What’s New At The Landfill

IMG_1228What’s New At The Landfill

We have starting put trash in a brand new Subtitle “D”, fully synthetic lined Landfill Cell! The new 9 acre cell is adjacent to the newest cell on the south side of the visible “hill” we opened in 2010. With this combined area we should have enough room for 3-5 years of waste disposal before the 3rd phase cell will be built.

Household Hazardous Waste

Landfill of North Iowa Regional Collection Center (RCC) for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)


Household hazardous materials (HHMs) have decreased by 40 percent and now comprise .035 percent of the waste stream. The study attributes the decrease in HHMs to comprehensive HHM programs that have been put in place since 1998, including 25 regional Collection centers (RCCs). Since 1998 the number of RCCs has steadily increased, and they currently serve 84 counties. The DNR’s goal is to have coverage available to every county in the state. The DNR is exploring ways to refine its pollution prevention programs, the Iowa Waste Exchange, and the Solid Waste alternatives Program (SWAP), in order to increase their efficiency and to provide the best possible outreach to business and industry.

Visit www.iowadnr.com/waste/ for more information

Lets Learn

Field Trips & Programs


What are the hours of the Landfill of North Iowa (LNI)?
The Landfill is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. & 8 a.m.-noon on Sat. Special arrangements can be made for after-hours programs.

Who can have a field trip at the Landfill of North Iowa?
Any school, club or civic group in the LNI’s service area. (The service area includes Cerro Gordo and Franklin counties, the communities of Klemme, Garner, Forest City, Joice, Hanlontown, Northwood, Kensett, Manly, Grafton and Nora Springs.

Are there any indoor facilities, in case of bad weather?
The Landfill of North Iowa has an Education Center located at the landfill. Many recycled materials were used to build the education center. The Education Center can accommodate up to 60 people.

Contact us for school tours

Is there anyplace where we can eat lunch?
Lunch may be eaten inside the Education Center. You may bring sack lunches, have a potluck, or you may hire a caterer at your expense.

What is there to learn about at the Landfill of North Iowa?
The Landfill of North Iowa is not just a place to take your trash. If you arrive by bus, we will provide a guided bus tour to show visitors how the landfill works. The LNI takes yard waste and processes it into mulch which is available at no charge to residents in the LNI’s service area. Wood waste is turned into wood chips and animal bedding. The LNI provides e-cycling (electronics recycling) year round. We are also a RCC (Regional Collection Center) for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). The Education Center is an outstanding example of how recycled materials can be used in buildings and everyday products.

If we can’t come for a field trip, can anyone come and talk to us?
Yes, we would be happy to come and give a program to your group as long as you are a school, club, or civic group within our service area.

What does it cost to have a field trip at the LNI or to have the Education Coordinator give a program?
Field trips and programs are provided at no charge to groups within our service area. Schools in our service area are also eligible to be reimbursed for transportation expenses through T.A.R.P. (Transportation Assistance Reimbursement Program) provided by the LNI.

How do we schedule a field trip, a program, or what if we have questions?
Contact Renee Bartling, Education Coordinator for the LNI, 1-877-526-3345 ext. 12 or education@netconx.net.