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Industrial & Special Waste

Special wastes, including caustic; dusty; odiferous; potentially regulated; bulky, and difficult to bury items, have special requirements.

Industrial & Special Waste


  • $53.00 per ton
  • 1 ton minimum charge applies
  • Special waste must be pre-approved
  • Only accepted Monday - Friday before 3:00pm; special waste is NOT accepted on Saturdays


Special waste is only accepted at 1954 County Home Road, Marion

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Waste Handling Requirements

A completed WASTE PROFILE FORM, and written approval, is required to dispose of special waste. The Agency follows State of Iowa special waste handling requirements and is authorized by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to administer a special waste program. Our experienced, professional environmental staff can assist you with a special waste request. 

The Agency accepts out-of-county special wastes on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of Agency management.

For more information, please call our office at (319) 377-5290.

Industrial & Special Waste Examples

  • Dusty
  • Odiferous
  • Voluminous
  • Potentially regulated
  • Caustic

Examples of non-hazardous special waste include pollution control residues such as baghouse dust, wastewater or scrubber sludge, or spill clean-up debris. Special wastes can also include dusty or combustible wastes such as paint filters, grain flours or starches, blast media, or unused or off-spec non-hazardous chemical products.  To ensure safety and compliance with our permit, the Agency reserves the right to declare any waste a "special waste" when special handling is needed. Generators and haulers must have prior written approval from the Agency before disposing of a special waste in the landfill.

Non-Hazardous Liquid Waste

The Solid Waste Agency does not accept liquid wastes.

Solar Panels

The Solid Waste Agency does not accept solar panels from businesses for landfill disposal or recycling. Solar panels are considered hazardous waste because the glass portion of the panels may contain lead, cadmium, or other RCRA metals.

Business disposal options include contacting the manufacturer to see if they will accept end of life solar panels for proper disposal. There is also a recycling vendor in the Des Moines area taking solar panels for a fee