First MEGA SCRUB Opportunity of 2022 for Des Moines Residents

Press release

Des Moines, Iowa — Friday, April 15, 2022 — For Des Moines residents, MEGA SCRUB represents a huge opportunity to get rid of huge items for free. Tomorrow (April 16) will mark the first MEGA SCRUB event of 2022 where residents can fill dumpsters with loose items, shred papers and dispose of hazardous household chemicals for free at Hoover High School (4800 Aurora Ave. ) from 7 a.m. at 13h

“MEGA SCRUBs are our most anticipated events of the SCRUB season,” said Director of Public Works Jonathan Gano. “We only have four MEGA SCRUBs per year and this is a great opportunity to get rid of items that cannot be eliminated during our SCRUB events. We usually expect several hundred cars during MEGA SCRUB events, it can so there may be queues, but they usually move quickly at these events.

Des Moines residents are allowed to bring items for disposal free of charge during the MEGA SCRUB event, which includes an expanded list of accepted items including loose items, appliances, household hazardous waste and tires.

Proof of residency is required and will be accepted in the form of photo ID or a current utility bill with an address in Des Moines.

This Saturday, the Public Works Department will also host a monthly SCRUB event at the MWA Transfer Station (4198 Delaware Ave.) and MWA Composting Center (1601 Harriett St.) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For a complete list of accepted items by location and a schedule of other 2022 SCRUB and MEGA SCRUB events, visit

Additional items that are ONLY accepted at MEGA SCRUB events are:

  • Aerosols
  • Acids/Bases
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries: rechargeable mercury oxide (button cells), nickel-cadmium (NiCd), lithium (Li), nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) or car batteries)
  • Mobile phones
  • Cleaners, unblockers and liquid cleaners
  • Fertilizers
  • Floor care products
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Glues
  • Bulbs: High Efficiency Only: SFL, Ballast, High Intensity Discharge
  • motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • oven cleaner
  • Paints: Oil-based only. NO LATEX!
  • Petroleum based adhesives
  • pesticides
  • Poison
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • roofing tar
  • rust removers
  • Sharps: Must be contained in detergent bottles or sharps containers (not milk jugs or pop bottles). The lids should also be taped.
  • Shellac and stains
  • Thermostats/thermometers

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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