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Some materials are banned by local, state and federal rules. Other materials are only accepted during certain times or under specific conditions.


Banned Items

For the protection of public health and the environment, and in accordance with local, state and federal laws, the following materials are banned from disposal in the landfill and convenience area containers:

  • Regulated hazardous wastes, including flammable or toxic liquids (including paints), solids and fuels*
  • Pressurized cylinders*
  • Tires*
  • Appliances*
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) and all televisions & computer monitors*
  • Fluorescent bulbs/lamps*
  • Solar Panels
  • TSCA-regulated PCB-containing wastes, including capacitors, ballasts and transformers*
  • Lead acid automotive batteries*
  • Unapproved special wastes
  • Unapproved contaminated soil
  • Unapproved, undeclared or improperly packaged non-friable, friable, or regulated asbestos containing material (RACM)
  • Anything smoldering or on fire
  • Corrugated cardboard*
  • Yard waste*
  • Free liquids

*Accepted for recycling; fees may apply

If a banned item or material is identified in a load at the landfill or in a container in the convenience area, the load will be subject to surcharge.

Solar Panels

The Solid Waste Agency does not accept solar panels for disposal or recycling. Solar panels require a waste determination to assess whether the solar panel or its parts are considered hazardous waste. If determined to be hazardous waste, solar panels cannot be disposed of in Iowa landfills and would be subject to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jurisdiction under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Businesses or residents should contact the solar panel manufacturer to see if they will accept end of life solar panels for proper disposal. Businesses and residents are also encouraged to find outlets that will accept solar panels, either for recycling or other disposal options. Currently, the Agency is aware of the following disposal options:

ATEC Recycling, Inc.

5745 NE 17th Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
Phone:  515-244-7357
Fax:  515-263-6970

The Retrofit Companies, Inc.

1010 Hoffman Drive, Suite A,
Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone:  507-455-2181
Toll Free:  800-795-1230
Fax:  507-455-2192

The Agency does not recommend one company over another. There may be other outlets available. Contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for additional guidance.

Bulky Waste

Cost of Disposal:               $78.00 per ton

Bulky waste items must be declared and delivered before 2:00 p.m. Monday - Friday; bulky materials not accepted on Saturdays.

List of materials that are Bulky Items:

Mattresses - loads with 8 or more (Mattresses are charged $20.00 per mattress; recycling option for a lower cost information can be found here)
Telephone Poles – any amount
Railroad ties – 8 or more is a bulky load 
Boats (metal removed, off trailer; trailer can be left in scrap metal pile if unwanted)
Campers (appliances removed)
Stumps – greater than 12” across (diameter); stumps smaller than 12” should go to compost location
Root Balls – all root balls are garbage to be landfilled

List of Materials that are Bulky Items when brought in a Bulk Load (roll-off, dump truck, side dump, dump trailer, tractor trailer):

Conveyer belts 
Wire Cable Spool & Tanks
Plastic Culverts
Fencing with debris
Bales – plastic, paper, textiles, etc.
Mats/ Rubber Rolls

Large Animal Carcasses:                

$75.00 per carcass (for large animals that require a hole dug, such as horses, cows, llamas, etc.)

The Agency reserves the right to inspect or reject any incoming load. For More information, please call (319) 377-5290.

Vehicles Must Be Covered

All loads delivered to the Agency must be covered and secured to prevent material from blowing out.

Any vehicle without a cover will be subject to an unsecured load fine; $25.00 for residential loads, $100.00 for commercial loads.

Vehicle Unloading

Solid Waste Agency staff are not authorized to unload any materials from customer vehicles or trailers. Customers are responsible for unloading items from their vehicles or trailers.

Vehicle Towing

The Agency strives to maintain passable roads at the landfill. The Agency is not responsible for conditions which may cause vehicles to become stuck or disabled, including flat tires. Vehicle owners are responsible for obtaining towing services. Commercial haulers requesting assistance will be required to sign a waiver.

Inclement Weather

Wind speed/direction, ice or snow may warrant landfill closure or restrictions on the delivery of certain wastes. If the site closes, the public will be notified via website update and media releases. During windy or wet conditions, it is best to call the agency to confirm site conditions.

Call us at (319) 377-5290 for more information on restrictions or conditions.