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.

Solid Waste Staff Roster
Solid Waste Management Factsheet

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.


  • Solid Waste Permitting - The DNR regulates the construction, operation and closure of facilities and projects that manage, process and dispose solid waste. This website provides information and tools to help facilities with the permitting process, including forms, contacts and information on code requirements.
  • Solid Waste Operator Certification - Landfills, incinerators, composting facilities, transfer stations and appliance demanufacturers are required to have certified operators.
  • Solid Waste Public Notices - View landfill documents open for public comment.
  • Solid Waste Rules and Policies - Contains links to Iowa Code and Administrative Rules, as well as any proposed rule revisions or new rules.
  • Solid Waste Facility Financial Assurance - Many solid waste facilities are required to have financial assurance mechanisms in place.
  • Special Waste Authorization - The intent of a special waste authorization from the department, is to assist in providing safe and proper management for disposal of wastes which present a threat to human health or the environment or a waste with inherent properties which make the disposal of the waste in a sanitary landfill difficult to manage.
  • Solid Waste Fact Sheets - Fact sheets regarding disposal/recycling of various hard to manage products

DNR Contact
Mike Sullivan 

Solid Waste Data

This page contains data and resources related to solid waste in Iowa. Information available includes landfilled tonnages, and waste composition data.

Beginning with Fiscal Year 2016 tonnage fee data can now be found online via the Solid Waste Database Tonnage Report Data link.

Tonnage Fee Distribution Fact Sheet

Historical Landfill tonnages

Fiscal Year 2019
Fiscal Year 2018
Fiscal Year 2017
Fiscal Year 2016
Fiscal Year 2015Fiscal Year 2014Fiscal Year 2013Fiscal Year 2012

Fiscal Year 2011Fiscal Year 2010Fiscal Year 2009Fiscal Year 2008Fiscal Year 2007Fiscal Year 2006Fiscal Year 2005Fiscal Year 2004Fiscal Year 2003Fiscal Year 2002Fiscal Year 2001Fiscal Year 2000

DNR Contact
Becky Jolly 

Resources and Information
Active Iowa Landfills