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Appliances contain refrigerant, mercury switches, capacitors containing PCBs, ballasts and thermocouples.  These appliances are accepted for an additional fee at the site and are stored until they are demanufactured either by landfill staff or picked up by an independent contractor.  South Dallas handles nearly 1,000 appliances annually.  


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, a contractor comes to the site to grind the material.  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 recycleble materials are removed and used in the form of raw materials or products.  There is an additional fee charged for monitors and televisions.  However, other 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 of a recyclers.  Most of the tires go to a company where they are shredded and resold.  Uses of tire "chips" include placement under playground equipment for cushion and drainage media.  South Dallas Landfill uses many tons of shredded tire chips when constructing new cells.  The tire chips are placed at the bottom of the cell to allow the liquid to pass through into the leachate collection system. 


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.


Used Oil is accepted at no charge.  Please advise the Scale House. We have a container for you to pour the oil in to.



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 BUSINESS--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 ad placed in our oil recycling container at no charge or oil may also be taken to Modern Motors (north of Adel) where that business has installed a used-oil burning furnace.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE 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.


Adel spring cleanup, held in April of each year in coordination with the Household Hazardous Waste 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.