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Trash Services & Waste Management in Des Moines, IA

Aspen is an independently owned, environment-friendly waste collection service. In addition to trash service in Des Moines, IA, we serve residential customers in the following cities:
Des Moines
Story City
West Des Moines.

You can expect more from us than just Des Moines trash removal. We have spotless trucks. attractive collection containers, Neat and courteous drivers, as well as real people who answer the phones. To find out if Aspen does Des Moines trash service or your area, call 515-974-1600.

No time to call? Tap or click request service and we’ll get back to you at your convenience.


Aspen collects recycling every other week on your trash service day. Please have your carts out by 6:30 a.m. Aspen provides a 65 gallon container for single sort recycling in addition to a 35, 65 or 95 gallon container for trash.

You are assigned a pickup week — GREEN or GRAY — depending on where you live. If you don’t know your pickup week for Des Moines recycling pickup, please see your new customer information, call Aspen customer service at 515-974-1400.

Get Aspen’s residential holiday collection and recycling calendars here.


In addition to Des Moines trash pickup, we also handle Des Moines yard waste. To schedule an one-time pickup, please call Aspen at 515-974-1600


Send a service request.

What’s considered yard waste?

This is yard waste

  • Bagged leaves
  • Bagged grass clippings
  • Bagged garden waste (Limit 35 lbs. per bag)
  • Brush and twigs (limbs no more than 3 in. in diameter and no more than 4 ft. long tied in bundles no more than 2 ft. in diameter.)

This is not yard waste

  • Dirt, sod, hay, straw
  • Tree stumps and Large branches
  • Animal feces
  • Dead animals
  • Rocks, concrete, asphalt



Trash cans with the Aspen Waste logo on themYour Des Moines trash service includes free use of a clean, attractive, sturdy cart with wheels.

Monthly rates depend on cart size.

35 Gal.
Recommended for households of
1-2 people.

65 Gal.
Recommended for households of
2-3 people

95 Gal.
Recommended for households of
4+ people


Aspen can pick up appliances for an extra charge. Call Aspen customer service for rates.

Other appliance pickup services:

Appliance Professionals
Call to arrange drop off time. Fees can be less expensive than Aspen.

Iowa Baptist Mission

Aspen does not pick up electronics. We recommend calling:

A-Tec Electronics


Aspen Waste also handles big Des Moines trash jobs. If you’re cleaning, moving, or remodeling and need large-sized trash collection in Des Moines, we’ve got you covered. When you tackle a big project such as remodeling, landscaping or an extra-thorough spring or fall cleanup we can provide the container you need to get rid of the extra debris. We’ll deliver a roll off box that’s the right size for your job on the day of your choice. Call us at 515-974-1400, or send an on demand service request.


Less than a roll off? We’ll collect trash that’s too much for your cart, such as furniture, on the day of your regular pickup or any other day when you call or request an extra pickup.

Roll off container sizes

Size Typical Exterior Dimensions Max. Volume
20 yard 22 ft. long by 8 ft. wide by 4 ft. high 20 cubic yards
30 yard 22 ft. long by 8 ft. wide by 6 ft. high 30 cubic yards
40 yard 22 ft. long by 8 ft. wide by 8 ft. high 40 cubic yards


Please call Aspen customer service at 515-974-1400 to discuss your options, obtain pricing and schedule delivery.

How to Save on Big Disposal.

When filling a roll off container, don’t intermix different types of waste in the box.

Construction/demolition waste, yard waste and household trash are each taxed differently. Household trash incurs a much higher tax rate, so if you contaminate your yard waste or construction debris with trash, you may have to pay much more than anticipated to dispose of it. Also don’t hide prohibited items in the load, such as tires or appliances, because you will be charged at a much higher rate by the disposal site.