Hazardous Waste Disposal

The City of Indianola is offering residents one day to drop off hazardous waste on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Upon entering all residents please be ready to present a State-issued ID showing your address. Many home, garden and auto products contain potentially dangerous chemicals poisonous to people, fish, wildlife, and plants. Product labels containing the words "danger, poison, warning or caution" should be considered hazardous. Household products are also considered hazardous if they have at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Toxic - Item may cause injury or death upon being inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin.
  • Caustic/Corrosive - A chemical or its vapors can cause deterioration or irreversible alteration in body tissues and deteriorate.
  • Flammable - Item can ignite or explode under normal working conditions.
  • Reactive - Item can explode through exposure to heat, sudden shock, pressure, or incompatible substances.

Accepted Items

  • Aerosol cleaners
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Lithium and rechargeable batteries
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Drain and oven cleaners
  • Fertilizers and pesticides*
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Mercury thermostats
  • Metal polishes and rust removers
  • Oil and lead-based paint
  • Oil filters
  • Petroleum-based adhesives
  • Sharps/needles/syringes**
  • Stain and varnish
  • Weed killer*

Items Not Accepted

  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Ammunition/explosives
  • Cooking oil
  • Empty oil and anti-freeze containers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gas grill cylinder
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Latex paint
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Medicine***
  • Most empty containers
  • Motor oil
  • Propane cylinders
  • Radioactive material
  • Smoke alarms
  • Used tires


* Bag large items of Fertilizers and weed killers in a supplied plastic bag and close with included tie.

** Sharps must be placed in a laundry detergent bottle or sharps container, then tape lid shut with heavy tape.

*** If you have pills to get rid of please utilize the Police Department disposal. Drop off during regular business hours in the Police Department lobby at 110 N 1st Street use the South entrance. Call 961-9400 with questions. 


If you have any questions concerning the Indianola Hazardous Waste Disposal Site please contact the Street Department at 515-961-9415 or by email.  Another free disposal event will take place on October 19, 2021. You can also utilize the Metro Hazardous Waste Facility located at 1105 Prairie Drive SW in Bondurant.