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. 4, 2023 - Closed
Thanksgiving, Thurs, Nov. 23, 2023- Closed
Christmas Day, Mon. Dec. 25, 2023 - Closed
New Year's Day, Mon. Jan 1, 2024 - Closed
Memorial Day, Mon. May 27, 2024 - Closed
Independence Day, Thurs. July 4, 2024 - Closed


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


(712) 263-8454

Effective July 1, 2023

Rates will increase from $55/ton to $60/ton....minimum will remain $10

NOW recycling food/Beverage containers with #5


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
  • Scrap Metal: 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. 

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)
  • 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