News & Events


The South Dallas County Landfill Agency meets on the
second Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m.

2000 Main Street, Adel, IA

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Household Hazardous Waste Event.  Check Back for our 2025 event.

The Household Hazardous Waste Day in Adel will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Kinnick Feller Park. The Adel Lions Club has volunteered to help with the event since its inception in 1998.

Only residential Household Hazardous Waste will be accepted.  No commercial waste.

Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection events:
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April, 2024

Thank You, Adel Lions!

For 26 years, the Adel Lions Club has assisted the Metro Waste Authority in collecting household hazardous materials from area residents. The HHM Event has been hosted by the South Dallas County Landfill, but volunteers from the Adel Lions Club have helped the event run smoothly by checking in participants, unloading the materials, and sorting the materials into collection bins. Many Adel Lions have volunteered for these events since the beginning and are valued for their knowledge and efficiency. At Kinnick Feller Park on April 20, a collection of 3,431.6 pounds of chemicals, waste oil and other materials was received from 95 participants. Thank you, Adel Lions!
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January, 2023

Every winter, the staff takes a week to shred the brush pile.  This past year yielded 2,881 tons of brush that was shredded January 16th through the 20th.  The resulting mulch is used onsite for erosion control and must be free of garbage.  Customers may not include any garbage in the brush they bring in and staff monitors disposal.  The recycling of brush is another way the Landfill fulfills its responsibility to be environmentally prudent.
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November, 2022

South Dallas County Landfill is proud to have been featured in Adel's Living Magazine.  
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September 9, 2022
Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (ISOSWO) Tour

On September 9, 2022, the ISOSWO Chapter of SWANA held their monthly meeting in Adel.  Part of their meeting included a tour at the South Dallas County Landfill.  The group of 11 attendees learned some history about the Landfill from Cindy Turkle and met Mike Fountas (Director) and Shirley McAdon (Board Chair) before heading out to the site.  Their objective was to learn more about excavating the SW area project, a project that received the 2021 Innovative Project Award from ISOSWO.  The group observed the staff working in the area, while Mike Fountas explained the process.  The group also took a short tour of the Landfill.

Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (ISOSWO) is the Iowa Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). We are a statewide organization whose members are directly involved in solid waste management issues. Our members include public and private sector employees, along with consultants, engineers, planners, regulators, and local elected officials.

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August 10, 2022 Fire

South Dallas County Landfill recently had a fire on August 10.  Most likely it was caused by damage penetrating the battery pack of rechargeable/lithium batteries, causing a short circuit and the battery to catch fire.  This is usually how most Landfill fires get started.  The fire was brought under control by the Adel Fire Department.  The Landfill wants to educate the public on how to properly dispose of batteries, so we can prevent any fires in the future.
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Did you know rechargeable batteries contain hazardous material that is highly flammable? That’s right! When the shell is cracked on these types of batteries, they are susceptible to moisture and can easily start on fire. We’re not sure if you’ve seen the heavy equipment that collects and moves garbage, but those shells are sure to crack under the pressure! To know if one of your devices has one of these hazardous batteries, first ask yourself if the item takes a charge. Common gadgets that have hazardous batteries are cell phones, laptops, cameras, power tools, etc.
You can get rid of these types of batteries for free by dropping them off at the Landfill office during business hours.

Alkaline Batteries (AA, AAA): 
Traditional alkaline (single use) batteries can be recycled for $! per pound at the Metro Waste Authority Bondurant location. You can also throw alkaline batteries away in your normal trash or bring them to the Landfill office.
Answers to more questions can be found on Metro Waste Authority’s website.  As always, please feel free to call or stop by the Landfill if you have any questions.