The South Dallas County Landfill was operated from 1970 to 1993 by a private contractor when the Agency assumed responsibility for all phases of the operation. Facilities were upgraded in 2008 and include a new scale, office and equipment maintenance shop. Currently, the agency operates with four full-time and one part-time employee. All full-time staff are licensed, certified landfill operators.
The South Dallas County Landfill Agency (SDCLA) is a governmental non-profit agency organized in 1970 under Chapter 28E of the Code of Iowa and currently owns 67 acres with many years of capacity remaining. The SDCLA is a self-supporting entity. All costs to operate are paid by membership and user fees. No tax dollars are received for the financial support of the Agency.
Located on the northwest edge of Adel, the South Dallas County Landfill serves citizens of Adel and, by agreement, citizens of communities and rural areas of Dallas and Polk counties.
The SDCLA provides a convenient location for disposal of construction and remodeling debris created by the growth in western Polk and eastern Dallas Counties. Construction debris makes up a large portion of total tonnage. ____________________________________________________________________________
The 1987 Groundwater Protection Act changed operations at all landfills across Iowa. Groundwater monitoring was required along with stricter operating practices. In 1989, the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act required that every city and county in Iowa establish a recycling program to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.
Efforts to reduce waste are evident at the South Dallas County Landfill. Metal, yardwaste, electronics, tires, appliances, batteries, and CFL light bulbs are separated at the landfill site and recycled. In addition, curbside recycling of paper, cardboard, plastics and glass and yardwaste is available to the citizens of Adel and most of the surrounding communities. ____________________________________________________________________________
Ever conscious of protecting the environment, the South Dallas County Landfill has worked diligently to comply with the rules and regulations set forth by the EPA and DNR. The recently revised DNR requirements for both groundwater and air quality standards have had a significant financial impact on the facility and include additional requirements for cell construction and monitoring methods that will ensure the protection of groundwater and air quality.
As a member of the MWA Regional Collection Center for Household Hazardous Waste, the SDCLA, with the cooperation of the City of Adel, sponsors a collection event in April of each year at the Adel City Park for citizens to bring their unused, unwanted household chemicals for proper disposal. Other times of the year, citizens may take their items directly to the facility at Bondurant. Please call 1-888-603-2739 for hours of operation and specific regulations.
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