Des Moines

Large Container Guidelines

What are the container options and sizes available to me?
The container options are illustrated below:



10 Yard - 16'L x 8'W x 3'H
15 Yard - 13'L x 8'W x 6'H



20 Yard - 16'L x 8'W x 5'H


30 Yard - 18'L x 8'W x 6'H
40 Yard - 20'L x 8'W x 7'H


How many feet around and above the container are needed for Recology CleanScapes to deliver and service our container?
Recology CleanScapes trucks are 34 feet long. To enter a location and deliver a box, we require at least 34 feet plus the length of the box. As our trucks offload the container, we need 16 feet of overhead space.

When it rains, how do I minimize the amount of water inside the container? Will I be charged for water in the container?
Recology CleanScapes offers containers with solid lids which limit the amount of water inside the box. As our driver pulls the box onto his/her truck, water within the box may pour out due to the angle of the box. Depending on the makeup of the materials inside the container, water may or may not affect the weight of the container. Many materials soak up water and would add to the weight of the container, which does add to the overall cost of the container. If a lid is needed, please mention when making the request for the container.

In dry weather, my location is accessible to a truck. What should I expect during rainy weather?
During rainy weather, access to various sites may be limited due to mud, visibility, etc. If our driver feels that a location is un-serviceable or unsafe due to the weather, we will inform customers as soon as possible and continue service when conditions improve.

How do I work the lid on the container? How can I operate it safely?
If you have questions about how to operate your container lid, it is best to meet the driver onsite for the initial delivery. Our driver can show you how to safely use the lid.
For your protection, it is unsafe to remove the pins that connect the lid to the box.

What is the maximum weight that the container can weigh?
The maximum allowed weight is 14,000 lbs.  If your container weighs more than 14,000 lbs, the container will be off loaded at customer's expense. Materials such as dirt, concrete, bricks, or other heavy materials add tremendous bulk and weight to the container.

Can I have the box hauled at any time of day? Do you guarantee haul times?
In the City of Des Moines, Recology CleanScapes can haul large containers between 7:00am and 5:00pm only. We guarantee any haul within 24 hours of first notice to haul.

What do I need to know about loading the box?
When loading the box, the materials cannot be higher than the sides of the box.

What can/can't I put in the container?
For customers with boxes designated as Construction, Demolition, and Land-Clearing (CDL) debris, the following items are acceptable for recycle:

For customers with boxes designated as Construction, Demolition, and Land-Clearing (CDL) debris, the following items are accepted:

  • Wood waste

  • Metal and wire

  • Concrete, asphalt, rock, masonry, sand, dirt

  • Cardboard and paper

  • Hard plastics

  • Film plastics

  • Clean Polystyrene

  • Ceiling tiles

  • Plaster and drywall

  • Windows and glass

  • Roofing debris and asphalt shingles

  • Carpet

  • Toilets

  • Appliances

  • Mattresses (with surcharge)

  • Tires (with surcharge)

For garbage customers, the following items are prohibited:

  • Hazardous materials

  • Gasoline

  • Paints, thinners, oils, stains

  • Fluorescent light bulbs

  • Gas-filled containers

  • Batteries

When you are contacting customer service, it is useful to communicate the type of materials to be loading into your container so we can best assist you.

I am renovating my home that was built in the 1920's. What steps should I take to ensure that asbestos is properly abated?
Before starting any renovation, check out the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency website for more information.

You will need to take the following steps:

  • Conduct an asbestos survey by an AHERA-certified building inspector to locate potential asbestos-containing material.

  • File a Notification with Puget Sound Clean Air Agency prior to any demolition activities.

  • All friable asbestos-containing materials listed in the survey must be removed from the structure by an asbestos contractor prior to any demolition.

I need to put the container on my driveway but I am worried about cracking the concrete with such a heavy box. What can I do?
Full roll-off containers can be heavy. It is recommended that customers place sheets of plywood on top of the driveway where the container wheels and legs would go. Recology CleanScapes is not responsible for damage caused to property from roll-off containers.

Can I place the container in a public right of way?
Placing a container in the public right of way requires a street use permit. To request a permit please call the City of Des Moines at 206.870.6522.

What size container can I get for dirt or concrete?
Due to the weight of aggregate materials like concrete or dirt, a 10 yard container is the largest size available.

What is a dry run charge?
A dry run charge is a fee assessed if arrive to haul a container and cannot haul it due to access issues, an overweight container, or a request from the customer.

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