Garbage and Construction/Demolition Waste Disposal - Primary Service Area

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Boone County Landfill Sign

Garbage disposal has become more complicated as time progresses. Gone are the simple days of taking garbage down to the town “dump” and leaving it laying on the ground exposed to the elements.

Garbage disposal in Iowa is an extensively regulated industry. Many types of materials are now prohibited from landfill disposal and must be recycled. While it often seems that there are too many regulations, these same regulations seek to protect the environment and the publics’ health from the garbage we make.

Considered a leading environmental protection facility for the final disposal and management of solid waste, the award-winning BCL has been acknowledged as one of the best operated landfills in the state of Iowa. Since its opening many years ago, the BCL has seen many changes. New solid waste management planning guidelines, additional and more stringent federal and state regulations, and an emphasis on diverting waste have all helped to ensure that the BCL is a sound environmental resource for the population it serves - now and in the future.

Covered Load Policy:
Effective October 1, 2017 the Boone County Landfill and Transfer Station will charge $25 fee for any untarped or unsercured load that enters the facility. A charge of $100 will be charged for any large vehicle (20yard or more). This applies to all vehicles that intend to dump at the facility including construction debris, household garbage and loose bags for garbage. This charge will be in addition to any charges for dumping. Loads must be tarped from the point of origin. It will be at the discretion of the scale attendant to determine whether a load is not secured or not tarped.

Exceptions to the rule: White goods(appliances), large pieces of furniture, electronics and branches do not need to be tarped, but must be secured. Trash cans with lids do not need to be tarped but must have the lid secured in order to keep trash from leaving the container. These covered load rules are in effect in an effort o reduce litter and prevent accidents and injury.


  • Residential Garbage
  • Commercial/Workplace Garbage
  • Construction & Demolition Waste (i.e.,wood, shingles, rubble, etc.)
  • Asbestos

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In addition, the following agencies offer assistance to workplaces throughout Iowa:

Iowa Waste Exchange for business waste

Iowa Waste Reduction Center


  • Asphalt from paving
  • Dead animals
  • Deer carcasses
  • Hazardous and/or infectious waste
  • Liquids of any type
  • Petroleum contaminated soils
  • Crane Mats
  • Railroad Ties
  • Riding lawn mowers

Semi-Loads: While we routinely accept rear load-out semis, side-dumps can be problematic to unload if we are in a tight area. Please contact us in advance so that we can work with you to ensure that we can accommodate side dump trailers.

Rejected Loads: In the event we must reject a load for any reason, it is the hauler’s responsibility to reload any material that has already been unloaded.

Why are deer carcasses not accepted at the Boone County Landfill?

Deer carcasses are not accepted for a variety of reasons. Chief among these concerns the threat of chronic wasting disease. Many people do not realize that the waste they bring to the landfill may make one more trip even after being landfilled. This is due to the fact that the fluids in our garbage are collected at the bottom of the landfill in a manner similar to a sewer system.

The fluids that come into contact with garbage are called leachate. The leachate from the Boone County Landfill flows into a number of holding tanks. These tanks are pumped out and hauled by tanker truck to the City of Boone water pollution control facility for treatment. The treated water is discharged into Honey Creek. Honey Creek flows through state game lands before emptying into the Des Moines River.

No water pollution control facility in existence has any impact on destroying chronic wasting disease. The disease can lay dormant in landfills for seven years or longer. Therefore, if the landfill accepted deer carcasses that end up being infected, the leachate generated from the landfill and sent to Boone could end transmitting chronic wasting disease throughout the Honey Creek watershed.

The Boone County Landfill has made arrangements with the Metro Park West Landfill north of Perry to accept deer carcasses from our service area. Their leachate treatment system does not have the same possible ramifications as ours. Information about the Metro Park Waste Landfill can be obtained from Metro Waste Authority.

Questions? Phone: 515.433.0591 Email:


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