Landfill Safety Rules

Safety Rules approved March 11, 2013 by Solid Waste Agency

Speed Limits:  Speed limit on the scale is not to exceed 2 mph.  On landfill property other than the scale, speeds are not to exceed 20 mph. This is necessary for everyone’s safety.  Sudden stops and starts on the scale will not be tolerated, as scale damage may result.  Any party who causes damage to the scale will be responsible for the repairs.

Stop Signs:  All waste hauling vehicles must come to a full and complete stop at all stop signs.

Secured Loads:  All vehicles must have secured loads that prevent any leakage, littering or run off of waste material or fluids. Tarps are to be used that are secured tightly to the load, water resistant and not torn. No exposed waste material should be visible. Drivers are not to prepare for unloading until arrival at the designated area of the landfill inside the fenced-in area.  No tailgate of a vehicle is to be loosened or opened prior to unloading at the active work face.

Stuck Vehicles:  Due to conditions of a landfill operation and lack of properly equipped tires on vehicles, there may be times that vehicles become stuck in the active are of a landfill. When this occurs the following guidelines will be in effect:  Driver is responsible for the vehicle and any damage resulting from the towing or pushing.  Driver is to request assistance from the landfill operator for a push or pull.  Driver is responsible for hooking the truck to the landfill equipment with the driver’s tow chain.

Departure:  Drivers are to inspect their vehicles to make sure that they are clear of any waste debris prior to exiting the active area of the landfill. This includes clearing any waste from the roll-off boxes, closing the tailgate and re-tarping the vehicle if necessary to prevent leaking or littering.  Boxes are to be lowered before exiting the active work face of the landfill to avoid debris and nails being strung along the roadways.

Covered Load Policy: To avoid an additional $20.00 fee all loads brought to the landfill must be entirely covered with a tarp, snow fence or similar item. This includes lumber and large objects. Ropes alone are not considered a cover. Certain “difficult to cover loads” may be exempted on a case by case basis by staff.

Penalties: Any violations of these rules and regulations will result in an enforcement action that ranges from a written warning to suspension of landfill dumping privileges. Please request a copy of the Violation Form for specific guidelines on the enforcement action.

Conduct:  All persons entering the landfill will follow all instructions by landfill personnel and must follow landfill policies and posted rules for their own safety. Any person and/or persons refusing to follow all landfill rules, speed limits, policies and instructions will be suspended from the premises and the use of the landfill until further notice. Factors contributing to suspension can include, but are not limited to an individual being discourteous, disrespectful or disruptive, driving recklessly, or not abiding by Agency rules and guidelines.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited.

Acceptable Material for Disposal: Users may only dispose at the landfill, in accordance with permitted procedures, Commercial, Residential, and Construction and Demolition Waste which originates from Winneshiek, Clayton and Howard counties in Iowa, Fillmore County in Minnesota and the City of Postville in Iowa.

Construction and Demolition Waste includes Solid Waste from building materials, packaging, and rubble resulting from construction, remodeling, repair, and demolition operations on pavements, houses, commercial buildings, and other structures. Such waste may include: bricks, concrete, other masonry materials, soil, asphalt, rock, lumber, pallets, crates, rebar, glass, flooring, carpet and pad (only if the result of a remodel or demolition), sheet rock, roofing, insulation, windows, siding and gutters, steel and other metals generated by Construction and Demolition operations.

Special Waste

Items Not Acceptable for Disposal: Items not acceptable for disposal include asbestos, liquids (such as paints, solvents, oils, fuels, antifreeze), batteries, tires, yard waste, animals, hazardous, radioactive or infectious wastes, Freon containers, cardboard, fluorescent tubes, ballasts, appliances and electronics, untreated sewage, sludge.

Household Hazardous Materials may be disposed of at the Flloyd Mitchell Chickasaw landfill ( or at the bi-annual hazardous household collection; dates and locations will be posted closer to the anticipated dates.  Household Hazardous Materials in Iowa are defined as motor oils, oil filters, gasoline, diesel additives, degreasers, waxes, polishes, solvents and paints (with the exception of latex-based paints) lacquers, thinners, caustic household cleaners, spot and stain removers with petroleum base, and petroleum based fertilizers.  HHM’s do not include laundry detergents or soaps, dish washing compounds, chlorine bleach, personal care products and soaps, cosmetics and medications.

Items that shall be Recycled: Televisions, computer monitors and CPU’s,  electric motors, washers, dryers, microwaves, copy machines, freezers, refrigerators, water heaters, furnaces with or without motors, stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners, fire places are charged at $18.00 each.  Fluorescent ballasts are charged at $8.00 each.

User’s Responsibilities: User hereby acknowledges that WCL shall assume no responsibility for screening, examining or inspecting any or all loads delivered by User, except User shall permit, and hereby gives its consent, to allow WCL to examine, screen and/or inspect any or all loads at any time. User has the responsibility, to the best of their ability, to ensure waste delivered was generated in the Agency’s planning area and does not contain any hazardous waste. Commercial haulers shall inform, and have agreements with their clients to facilitate compliance. WCL reserves the right to refuse any loads it feels do not meet requirements.