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Special Waste

Waste from a business that requires additional or specific handling for proper disposal is considered special waste. WCSC defines special waste as garbage, refuse, or other discarded material or waste, including solid and semi-solid materials that require a special administrative assessment, additional processing, special transportation, special packaging, and/or additional disposal techniques due to the quantity of material generated and/or its unique physical, chemical, or biological characteristics. Examples of common special wastes include petroleum-contaminated soil, asbestos, stabilized grit & bar screenings, absorbent booms, and pads, liquids, pit sludge, baghouse dusts, dried paint filters, biosolids, grease/scum waste, or any other hard-to-handle material that is not considered hazardous under RCRA.

Waste Commission of Scott County has trained professionals on-site to help businesses with the management and disposal of special waste, including completing the necessary forms and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Businesses and residents may dispose of special waste only after they receive the appropriate approval. This is to ensure that your waste is disposed of safely and to safeguard the well being of employees. Approval must be received prior to any load being accepted.

Following are four categories of special waste:

  • Commercial/Industrial Waste: This is non-hazardous industrial process waste, treated infectious waste and similar potentially harmful waste that requires special handling. Examples include: processed sludge, ash, filters, sandblast media and dusty wastes. Commercial/industrial waste must not contain "free" liquids and must be containerized if it can become airborne.
  • Liquid/Semi-solid waste: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources permits Waste Commission of Scott County to accept liquid and semi-solid waste. These wastes are mixed with absorbent materials to allow for beneficial use and proper disposal in the landfill. Examples include industrial liquids, cooling fluids, cutting oils, rinse water, latex paints and inks, food production waste, municipal waste, tank bottoms/sludges, and drilling waste.
  • Petroleum Contaminated Soils: These soils are non-hazardous and contaminated with petroleum products. This type of waste is treated by aeration and then used as a daily cover at the Scott Area Landfill.
  • Other Special Waste: These need special handling, such as spill cleanup materials, off-spec products, animal carcasses, drums and pressurized containers, fluorescent lights, and asbestos.
When special waste needs disposal, most companies contract with a hauler to remove the waste. The Commission recommends that you, as the generator, specify in your contract with the hauler to have the materials taken to Scott Area Landfill. This ensures first, that waste generated in Scott County stays in Scott County, per Iowa law. And secondly, because the Scott Area Landfill meets or exceeds all local, state and national regulations, you can be sure that your waste will be properly and safely disposed of—and that your liability is minimal.

The Commission provides haulers with the option of washing out their vehicles using on-site equipment for a fee. Haulers must receive training from Commission staff prior to using the equipment.

Empty 30 and 55-gallon drums (must be metal and open-topped) can be recycled at no charge if they've been cleaned and rinsed. Plastic drums are considered garbage. Close top or bung hole drums must fill out an empty container certificate available at the landfill office.

Application Forms
Please e-mail completed forms to specialwaste@wastecom.com. Forms may be faxed to 563-381-1301.

Waste Profile Form*

Empty Container Form

Credit Application

Asbestos Disposal Form

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