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Tree and Branch Recycling

To receive an e-mail reminder for these events, go to How Do I... > Apply For > Email Notification and select Recycling and Cleanup - Tree and Branch Recycling

Saturday,  May 20, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 from Noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

City Maintenance Facility, 211 SE Lorenz Drive.

Held three times each year, Tree and Branch Recycling Days allows Ankeny residents to dispose of trees and branches free of charge. The designated site for Tree and Branch Recycling Days is at the City Maintenance Facility located at 211 SE Lorenz Dr. across the street from Des Moines Area Community College on South Ankeny Blvd. 

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

Trees and branches must have a trunk size no larger than 8" in diameter. Larger sizes will not be accepted because of its inability to be recycled through the chipper. Branches less than one (1) inch in diameter, twigs, tree roots, stumps and other yard waste will not be accepted because they will clog and jam the chipping machine. Residents are asked to have the cut end of their branches stacked at the end of their vehicles for easy removal. 

Residents should insure that their vehicle or trailer is clear of items before loading with branches. Items such as ropes, chains, and fence posts have been pulled into the chipper by branches causing damage to equipment and injury to City staff.

Commercial vehicles and trucks larger than a pickup are prohibited from participating in this recycling program. 

For more information or if you have any questions feel free to call Public Works Operations at 515-963-3525.

If you missed Tree and Branch Recycling Days, contact your your trash hauler to arrange for pick up of our trees and branches.

Leaf Collection Days

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24 hours a day, Oct. 28- Nov. 19, 2017 
Extended through Wednesday, Nov. 22 at noon

Need Assistance unloading? We will have City staff onsite to assist Saturdays & Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center, 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive.

Held each fall, this four-week program allows Ankeny residents to dispose of leaves free of charge. The designated site for leaf collection is the Prairie Ridge Family Aquatic Center, located at 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive. 

The leaf collection site is open for leaf disposal 24 hours a day. City crews will assist residents on four consecutive weekends in 2017 beginning Saturday, October 28, through Sunday, November 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on those respective Saturdays and Sundays. Leaves collected in yard waste bags are permitted, and may be disposed in the containers provided. Plastic bags and other containers shall be removed by the resident following leaf disposal.

No open burning is allowed in Ankeny, so plan to take advantage of this no cost opportunity to dispose of your leaves. Residents residing within the corporate limits of Ankeny may participate in this program. 

If you missed Leaf Collection Days, options are still available to dispose of your leaves, including:

  • mulching or composting on your own property

  • bagging and placing them at the curb for your trash hauler to pick up (contact your trash hauler for complete details)

Christmas Tree Pick-up

To receive an e-mail reminder for this event, go to How Do I... > Apply For > Email Notification and select Recycling and Cleanup - Holiday Tree Pickup.

Held each January, residents can place their Christmas trees along the curb, in the right-of-way. City crews will make one pass through the community. Residents living in private developments or on private streets should also place their trees upon the city right-of-way to be picked up. City crews cannot access private streets or drives to pick up trees. 

Trees should be free of all ornaments, decorations, tree stands and plastic hauling bags. Please secure your tree to keep the tree from blowing onto the street and creating a traffic hazard. No other trees or branches will be collected during the pickup program.

Free Mulch and Compost

The City of Ankeny offers free mulch and compost to Ankeny residents and businesses during the spring and summertime.

The mulch and compost are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week outside the fence of the City Maintenance Facility, located at 211 SE Lorenz Drive.

The mulch comes from wood and yard clippings that are dropped off and 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.

The compost is made from the wood chips and leaves the City collects during leaf collection days in the fall. The City periodically turns the compost pile with heavy equipment. The natural organic processes raise the temperature of the material but we do not add any artificial heat or cook the compost.