Solid Waste and Recycling

Scalehouse and Transfer Station

2176 Buffalo Road
Denison, IA 51442
Hours Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.*
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.*

*Transactions must be completed 10 minutes prior to closing. Commercial loads no later than 30 minutes prior to closing.

Holidays Hours/Closings -
Labor Day, Mon. Sept. 2, 2024 - Closed
Thanksgiving, Thurs, Nov. 28, 2024 - Closed
Christmas Eve, Tues, Dec 24, 2024 - Close at 12 P.M.
Christmas Day, Wed. Dec. 25, 2024 - Closed
New Year's Day, Wed. Jan 1, 2025 - Closed
Memorial Day, Mon. May 26, 2025 - Closed
Independence Day, Fri. July 4, 2025 - Closed


1202 Broadway
Denison, IA 51442
Hours Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


(712) 263-8454

Do you have electronics to get rid of??  Well we are getting our recycling program up and running for electronics.

Computer Monitors, Laptops, and TV's will be $22.50 ea.

Console TV's will be $30.00 ea.

Computer Parts, Hard Drives, Keyboards, Mouses, Printers, Faxers, Copiers, DVD/VCRs, Stereos, Cell Phones, Power Tools (battery operated tools) will be free.

These will be placed in a different location, so please ask when you arrive.


Effective July 1, 2023

  • Solid Waste: $60.00/ton, $10.00 minimum
  • Appliances: $12.00 each
  • Tires:
    • Passenger Vehicle $5
    • Semi Truck $10
    • All other tires $0.10/lb
  • Wood Pallets: $60.00/ton
  • Brush and tree limbs under 6" diameters: $60.00/ton
  • Electronic Recycling:
    • Computer Monitors, Laptops, TV's - $22.50
    • Console TV's - $30
    • Computer Parts, Hard Drives, Keyboards, Mouses, Printers, Fax Machines, Copiers, DVD/VCR's, Stereos, Cell Phones, Power Tools - No Charge
  • Scrap Metal: No charge
  • Battery Recycling: No Charge
  • Yard and Garden Compost/Waste: No charge
  • Waste Oil and Filters: No charge
  • Lead Acid Batteries: No charge
  • Bicycle Recycling Program
  • Household Hazardous Waste: No charge for residential

We accept cash or checks only.  NO credit/debit cards.

To prevent littering, all vehicles, trailers, and wagons must have their loads SECURED. A $10 gate fee will be charged for unsecured loads, and for loads without endgates.  If you have an endgate, it needs to be in the upright position. 

Other fees/rates can change or be added at anytime

  • Demolition material must be broken down to 3 foot or smaller - No exceptions!
  • No material/lumber longer than 6 feet (couches/doors/other items excluded) call with questions 
  • Pallets/tires left in garbage building will have additional charges
  • Special Waste items tonnage rates or fees can change per load
  • Handling fee of $100/item in addition can apply

All loads must be unloaded and paid for 10 minutes prior to closing time.  Commercial must be completed 30 minutes prior to closing. 

Materials Not Accepted

  • Toxic Waste
  • Liquid Waste
  • Dead Animals
  • Concrete 

Please call the scale house for asbestos guidelines.

Recyclable Items

  • Recyclable items MUST BE CLEAN!
  • All recyclable items may be placed in the blue residential recycling bin
  • Food and Beverage Containers ONLY. Glass, cans, and plastic ( ,& #5 ONLY) can be mixed together in the bin
  • Keep paper separate in the bin — in a paper bag or bundled together
  • Corrugated cardboard should be broken down/cut into smaller manageable pieces and placed underneath the blue recycle bin
  • If you are in need of a new blue recycle bin please contact your town's city hall or stop at the scalehouse to purchase a new one. (Advise putting your address on all sides of the blue bin, they stay with the property)
  • Rural recycling boxes located throughout county for those who live outside city limits with no curbside pickup. (Call scalehouse for locations near you)
  • View our Recycling Flyer in English or Español for more details on the curbside and rural trailer recycle program.

Household Hazardous Waste 

Please click link for more details

Waste Agency Board

5 members (2-year terms)

  • Kyle Schultz, Chairman
  • Jay Ford, Vice Chairman
  • Ben Heyne
  • Corey Curnyn
  • Eileen Sailer

Our Team

  • Chuck Ettleman, Secretary
  • Travis Fink, Operator
  • Jeff Schwager, Assistant Operator
  • Ron Beermann, Part-time Operator
  • Trish Blunk, Scalehouse Operator