Spring cleanup will happen during the month of April in Johnston and the city has some helpful tips to ensure your spring cleaning is a successful one.
On April 16 and 17, (depending upon which day is your designated trash collection day) place your items on the curb by 6 a.m. Depending on the volume of the collection, it could last through April 18.
Items you can place on the curb include:
- Box springs
- Old dishes
- Computer monitors
Smaller items must be placed in bags or boxes. If you live in an apartment, condo or town home with private trash collection, you may not be a part of the Spring Cleanup Event. Please contact your association or management to find out.
Items that will not be picked up include:
- Yard waste
- Electronic waste
- Windows (Larger than 2' x 4')
- Hazardous waste
- Broken glass
- Landscape material
Items from small home improvement projects, like a few doors or windows, will be allowed. Windows larger than 2' x 4' will not be picked up. Items from large construction or landscape projects including railroad ties will also not be picked up.
The City of Johnston is selling trees to residents at the reduced price of $30 per tree. A pre-sale of trees begins on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 a.m. Trees can be purchased at Johnston City Hall, located at 6221 Merle Hay Road. The five trees chosen for this year’s sale are Greenspire Linden, Chinkapin Oak, Columnar White Pine, Fort McNair Red Horse Chestnut and Eastern Redbud.
Trees will be available for pickup at Crown Point Community Center, located at 6300 Pioneer Parkway on Saturday, May 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information about each of the trees available, click here (PDF).
Get rid of your old confidential documents in a safe and secure way at Johnston Public Library’s FREE Shred Day. THE SHREDDER company will be in the Johnston Public Library parking lot, located at 6700 Merle Hay Road on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon for on-site document destruction. Please limit material to be shredded to 3 boxes or containers per household that need not be returned. No registration is necessary. This event is sponsored by AARP in conjunction with Money Smart Week.
Free Tree Branch & Tire Disposal
On April 19 through 21, Johnston residents can drop off branches, limbs and passenger vehicle tires at the Public Works Facility, located at 6400 NW Beaver Drive, at no cost. Please bring your ID for proof of residency. Branches cannot be larger than 18 inches in diameter. Tree debris will be turned into mulch. Tires must be off the rim; limit 4 tires per household. Tires from businesses are not accepted.
Thursday - 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday - 8 a.m. to noon
Getting Rid of Hazardous Waste
To get rid of hazardous waste, Johnston residents have three options. First, we’ve teamed up with Metro Waste Authority for house-side pickup of these items. Using this program ensures these items are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner. Please visit cityofjohnston.com/hazardouswaste or Johnston City Hall, located at 6221 Merle Hay Road, to learn more about starting this pickup service at your house.
Second, residents may visit the new northwest household hazardous waste drop-off site in Grimes. Located at 4105 SE Beisser Drive, residents may take hazardous waste to this location on the second Saturday of every month between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. This location accepts latex paint, and charges $1 per gallon or $5 per five gallon bucket of paint.
Finally, residents may also visit the metro hazardous waste facility located at 1105 Prairie Drive SW in Bondurant during normal business hours. They’re open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Please call 515-967-5512 for more information on what is accepted.
Hazardous waste materials such as batteries, solvents, paints, railroad ties, concrete, bricks, fertilizer, building materials and appliances are not accepted in the April 16 and 17 Spring Cleanup Event.
For more information about spring cleanup, click here.