Central Office

About the Central Office

Metro Waste Authority's Central Office is home to the Administrative, Accounting and Public Affairs staff members. In an effort to support revitalization of the Historic East Village neighborhood, Metro Waste Authority chose this location when building downtown. The Central Office uses 10,000 square feet of space and leases the remaining 35,000 square feet to a variety of small businesses. It continues to support the area as a member of the Historic East Village Association.


300 E. Locust Street
Ste. 100
Des Moines, IA  50309
Phone 515.244.0021 
Fax 515.244.9477
Directions Located in the historic East Village at the corner of East Locust and East Second Street.


8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Closed on weekends and major holidays. 
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Educational Mural: No Action Too Small

Using Art to Share an Environmental Message

Chris Vance MuralsMetro Waste Authority continued its investment in the economic and cultural vitality of the East Village. “The east side of our building became a canvas for local artist Chris Vance to paint, ‘No Action Too Small,'” announced Tom Hadden, Metro Waste Authority's former executive director.

The public art was commissioned by Metro Waste to inspire through its abstract child-like drawings and to educate the public on recycling and protecting the earth. “Our goal for this piece is to increase foot traffic in the East Village while promoting environmental stewardship,” explains Hadden. “Each year, we allocate funding to public education, which is done in a variety of ways. We decided to use some of that funding to create a long-term piece benefiting the larger community.”

Vance completed the 30 by 60 foot image in two weeks. He was selected through an open submittal process overseen by Moberg Gallery. Local artists were asked to provide samples of their style and thoughts on how the piece furthers Metro Waste’s mission and public education.

Moberg Gallery

“This mural is going to be an iconic public art piece for Des Moines. I believe public art is a symbol of a city’s maturity and a reflection of their population’s creativity, so I hope others follow Metro Waste Authority’s lead and find their own way to support the arts in Des Moines.” – TJ Moberg

The Artist 

“My goal is to make it a destination point, a spot to gather, a topic of discussion to be shared, and a point of interest for children and adults. The completion of this wall mural will be yet another step in making Des Moines progressive in the arts and I am excited to have been chosen as the artist to create it.” – Chris Vance

About the Artist

A painter living in Bondurant, Chris Vance graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in fine art. His work exhibits in galleries and museums nationwide. Vance has received first place recognition in over 20 juried competitions. His work shows evidence of his printmaking background, his interest in street art and child-like drawings, and a new look on abstraction. Vance’s artwork was selected for the 2007 Des Moines Arts festival poster and for national marketing. His work can be found in many of Des Moines major residential and corporate collections including: Aviva, Nationwide, Blank Park Zoo, Mercy and Des Moines University.

Special Thanks

Thanks to our partners who have made this project more cost effective: