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Posted on: October 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Yard Waste Concerns at Buena Vista County Solid Waste & Recycling



For Immediate Release: 10-22-2021

For more information contact:            



Keri Navratil



Yard Waste Concerns at Buena Vista County Solid Waste & Recycling


On behalf of Lori Dicks, Manager of the Buena Vista County Solid Waste & Recycling, we share the following information regarding yard waste being deposited at the facility.


The Buena Vista County Solid Waste & Recycling Facility was contacted by Carroll County Solid Waste about the amount of yard waste material in loads arriving at the Carroll facility.  The yard waste has also been comingled with recycling, which is also not allowed.


Sections of relevant Iowa Administrative Code follow:





567- 105.1(3) Burial of yard waste at a sanitary landfill is prohibited, except in the following
 a. When the yard waste is collected for disposal as a result of a severe storm and the yard waste
originates in an area declared to be a disaster area in a declaration issued by the President of the United
States or the governor.
 b. When the yard waste is collected for disposal to control, eradicate, or prevent the spread of
insect pests, tree and plant diseases, or invasive plant species.
 c. When the yard waste is disposed of in a sanitary landfill that operates a methane collection
system that produces energy. A methane collection system that burns landfill gas without using the
energy for a purpose other than reducing the amount of methane released is not considered to be a system
that produces energy.
 105.1(4) Each city and county shall, by ordinance, require persons within the city or county to
separate yard waste from other solid waste generated.



Buena Vista County Solid Waste has the compost site located at the recycling center and it is free to use by BV County residents(businesses are charged a fee to use the yard waste area) during normal operating hours(Monday-Friday 7 am to 4 pm) and through the end of October on Monday and Wednesday evenings until 7 and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.  Depending on the leaves they may extend it a week or 2 into November. They do not accept any wood waste in the yard waste area (construction lumber, landscape timbers, etc.).



We encourage everyone to be aware of the guidelines and properly separate items when placing them out for disposal at the facility.




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