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City of Ankeny News - News Release

Posted on: May 1, 2023

Ankeny Spring Cleanup and Tree & Branch Recycling Events

The City of Ankeny is offering Spring Cleanup and Tree & Branch Recycling events for residents residing within the city limits during the months of May and June. The events include:

Ankeny Spring Cleanup Days
Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Sunday, May 21, Noon - 4 p.m. 
Ankeny Sanitation Headquarters, 7002 SE Delaware Avenue

Tree and Branch Recycling
Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Sunday, May 21, Noon - 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Ankeny Maintenance Facility, 211 SE Lorenz Drive

Ankeny Cleanup Days, May 20, 21
Ankeny residents are able to dispose of large unwanted items free of charge. Visit  for more information about what materials are not accepted. Trucks larger than a pickup are prohibited from participating. Residents may bring tires, off the rim (limit 5 per household) and place them in a separate dumpster at the event provided by Metro Waste Authority, tires will not be landfilled like the rest of the debris, they will be recycled. Proof of residency is required. View more details about tire recycling.   

Tree & Branch Recycling, May 20, 21, June 24
Trees and branches that have a trunk size no larger than 8” in diameter and no smaller than 1” in diameter will be accepted. Twigs, tree roots, stumps and yard waste will not be accepted. Residents are asked to have the cut end of their branches stacked at the end of their vehicles for easy removal. Commercial vehicles and trucks larger than a pickup are prohibited from participating in this program. Proof of residency is required.

Free mulch and compost
The City of Ankeny offers free mulch and compost to Ankeny residents and businesses. The mulch and compost are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week outside the fence of the City Maintenance Facility. 

The compost is made from the wood chips and leaves the City collects during leaf collection days in the fall. The mulch comes from wood chipped during the City’s tree and branch recycling events. The mulch is rough and has not been dyed; however, it is still effective at retaining moisture and preventing weeds around trees and plantings.

Participation in these events is restricted to Ankeny residents living within the corporate city limits. There is no fee, however participants will be asked for proof of residency. 

Visit for additional information including a list of what items are not accepted at each of these events. 

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