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Posted on: March 15, 2021


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Metro area residents play an integral role when it comes to keeping the recycling program alive and robust in Central Iowa. As the agency leading the charge in terms of “Where It Should Go,” Metro Waste Authority is committed to keeping the program not only going but growing! That’s why, in November 2021, they will be opening the doors to a new Material Recovery Facility of their own. Starting in November, your recyclables will go to this new facility to be sorted and sold to manufacturers who will make them into new and exciting things. 

Here’s how residents can help…

As the famous Iowa phrase goes, if we build it, they will come. While Metro Waste Authority can supply the new facility with enhanced optical sorting and a state-of-the-art education center, they need your help making sure the RIGHT material makes it there, which all starts with your recycling choices at home! 

Toss the right things in your Curb It! cart 

You’ve heard it before, but when it comes to recycling, it’s best to stick with the basics. This includes: 

  • Plastics with twist-off lids 
  • Juice cartons 
  • Junk mail 
  • Newspaper 
  • Cardboard 
  • Aluminum & tin cans 

It’s easy to second guess yourself when you’re deciding what types of things belong in your Curb It! cart. A good rule of thumb, when in doubt – throw it out.  

Try to keep the wrong things out

While your intentions may be good, when items are wishfully tossed into your recycling cart, without sticking to the guidelines, it can turn the whole batch to trash. It’s like throwing a red sock in with a load of whites, you can’t undo everything turning pink!  

Items that are found frequently discarded by wishful recyclers include:

  • Plastic bags 
  • Coffee cups  
  • Pizza boxes 
  • Hazardous waste 
  • Styrofoam 
  • Yard waste 

Metro Waste Authority wants everyone to know how to recycle right. So, next time you see a wishful item in your friends’ recycling, or an aluminum pop can in their garbage, spread the word so we can all become recycling experts.  

If you are wondering if an item is recyclable, visit the recycling guide on Metro Waste Authority’s website,, or give them a call at (515) 244-0021.

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