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

A:  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 up 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 (

Q:  Why is the landfill only open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm during the week?

A:  The landfill requires set-up time each morning as well as time at the end of the day to properly close the facility.  Our operators work a full 8 hour day - 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.  In addition, the landfill is open on Saturday mornings from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. to accommodate customers that cannot make it to the facility during the week.

Q:  When are free yard waste days?

A:  Free Yard Waste Days typically run in the spring from April 15th through May 31st and in the fall from October 1st through November 15th.  Click here for info on Spring and Fall Yard Waste Days. 

Q:  Are televisions and computer monitors considered appliances?

A:  No, they are not considered to be appliances. 

Q:  Can I throw my computer monitor or TV in the garbage?

A:  It depends.  If the items are from your home, yes you can throw away as garbage.  Please contact your hauler first.  If from your workplace these items cannot be landfilled and must be recycled.  Please call the landfill at 515.433.0591 for recycling information.

Q:  How do I report illegal dumping in Boone County?

Illegal dumping a crime that Boone County takes very seriously.  If you observe a illegal dumping situation while it is taking place, please call 911 to report it.  If you come across an illegal dump site after the fact, please call 1877-2NODUMP (1-877-266-3867).  This will put you in touch with the Boone County illegal dumping enforcement officer.

Q:  When is the next Dragoon River Romp?

A:  The next Dragoon River Romp is scheduled for September 21st , 2019.

Q:  What can I do with used compact fluorescent light bulbs?

A:  The satellite facility and the RCC will accept compact fluorescent and regular fluorescent light bulbs as part of the household hazardous waste program. For more information click here.

Q:  How do I arrange to have someone come and speak to my group about an environmental topic?

A:  Our staff love the opportunity to speak with groups on a wide range of environmental topics.  We can tailor a presentation to suit your needs.  Please call 515.433.0591 or email us at

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