Special Waste

Waste Commission of Scott County 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. 

Waste Commission of Scott County ensures your business is protected by having trained professionals on-site to help businesses with the management and safe disposal of special waste, including completing the necessary forms and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Four Categories of Special 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.

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.

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.

These need special handling, such as spill cleanup materials, off-spec products, animal carcasses, drums and pressurized containers, fluorescent lights, and asbestos.

Disposal Requirements

Before the Commission may dispose of special waste:

  • A Waste Profile Form or Asbestos Disposal Form must be completed by the customer and emailed to specialwaste@wastecom.com
  • Businesses 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. 
  • Delivery must be approved and scheduled. Approval must be received prior to any load being accepted.
  • Weather may impact special waste disposal, during windy or wet conditions it is best to call to confirm. 

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 triple rinsed. Plastic drums are considered garbage. Close top or bung hole drums must fill out Empty Container Form and return to Waste Commission of Scott County. 

Disposal Rates for Special Waste

Analytical testing parameters required for pre-approval.
All rates are subject to change based on quantity, characteristics and delivery.

Material Fee
Petroleum contaminated soil $26.00 per ton
Petroleum contaminated soil – not usable as daily cover $37.00 per ton
Petroleum contaminated soil – debris > 4” diameter $37.00 per ton
Petroleum contaminated soil – brought in drum $37.00 per drum
Asbestos disposal $83.00 per ton
55-gallon drum (purchase) $47.00 each
Asbestos bags (50 gallon) $2.50 each
Sludge under 10% solids $76.50 per ton
Hydrocarbons under 100 PPM $76.50 per ton
Hydrocarbons over 100 PPM $95.00 per ton

Effective July 1, 2023. Rates subject to change.


For questions about special waste disposal e-mail specialwaste@wastecom.com or call (563) 381-1300.