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Hazardous Waste

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Hazardous Waste

What’s lurking underneath your sink?  You might have Household Hazardous Waste!   These are items that can be harmful to the environment and to people if not disposed of properly.

Metro Waste Authority’s Clean Up Crew is working with Clive officials to assist residents with their HHW disposal needs.  The Clean Up Crew will collect hazardous waste, a date and time yet to be determined, at the Clive Aquatic Center (1801 NW 114th Street).  When determined, the date and time will appear on this website, the Clive newsletter and Des Moines Register.

Household hazardous waste includes stains and varnishes; drain and oven cleaners; metal polishes and rust removers; and fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers.  These items are very useful and safe when used correctly around the home, but dumping them down the drain, driveway or throwing them in the trash can harm our waterways and aquatic life, not to mention pets and possibly people.

SPECIAL NOTE:  LATEX PAINT, MOTOR OIL, GAS/PROPANE CYLINDERS AND ANTIFREEZE WILL NOT be accepted at this event.  These items (expect for gas and propane cylinders) can be disposed of at the Regional Collection Center for Household Hazardous Waste in Bondurant. (See box for hours, directions and fees.) Gas and propane cylinders can be disposed of by calling Blue Rhino at 1-800-BLU-RHINO. 

The event is for residential use only.  Schools, businesses and farms should call (515) 967-5512 to make other disposal arrangements.  The event will be canceled if there is inclement weather.

For more information about the Clean Up Crew and the Regional Collection Center, visit

How do I dispose of latex paint?

Good news! Latex paint is water-based, meaning it is NOT hazardous, and can be safely disposed of at home.  Take a can of paint and add cat litter or sawdust into it.  Give it a good stir and leave the lid off to let it dry.  When it’s dry, keep the lid off and toss the paint can into the garbage!  If you have more than half a gallon of paint, pour the paint out onto strips of newspaper for drying.  When it’s all dry – toss it in the garbage.

If you don’t want to take care of latex paint at home, MWA’s Regional Collection Center will accept latex paint for $1 per one-gallon container, and $5 for a five-gallon container.  To find out more, visit

Regional Collection Center for Household Hazardous Waste

Located a half mile north of Adventureland off of Highway 65.

Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

(After Labor Day, the RCC is open the first and third Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to noon)

Fees:  The facility is supported by fees charged at MWA’s Metro Park East Landfill (MWA does not receive or use tax dollars).  There is a pound limit on the amount of material that can be brought to the facility at no charge by residents.  Businesses and schools should call (515) 967-5512 to find out more programs and pricing.

Materials accepted:

Home & Garden

  • Aerosol cans
  • Batteries (rechargeable)
  • Rust removers
  • Batteries, button
  • Fungicide
  • Furniture polish
  • Insect spray
  • Metal polish (solvent-based)
  • Wallpaper remover
  • Concrete cleaners and etches
  • Mothballs
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat, mouse and gopher poison
  • Brush killer
  • Spot remover
  • Weed killer
  • Fertilizers

Kitchen & Bathroom

  • Cleaners (solvent-based)
  • Drain cleaners
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Oven cleaner
  • Polish remover

Garage & Workshop

  • Acids/bases
  • Acetone
  • Aerosol cleaners
  • Auto polish
  • Auto starter fluid
  • Varnish
  • Brake fluid
  • Car wax
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Caulk, labeled flammable
  • Contact cement
  • Driveway sealer
  • Epoxy
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Glues
  • Lighter fluid
  • Paint, oil-based and lead-based
  • Paint remover
  • Paint thinner
  • Petroleum-based adhesives
  • Roofing tar
  • Shellac
  • Stain
  • Windshield washer solution

Have an item not listed above?  Visit and click on the “Where’s it go” guide to find out how to dispose of many different items. 

MWA, Metro Waste Authority

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