* MAKE SURE ALL LOADS ARE SECURED WITH A TARP AND/OR STRAPS *
ON SITE RECYCLING
Appliances contain refrigerant, mercury switches, capacitors containing PCBs, ballasts and thermocouplers. These appliances are accepted for an additional fee at the site and are stored until they are demanufactured either by landfill staff or by an independent contractor. South Dallas handles nearly 1,000 appliances annually.
Florescent bulbs should not be landfilled but brought to the office for recycling.
Metal, tin, aluminum, etc are placed in an area on site until there is enough volume to have it baled and sent to be recycled. South Dallas ships an average of 200 tons per year of scrap metal to be recycled.
Brush, tree limbs, leaves and grass are accepted at the facility where, at least once a year, they are ground into mulch on site. Currently mulch is not offered to the public because SDCLA is able to use it as erosion control and cover material over newly seeded areas.
Computer monitors, TV's and electronics are collected and stored at the site where they are sent to an electronics recycler. The CRT's (cathode ray tubes) which contain lead, are removed and handled as hazardous waste. Other recyclable materials are removed and sent to processors to be used in other products. There is an additional fee charged for monitors and televisions. However, some electronics, such as printers, scanners, radios, cell phones, speakers, video recorders and players, are accepted at no extra charge.
Tires are separated at our site and sent to a recycler. Most of the tires go to a company where they are shredded or processed into crumb rubber and resold. Uses of tire chips and crumb rubber include placement under playground equipment for cushion and as drainage media. South Dallas Landfill has a cell that used shredded tire chips in its construction. The tire chips were placed at the bottom of the cell to allow the liquid to pass through into the leachate collection system.
Crumb rubber is also used to manufacture products like railroad crossing pads, speed bumps, anti-fatigue mats, sport fields, running tracks, etc.
Vehicle batteries are accepted at no charge. As long as South Dallas does not have an expense in recycling the batteries, there is no charge for you to bring them out. Batteries can also be taken to any retailer that sells batteries. Batteries should not be landfilled but brought to the office for recycling.
ADEL STICKER SYSTEM is a program for Adel citizens. Stickers are purchased at City Hall, put on appliances, computer monitors and TV's and placed on the curb for collection by the garbage hauler. This is a part of the contract agreement between the City of Adel and the garbage hauler. There is no additional charge for pickup.
CURBSIDE single stream recycling is available for residents in Adel and many of the surrounding communities. Toters are provided for the bi-weekly collection of cardboard, paper, tin, aluminum, plastic and glass.
ADEL BUSINESSES --Containers for cardboard and paper are placed in many areas of the business community to collect the volumes generated by businesses.
DROP OFF SITES are available for rural citizens of Dallas County who do not have curbside service. Call Dallas County Environmental Health for locations at 515-993-5803.
USED OIL--may be brought to the landfill and placed in our oil recycling container at no charge or taken to any retailer that sells oil. Waste oil may also be taken to Modern Motors (north of Adel) where that business has installed a used-oil burning furnace. (Federal law prohibits the land-filling of waste oil)
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EVENT scheduled on a Saturday in April is coordinated with Adel's SPRING CLEANUP. Usually held on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in April, this event is available to citizens of all areas who have household chemicals for which they have no further use. Held in the Adel City Park with volunteer help from the Adel Lions Club, this event collects over a ton of unwanted chemicals each year. Watch Adel City Newsletter, Dallas County News, and Adel Adviser for the date.
RECYCLING AT IT'S BEST AT SOUTH DALLAS COUNTY LANDFILL
The Adel spring cleanup, held in April of each year in coordination with the Household Hazardous Materials Collection event, is a time when Adel citizens put unwanted trash on the curb for collection by the garbage hauler. However, as items are placed on the curb the night before, others come by to see if there is anything they want. The old saying "One man's junk is another man's treasure" is very true. An average of 70 tons of waste is brought to the landfill for disposal on that day but we would estimate that over 100 tons is placed on the curb.
HELPFUL TIPS BEFORE COMING TO THE LANDFILL
THERE ARE SPECIAL AREAS AT THE LANDFILL WHERE CERTAIN MATERIALS ARE TO BE PLACED. METAL, APPLIANCE, TIRES, ELECTRONICS AND YARDWASTE ARE TO BE PLACED IN THEIR DESIGNATED AREAS.
REFRIGERATORS & FREEZERS:
Appliances should be empty of food when they come for disposal. However, occasionally a freezer may stop working and is full of spoiled food. You must advise the Scale House. That appliance will be handled separately as it cannot sit out in the open with the other appliances.
Leaves may be disposed of in paper bags, but if they are in plastic bags you will be required to dump them out. You do not need to bundle brush or tree limbs and they may be any length. SDCLA grinds the yard waste to use as mulch and erosion control at the landfill site.
. *PLEASE ENSURE NO GARBAGE, PLASTIC BAGS, and/or DEBRIS IS LEFT IN THE BRUSH PILE*
If you have a mixed load that includes yard-waste and other debris that CANNOT be processed advise the Scale House prior to dumping and they will direct you accordingly.
At the South Dallas County Landfill, the term "SECURED" means loads must be secured in a manner that no debris in the load could have been lost along your route to the landfill. (Driving slowly does not qualify as secured nor does "living in town"). Whether that is a tarp, straps or some other method, you may not litter along the roadway. This is strictly enforced and fines will be handed out by the landfill, as well as, the Iowa DNR, DOT and Local Authorities.