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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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November 4, 2022
CITYVIEW's Business Journal
22 From 2022
Business People Who Made A Difference

On November 3, 2022, Shirley McAdon was honored by CITYVIEW's Business Journal as a business leader who has made a difference in their community.  The CITYVIEW articles goes on to state...“Partnering with the City of Adel, the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Adel to improve Pedal Plaza, soon to be renamed Rotary Plaza, along the Raccoon River Valley Trail was a big project to bring to fruition in 2022,” said McAdon about last year’s accomplishments. “As a member of all three organizations, I found working together to write grants and work out the many details was daunting but satisfying to see all of the planning pay off. This project will enhance our community with another amenity to benefit our residents, our businesses and our visitors.

“I also served as the facilitator for the activities celebrating Adel’s 175th Birthday in 2022,” she continued. “From the repeat of the historic panorama picture downtown, to the ceremony marking Founders’ Day, to the Historic Downtown Adel Walk, to the Oakdale Cemetery Walk of historic figures, to the Sweet Corn Festival Adel History Trivia Contest, to the burying of the Time Capsule, it was a pleasure to work with all those who are helping to make 2022 a memorable year for Adel.”

McAdon says the best business decision she’s made “is to take into account how the positions I take at the Adel City Council table affect our residents and businesses. It’s very important to me to do my homework and study the issues to be able to make an informed decision on every policy or project. I listen to staff, the consultants, our businesses and our residents to try to gauge the impact the decision might have. The next step is to hear the views of the other council members and arrive at a consensus, all of us using our best judgement to set policy or take action on a project. This collaborative process can be time-consuming but well worth the effort.”

Her advice to others: “Even the small things you do to further the business community or improve the quality of life in your community can make a difference. Making connections with others can develop into partnerships to get things done.”

You can read more about the honorees in CITYVIEW's November, 2022 issue: 

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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Recent Fire On August 10

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.

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.
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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.
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Annual Meeting

The Agency holds its annual meeting in January of each year.   Watch for a notice of the next meeting in the Dallas County News and Adel Adviser or call the landfill office at 515-993-3148.

The Household Hazardous Waste Day in Adel is usually 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:

Other Information

2021 Innovative Project

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South Dallas County Landfill received the 2021 Innovative Project Award from ISOSWO (Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations) at the annual ISOSWO conference held on October 6th.  The award was for the Soil/Waste Exhumation, Soil Reclamation, Air Space Reclamation, and Subtitle D Compliant Cell Development of the SW Area.The current facility is land-locked with no development potential to the north, south, or east.  Expansion to the west is not currently an option.  In October of 2018, a life estimate placed remaining life of the facility at approximately 5 years.  The Landfill site was originally a brick quarry pit.  Much of the landfill has been filled with waste and soils required for operations must be purchased and hauled to the site at an additional cost.  Faced with these challenges, the Agency decided to investigate the SW Area to determine the condition of the old disposal area.  The SW area occupies 6.9 acres of the 68-acre site and began receiving waste during the late 1970’s.  The SW area fully complied with the regulations at the time and was closed in 1993.   Test pits discovered a final cover thickness ranging from 4 ft. to 12 ft. of soil with considerable quantities of soil placed between thin lifts of waste below the cap.

The Agency along with Turkle-Clark Environmental Consulting evaluated the advantages and disadvantages of excavating the SW area including the cost and staff time for the excavation and any equipment that might need purchased.  Seeing improvements to the environment and an increase in the life of the landfill, the Agency decided to proceed with the project.  After consultation with the Agency’s Engineer, HLW Engineering, IDNR approval was obtained to excavate the SW area.  Although solid waste exhumation has occurred at landfills in other states, this is believed to be the first major solid waste exhumation project in Iowa.  Staff had to experiment with various equipment to find the most efficient approach for the stages of the excavation.

The project has proven to be a positive benefit to the Agency, the City of Adel, and the environment.  The most significant community benefit is that the landfill life estimate incorporating the space gained by redeveloping the SW Area increases by almost 19 years.  The increase provides local residents and businesses a viable, cost-effective solid waste disposal solution.

Waste exhumation in the SW Area is ongoing.  Waste removal has been completed in the initial portion of the excavation area and construction of the first portion of the Subtitle D composite-lined disposal cell utilizing a portion of the former SW Area is now underway. 

Outstanding Professional Achievement Award

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Cindy Turkle
Turkle-Clark Environmental Consulting, L.C.



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