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Meeting Schedule

The South Dallas County Landfill meets monthly on the following dates:


Location:     2000 Main St, Adel, Iowa
Time:          Thursday at 3:30 PM






MAY 11









The agency holds its annual meeting in January of each year.  The board, staff and consultants present a program about the landfill, its history and future.  This meeting is open to the public.  Watch for notice of the meeting in the Dallas County News and Adel Adviser or call the landfill office.

South Dallas County Landfill Agency

FY16 Annual Meeting

January 27, 2017

The South Dallas County Landfill Agency is located on the northwest side of the city of Adel
and spans about 68 acres of abandoned clay pits. The permitted service area is the City of Adel
and the Metro Waste Authority service area (all cities and the unincorporated areas in Polk
County, the cities of Dawson, Linden, Minburn, Perry, Redfield, and Waukee, and the
unincorporated area of Dallas County; the cities of Mingo and Prairie City in Jasper County and
the city of Jefferson in Greene County). Municipal solid waste is only received from the city of
Adel. Construction and demolition waste may be received from the entire planning area through
a reciprocal agreement with MWA. The landfill also accepts recyclable materials.
  The portion of the site that has been or will be used for waste disposition occupies
approximately 42.5 acres. The southwestern fill area was capped and closed in 1992 (11.34
acres). The northeastern vertical expansion fill area was reopened in 1992 (12.36 acres) and is
now filled. Phase 1 of the horizontal expansion to the west began operation in the fall of 1998
and is now closed, covered and seeded. Phase 2 construction was completed spring of 2005.
Phase 3 was constructed in 2011 and is the current working area.
  The landfill’s permit was continued from May 20, 2015, until December 31, 2015, when a
new five-year permit was issued.

The Annual Meeting and staff appreciation event includes a public information session
providing an update on environmental issues and on operations for fiscal year 2016, as well as a
recognition of the contributions of staff to the successes of the landfill.

Operations include a working face for garbage, a wet-weather area, an area for brush, and an
area for recyclable materials. GPS installed on both the compactor and the dozer continue to be
valuable to make sure space is being used to the fullest. A new loader replacement was
purchased along with a used water truck for road dust control.

Revenues increased this year by about 27.3% due to new construction in Adel. Expenses
decreased by about 0.7% because of a lower cost for cover dirt. The landfill continues to aim for
efficiency, while funding current operations, planning for the construction of future cells, and
reserving funds for the eventual closure and post-closure requirement for landfills.

The landfill meets all of the requirements of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. A
testing schedule for contaminants and methane gas is maintained. Wells that were flooded in
past heavy rain events were replaced. The landfill found no demonstration grants existed to help
defray the costs of excavating the closed southwest area to reuse that area for further waste
disposal, extending the life of the landfill. However, a preliminary cost analysis showed
projected benefits from a recovery of air space that would extend the life of the landfill and of
daily cover materials and final cover dirt, regardless of whether some of the cost would be
defrayed by grant funds. Through a process of potholing that attempts to gauge the composition
and quality of the buried materials prior to excavation, it was determined that the quantity of
useable materials would probably far outweigh the garbage in the cell that would have to be re-
landfilled. About one-third of the southwest area has been excavated, requiring the purchase of
used equipment, additional fuel expense and additional man-hours, but the tonnages recovered of
dirt have far exceeded expectations and less garbage has had to be re-landfilled than anticipated.
These percentages may change as work continues, however.

In regard to the site, an added benefit occurred when two boundaries of the southwest area
that had not been definitely known were discovered and mapped. The reclamation of the
southwest area will allow the landfill to be in a better position to design the final phases of the
landfill for better water drainage and space usage to prolong the life of the landfill and then to
minimize the cost of closure and post-closure. Barring any unforeseen problems, the project has
proven to have multiple long-term benefits: a better possible overall design for the landfill for
future cells for optimal drainage of surface water and use of space; the recovery of usable
materials; and a positive environmental impact due to the use of a liner and leachate system that
will be installed after reclamation that is not present now.


A public hearing will be held at 3:30 o’clock p.m. (local time) on the 13th day of July, 2017, at the scale house, South Dallas County Sanitary Landfill, located at 2000 Main Street, Adel, IA 50003 to consider construction of the Phase 4 Expansion, approval of plans, specifications and form of contract and engineer’s estimated cost of said Project. Further particulars concerning the scope and estimated cost of this public improvement project, including plans and specifications, may be obtained from HLW Engineering Group, 204 West Broad Street, Story City, IA 50248. Phone (515)733-4144. Electronic copies of the Bidding Requirements and Contract Documents may be obtained for no cost from HLW Engineering. Paper copies of the Bidding Requirements and Contract Documents may be obtained from HLW Engineering for a refundable plan deposit of $75.00. This deposit will be refunded if the documents are returned in a re-usable condition within fourteen days after award of the project. If the contract documents are not in a re-usable condition and returned timely, the deposit shall be forfeited.

If the public improvement, plans, specifications, form of contract and engineer’s estimated cost of the project are approved by the South Dallas County Landfill Agency, the Agency will proceed to consider bids solicited according to bid specifications contained in the contract and may accept the lowest acceptable bid, or reject all bids. This Notice is hereby published in accordance with a resolution duly adopted by the South Dallas County Landfill Agency on the 8th day of June, 2017.

Pursuant to Iowa Code §26.5, notice is given to potential bidders that written bids in accordance with the detailed bidding specifications, must be received prior to 2:00 PM (local time) on 11th day of July, 2017, at the office of the Director of the South Dallas County Landfill Agency, 2000 Main Street, PO Box 263, Adel, IA 50003, at which time the Director or his designee will open, read and tabulate the Proposals received. Proposals will be considered by the Agency at its regular meeting at the Scale house, South Dallas County Sanitary Landfill, 2000 Main Street, Adel, IA 50003 which begins at 3:30 PM (local time) on the 13th of July, 2017.

The general nature of the project is the furnishing of all labor, equipment and materials necessary for construction of a new landfill disposal area including: installation of a groundwater diversion layer, compacted clay base liner, flexible membrane liner, leachate collection system, and miscellaneous associated work, all as specified in the plans and contract. The work under the proposed contract shall commence within thirty days of the written Notice to Proceed. The work shall be completed by November 17, 2017, subject to any changes granted by the Owner. Bids shall be presented on a blank form furnished by the Agency, submitted in a sealed envelope marked “Phase 4 Expansion, South Dallas County Sanitary Landfill,” and accompanied by a separate envelope containing bid security in the amount of 5% of the bid as defined in Section 26.8 of the Iowa code and specified by the Agency in its bid specifications and contract. Further particulars may be obtained from HLW
Engineering Group.

Published by authority of the South Dallas County Landfill Agency.

Patrons are encouraged to read much more about the landfill on the landfill's

The mobile collection unit comes to Adel on a Saturday in April.  Watch the Adel newsletter for the exact date which is coordinated with Adel Spring Cleanup. 

The HHW Day in Adel is usually from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Kinnick Feller Park. The Adel Lions Club has volunteered to help with the event since it's inception in 1998.

2016 HHW COLLECTION -------  APRIL 16th --- 10am to noon -- Kinnick Feller Park

Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection events:



Iowa Department of Natural Resources -  www.iowadnr.gov

City of Adel - www.adeliowa.org

(See specific pages for additional links)