3369 Highway 6 Trail, Homestead, IA 52236
Mailing Address: PO Box 371, Marengo, IA 52301
Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm - Last load received at 3:30 pm Saturday 8 am - Noon - Last load received 11:30 am
The Regional Environmental Improvement Commission (REIC) operates the Iowa County Landfill. The landfill is located on Highway 6, two miles east of Homestead on 120 acres, with an estimated life expectancy of fifty years. Landfills have made many changes over the past several years and are closely monitored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Some items have been banned for environmental reasons and some items require special handling, but can still be landfilled.
A few tips before loading up and coming to the landfill. There are designated areas at the landfill where certain materials may be disposed of. Metal, household trash/items, construction/demolition debris and appliances, electronics and tires must be placed in specific areas. Appliances, electronics and tires are then picked up for recycling. Environmentally safe electronic waste disposal is now available at the Iowa County Landfill. Electronic waste includes computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, TVs, stereos, copiers, DVDs, VCRs and other small electronic items. These items contain lead and other substances which are harmful to the environment if disposed of improperly. The landfill contracts with DNR approved recyclers to dispose of or recycle these items. When loading up, try to separate these types of items to make unloading easier.
- Garbage/household items, construction/demolition:
- Iowa County residents $45/ton, minimum charge $7/load-if under 320 lbs,
- Out of county residents $75/ton.
- Appliances: $10; includes refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, microwaves, dehumidifiers, furnaces
- Tires: car/light truck $2; heavy truck $4; tractor tires are weighed at $0.07/lb.
- Electronics: computer monitors $7; TVs under 19" $15; large console TVs $20; small printers/fax/copiers/DVD/VCR $3; large printers/fax/copiers $15
- Tree limbs/brush $40/ton--NO YARD WASTE--
- Furniture (sofas, recliners) mattress, box springs: $4
- Paint and hazardous chemicals cannot be landfilled: See below
Household Hazardous Materials Collection Center-Appointment Only
Products are considered hazardous when they contain one or more of the following characteristics: toxic, corrosive, reactive, combustible. The HHM accepts materials at no charge form Iowa County residents. These items are accepted on Thursdays 9:00am - 2:00pm. Call 319-828-4943 during landfill hours to schedule an appointment.
- Acceptable items: Hazardous products from your kitchen, bathroom, garage and workshop. Lawn and garden chemicals, photo developers, pool chemicals, pesticides, fertilizer, oil based paint, oil filters, antifreeze, propane cylinders, empty fire extinguishers, asbestos (by appointment).
- Items NOT ACCEPTED: Latex paint, ammunition/explosives, radioactive materials, medical waste, sharps and used motor oil. Small amounts of latex paint can be dried out and put in your regular trash.
GIVE AWAY UNUSED PAINT TO GROUPS THAT CAN USE IT. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL, CHURCH, THEATER GROUPS, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS.
Please use provided curbside or drop-off recycling programs for your corrugated cardboard, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, steel/aluminum cans and plastic containers. Contact the following locations for their recycling rules and requirements. Drop-off locations are:
Cox Sanitation & Recycling Center, 226 335th Street, North English 800-504-9068 or 319 664 3025
Amana Appliance Recycling Center, northwest parking lot, available to employees/residents of the Amana Colonies 319-622-2632
City of Victor Drop Off, east end of 1st Street
S&J Recycling Center, 451 Court Avenue, Marengo 391-981-9213
It Doesn't All Have To Be Landfilled...one man's junk is another man's treasure!
- The Furniture Project, 319-358-6800 The Furniture Project is a program that provides good used furniture, such as beds, dressers, tables and chairs, to local households in need at no cost. The Furniture Project is managed by the Successful Living Program and sponsored by the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center which can be reached at 319-356-5185.
- The Salvage Barn, 3900 Hebl Avenue SW, Iowa City 319-351-1875
- City Carton Recycling, 3 E. Benton Street, Iowa City 800-369-6112
- Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Restore, 725 N Center Point Road, Hiawatha 319-294-1500
- Check the Yellow Pages for local second hand shops, Salvation Army and Goodwill
Iowa County Zoning Ordinances
A notice from the Board of Supervisors, Iowa County, Iowa, 970 Court Ave., Marengo, Iowa 52301, 319-642-3041
Iowa County, Iowa is not regulated by zoning laws unless:
- The property is within two miles of any city limit.
- In the Amana Land Use District. In those cases, the city or the Land Use District would have to be notified.
- There are also restrictions in Lenox Township in reference to the Eastern Iowa Airport, (see document recorded at Book 33, Page 175, and updated in Ordinance #18, recorded in Book 462, Pages 158-167).
- In the agricultural areas of Greene and Iowa Townships.
- Ordinance #12 in reference to the Belle Plaine Airport, (see document recorded in Book 330, Pages 191-200).
- Iowa County has adopted Ordinance #32 on May 16, 2008 placing certain restrictions on building in Zone A of the Flood Hazard Boundary map. A copy of the flood hazard boundary map can be viewed in the Iowa County Auditor's Office.
Also, if a well or septic system is to be installed, you would need to contact Rick Heller, Environmental Director, at 319-828-4401
Iowa County Health Department www.co.iowa.ia.us
Iowa County Courthouse www.co.iowa.ia.us
Johnson County Landfill www.icgov.org
Iowa DNR www.iowadnr.gov
Richard Heller is the Environmental Director and Sanitarian for Iowa County. Rick is the person to contact when you require the following services.
- Water Testing: Water testing is done Monday-Wednesday. There is no charge for the first water test. If there is a problem with the water, there is no charge for re-testing.
- Well Permits: A well permit is required when constructing a new well. Cost is $125. Contact your contractor for a permit application form or contact the Sanitarian and one will be mailed to you.
- Septic Permits: A septic permit is required when installing a new septic tank. Cost is $200. Inspection of an existing system is $200. Contact your contractor for a permit application form or contact the Sanitarian and one will be mailed to you.
- Well Plugging: The state will pay up to $400 towards the plugging of a well. Contact your contractor for a refund application or contact the Sanitarian and one will be mailed to you.
Septic Requirements For Iowa County
Contact the Sanitarian: Time of transfer requiring sellers to have their septic system inspected before the time of sale went into effect July 1, 2009.