Fall Clean-up

The City of Johnston provides residents an opportunity to get rid of branches and limbs each fall. Residents can drop these off, no cost, at the Public Works Facility, located at 6400 NW Beaver Drive between November 2-4. There is no fee, however participants are asked to bring ID for proof of residency.

Branches cannot be larger than 18-inches in diameter. Larger sizes will not be accepted because of their inability to be recycled through the chipper. Residents are asked to have the end cut of their branches stacked at the end of their vehicles for easy removal. 

Residents should ensure that their vehicle or trailer is clear of items before loading with branches. Items such as ropes, chains, wire, and fence posts can cause damage to equipment and injury to City staff, if pulled into the chipper.

Commercial vehicles and trucks larger than a pickup are prohibited from participating in this clean-up. Tree debris will be turned into mulch. Leaves and grass will not be accepted.

Drop-off Hours:

  • Thursday, November 2 - 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday November 3 - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday November 4 - 7 a.m. to noon

For more information, please call Public Works at 515-278-0822.

As a resident, it is important to remember it is illegal to burn leaves, grass clippings, pine needles, garden waste and other organic debris within Johnston city limits. Please continue to use the Compost It! yard waste program through November 28. Compost It! provides curbside collection of yard waste. City code allows the burning of brush, sticks, branches, trees and shrubs on single-family and two-family residential properties when placed 50 feet away from a neighboring home.

Burning is not allowed in the public right-of-way or any public easement area. Property owners or tenants must be present at all times when open burning is taking place. Please remember to be respectful of neighbors who may enjoy fall weather and do not appreciate smoke blowing into their homes.