Garbage & Recycling Services

Garbage and Recycling Collection Map

Missed collection? Call Ankeny Sanitation (ASI) at 515-964-5229.

City of Waukee solid waste removal services (garbage and recyling) are provided Monday through Friday by Ankeny Sanitation (ASI), and fees are included on monthly City utility bills. Carts should be placed at the curb, with the lid opening towards the street, by 7 a.m. for collection. Yard waste is collected curbside on Mondays from April through November. Holidays can affect collection dates. For example, the week of Labor Day, pick-up will be delayed by one day. If the holiday falls on a weekend, then there will be no delays.

Holiday Changes to Schedule (no collection when these holidays fall on weekdays):

New Year's DayMemorial DayIndependence Day 
Labor DayThanksgivingChristmas

If you live in a townhome, apartment or other multi-family housing location, you may have private trash collection and this information may not apply to you.

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Residential customers are provided a heavy-duty, 96-gallon wheeled cart with a hinged lid. To request a smaller size (65 gallons), call 515-964-5229. The cost for garbage, recycling and yard waste service is $15.00 per month. Try to fit all trash in the bin. If you have more trash than will fit, you may place it in bags next to the garbage bin. Small trash items that might blow out of containers, such as packing peanuts, should be bagged within the container. There is no limit on the amount of trash set out, with exception to large items, hazardous waste, tires and appliances.

Note to new residents: If moving into a newly constructed home, initial containers will be delivered to the home. Containers "ordered" prior to Wednesday morning in a given week will be delivered on Thursday (excluding holidays). If containers have not arrived by the first scheduled garbage day, set out bagged garbage for pick-up. If moving into an existing home, containers should be left by the previous homeowner. If not, please call 515-964-5229.

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Single Stream Recycling

Residential customers are provided a heavy-duty, 96-gallon wheeled cart with a hinged yellow lid. To request a smaller size (65 gallons), call 515-964-5229The cost of this weekly recycling service, which occurs alongside garbage collection, is included in the overall garbage fee.

Recyclable items include:

  • Plastics including twist-top plastic bottles and jars WITH caps and ONLY yogurt and butter/margarine containers WITH lids/tops
  • Paper food cartons/containers (not cylinder shaped)
  • Aluminum, tin and aerosol cans
  • Shredded paper placed in a paper sack or cardboard box
  • Newspapers, glossy inserts, magazines, mixed paper, broken down cardboard and chipboard (cracker and cereal boxes)
  • Glass jars and bottles

Not recyclable:

  • Plastic bags
  • Aluminum foil and baking tins
  • Compostable cups, plates, utensils and bags
  • Plastic and paper cups, tubs, lids and utensils (other than for yogurt and butter/margarine)
  • Containers for hazardous materials
  • Food contaminated items (pizza boxes, paper plates, etc.)
  • Styrofoam

Download a helpful flyer of what can and cannot be recycled. When in doubt, throw it out!

Yard Waste

Yard waste collection for City/ASI garbage customers occurs on Monday from April through November. Monday holidays may delay collection to Tuesdays. Open burning is not allowed within the city limits of Waukee. Yard waste materials must be put into biodegradable bags or reusable containers with a 40-pound maximum weight. Like garbage and recycling items, please place yard waste on the curb by 7 a.m. See tips to ensure your items are picked up.

Winter Bin Placement

During or after a snow event, please place containers in the driveway and not in the street. Containers left in the street could potentially be damaged by a snowplow and/or require snowplow drivers to park and leave their vehicles to move containers from their path. Thanks!


The City of Waukee contracts with the Metro Park West Landfill and the Metro Northwest Transfer Station to accept waste generated in Waukee. The landfill bills the City an annual per capita fee for the use of the landfill only. Rates and fees vary at the landfill based on the amount and type of items/materials of which residents dispose. Each City customer is charged a $3 fee to cover landfill usage costs; the landfill fee is included in the $15.50 monthly garbage fee.