Overview & History of Facilities

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The Landfill Department manages a number of facilities and programs.

Boone County Landfill: The Boone County Landfill opened in May of 1970 as one of the very first sanitLandfill Working Area with garbage trucks and compactorsary landfills in Iowa. For the first 20 years a private contractor was hired by Boone County to operate the BCL. In 1990, daily operation of the BCL was assumed by Boone County.

May 1, 2010 marks the 40th year of operations for the Boone County Landfill.

Considered a leading environmental protection facility for the final disposal and management of solid waste, the BCL serves a population of 117,000+ in a service area that includes Boone, Greene and Story Counties (note: the Ames Resource Recovery Plant serves as the primary disposal facility for Ames and Story County) as well as select communities in Calhoun and Dallas Counties. 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.

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Keep Boone County Beautiful: An affiliate of Keep Iowa Beautiful, the Keep Boone County Beautiful (KBCB) program was started in 2002. The Landfill is the government sponsor of KBCB and provides staff to coordinate activities carried out by a dedicated volunteers. KBCB promotes awareness relating to litter and illegal dumping, beautification, and proactive solid waste management. The KBCB web page can provide more information as well as the Keep Iowa Beautiful web page.

Boone County Transfer Station (Recycling):  Since 1991, recycling services have been offered to all residents in the BCL service area (see above), including all of Boone County.  In 2008, the BCL assumed responsibility for all recycling services and continues to do so. Prior to March 2017, recyclable materials were handled through the recycling processing facility, where materials were sorted, baled, and sold to various outlets. 

Currently, recycling services for residents and businesses in the BCL service area are handled primarily through the BCTS located at the landfill.  All recyclable, household-type materials are collected at the BCTS and then transferred to a facility in Des Moines for processing and exporting.  Materials are collected throughout the county by residential curbside service, community collection locations in towns, and our businesses collection truck.

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