The City of Des Moines and Operation Downtown have established a recycling program aimed at creating a cleaner and greener Downtown Des Moines. Recycle DSM aligns with the City of Des Moines’ comprehensive plan, PlanDSM, which calls for the reduction of solid waste headed to the landfill.
Recycle DSM started as a pilot program with eight receptacles in October of 2016 in the Historic East Village. The program expanded to a 50-receptacle program in six months, with 20 recycling receptacles in Historic East Village and 30 in Western Gateway Park. The majority of bins were provided as part of a grant from Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Iowa Waste Exchange is a partner of the program. During the pilot program, a total of 87 percent of the material collected in the eight recycling receptacles in Historic East Village was recyclable!
The expansion was aided by the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program, which awarded Operation Downtown a grant in 2016 to add recycling bins to the City. Through the grant program, Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Company are working together to address one of the primary barriers to recycling in public spaces by making access to recycling bins more readily available and convenient.
Recycle DSM builds off of existing efforts that include cigarette butt recycling through Operation Downtown and recycling at various Downtown events, in addition to efforts by residential and commercial property owners to offer recycling options to their residents and employees. It makes Downtown Des Moines a cleaner and greener place to work, live and visit. Learn more about how you can contribute to recycling efforts in Des Moines.
In addition to the recycling bins, sidewalk art installed throughout East Village and Western Gateway encourages residents and Downtown workers and visitors to recycle. The art includes phrases such as “Eat.Drink.Recycle.” and “The future is in your hands — Recycle DSM.”