at Area Recyclers for a fee of $10 each- see the bottom of this page for more information.
Public Drop Off Containers
For residents who don't have access to curbside service, public drop-off containers are located at nine additional locations throughout the county in addition to the dropoff located at the Area Recyclers parking lot.
Appliance information-Accepted 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 8:00 - 11:30. Each appliance costs $10.00 for disposal. click here for more info
Area Recyclers is proud to announce that portable “X-Stream” recycling containers are now available to area organizations wishing to promote recycling at their events. The containers are designed to accept aluminum cans and plastic bottles for recycling.
Many organizations use the bins to generate income by collecting deposit containers and then redeeming them for money. The containers are popular in other parts of Iowa, including the Cedar Rapids area, and several local groups including Little League and Farmer's Market have expressed interest in recycling. There is a limited supply of these containers which will be available for loan on a first come-first served basis. A signed rental agreement with a small refundable security deposit will be needed for each bin. Each bin comes with bags and a lid labeled, "recyclables only".
Popular nationwide…many cities throughout the U.S. use these containers. In Iowa, solid waste agencies in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque use these containers and make them available for events. The Iowa Recycling Association also owns over 100 x-stream containers which may be checked out by IRA members at no cost.
For information on obtaining a bin, please contact Darven Kendell, Education Coordinator for the DMC Regional Waste Commission at 753-8126; toll free at 1-800-216-8126, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the request form.
We provide bi-weekly curbside recycling collection to residents of our 13 member communities. General guidelines
for curbside recycling are:
- A green bin from the Area Recyclers program must be used.
- Materials must be separated according to categories, using paper or plastic bags placed inside the bins
- Recyclables must be placed at the curbside, even if trash is picked up elsewhere.
- Recyclables must be set out no later than 7:30 a.m. to guarantee pickup.
- If your recycling is not set out according to our guidelines, the recycling crew will leave it behind and put a yellow slip in your bin explaining the reason it was not picked up. Please check your bin for a yellow slip before calling Area Recyclers.
If your recycling was missed and there is no yellow slip in your bin, call us at 319-753-8126 or 1-800-216-8126 and we will do our best to resolve the problem.