About the Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill

Landfill History and Future

The Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill is a regional landfill serving the counties of Winneshiek, Howard, Clayton and the municipality of Postville. The population served by the Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill is approximately 70,000. (2011 census)

The Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill is about 240 acres, of which about 83 acres are contained within the footprint of the existing landfill.

The Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill was opened as a privately owned and operated landfill in 1974 and remained so until January 1991. In 1991, Winneshiek County purchased the landfill and leased operations to the Winneshiek County Area Solid Waste Agency. The Winneshiek County Area Solid Waste Agency is represented by, Chairperson: Mark Vick, Vice-Chairperson: Dan Langreck, Treasurer: Keith Frana and Secretary: Leon Kipp

Costs associated with the closing of the landfill are called Closure and Post Closure costs, a portion of tipping fees charged at the landfill are reserved for the purpose of covering the closure and post closure costs. It is expected to cost around 5.1 million dollars for closure and post closure of this landfill. With the 2016 expansion project, and using current volumes, the landfill has approximately 30 years of space remaining. Once closed, the agency will monitor methane gas, settlement, ground water, storm water runoff, leachate, fencing, vegetation, building maintenance, and erosion for a period of 30 years.

Landfill Revenues

There is 20 pound minimum at the landfill and the tipping fee at the Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill is the sole means of revenue collected. The fiscal year (2019-2020) tipping fee revenue was approximately 1.47 million.

The tipping fee at the Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill is currently $71.00 per ton. All items accepted at the Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill are charged by the ton, with the exception of appliances (also referred to as white goods) and electronics (also referred to as brown goods). Appliances are charged at $18.00 each with the exception of commercial appliances which are charged at $1.50 per cubic foot of total unit size. Brown goods, including TV’s and computer monitors are charged at $18.00 each. Fluorescent ballasts are charged at $8.00 each. All white goods and brown goods collected at the Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill are de-manufactured and recycled off-site by a licensed third party. Glass materials, collected at Howard and Winneshiek County Recycling centers, are used at the landfill as a drainage layer. Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill pays $12 per ton for glass material received from Howard and Winneshiek County Recycling centers. Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill charges Clayton County Recycling $15 per ton for automobile shredder fluff; the landfill uses both clay and the shredder fluff as daily cover.