Solid Waste Section

Iowans generate 2.8 million tons of solid waste per year. Properly managing those waste streams is critical to protecting Iowa's land, water and air resources. To ensure environmental protection occurs, the DNR regulates solid waste facilities such as landfills, which are usually managed by cities and counties. As part of reporting requirements, local governments must establish comprehensive plans that outline their solid waste management system, provide alternatives such as recycling and composting, and set waste reduction goals.

This page provides resources for Iowa's solid waste facilities to achieve their planning and permitting requirements. 

The Solid Waste Database contains permitted facility information, including location, status, and contact information at each facility.  It also houses the Electronic Document Retrieval Report which allows users to open and view correspondence for each facility.


Resources and Information

  • Solid Waste Newsletter - Read about hot topics and current events in Solid Waste.
  • Public Notices - View landfill documents open for public comment.
  • Rules and Policies - Contains links to Iowa Code and Administrative Rules, as well as any proposed rule revisions or new rules.
  • Data - Landfill tonnage data, Waste Characterization Studies, and Tip Fee information.
  • Solid Waste Fact Sheets - Fact sheets regarding disposal/recycling of various hard to manage products.
  • Illegal Dumping - Illegal dumping data and program information.
  • Unit-Based Pricing - Variable rate pricing, user pay, or pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) system information.
  • State Revolving Fund - Offers low-interest loans for landfill closure projects.  May allow use of closure account for other closure-related projects such as transfer stations or recycling centers.

Solid Waste Staff Roster

Solid Waste Management Factsheet

DNR Contact
Amie Davidson