Garbage (solid waste)
Residents and Commercial Businesses can haul garbage to the landfill.
All incoming customers are required to weigh on the scale located
at the recycling center. All garbage coming to the landfill must
be tarped and the tarp tied down securely to prevent litter on the
roadways. All end-gates must be in the upright position. After the
load is weighed, customers proceed to the landfill to unload the
garbage. After the load is unloaded, customers go back and weigh
empty at the recycling center. Cost of disposal of garbage is $41
Appliances include washing machines, clothes dryers, microwaves,
dehumidifiers, air conditioners, furnaces, refrigerators, and freezers.
The Commission has a contract with Quant Auto Salvage
who comes and picks up the appliances and de-manufactures them according
to Iowa's regulations. After the appliances are de-manufactured,
the scrap metal is sold to a salvage yard. Cost for disposal is
$10 per appliance.
The Commission has a processor, Liberty Tire; pick up tires that
are brought for proper disposal. All sizes of tires are accepted
and the cost for disposal is $185 per ton based on the tonnage delivered.
Brush and Sticks
The Commission has an area designated for sticks and brush which
are burned according to regulations set forth by the Department
of Natural Resources. The cost for disposal of brush and sticks
is $41 per ton based on the tonnage delivered, minimum charge of
The Commission has an area designated for grass and leaves. All
grass and leaves must be emptied out of the bags and the bags taken
home and reused or put in the garbage. There is no cost for disposal
of grass and leaves.
Clean dimensional wood waste and pallets
are ground into a wood mulch that can be used in flower gardens and
for new tree plantings. The
mulch is sold in bulk for $50 per ton.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has
determined that most colored cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are hazardous
waste. A CRT is a vacuum glass tube, which is the video display
component of a computer monitor or television. Colored CRTs from a
business CAN NOT be disposed of in an Iowa landfill. Cost of
recycling CRT's from businesses and residents is $5.00 per TV or
Cost of recycling CRTs from a business is $.35
per pound for the monitor or television with the hard drive, key
board, and mouse being free.
Residents can also recycle the CRTs for
$.35 per pound for the monitor or television or choose to pay the
garbage price per ton for disposal in the landfill.