What is an RCC?

A regional collection center is a secured site or facility at which collection, sorting as to type, and packaging of hazardous materials from urban and rural households and conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQGs) will be accomplished prior to collection and transportation of these wastes to a final disposal site.


EMS Environmental Policy Statement


This policy has been adopted by the Ottumwa/Wapello County Landfill Commission, at their regular meeting on March 20, 2013 and is now in effect.

To prevent any type of waste from blowing onto area road-ways and into ditches, we have adopted a policy that all loads delivered to the landfill shall be fully covered or secured. Covers that are shredded or tied so loosely as to allow materials to fall or blow out will be considered non-compliant. Failure to comply with this requirement shall result in a surcharge:

  • Private individuals: $10.00 for the first time, and up to $25.00 for subsequent violations
  • Commercial haulers: $25.00 for the first time, $50.00 for the 2nd time, and $75.00 from there on.

There will be consistent enforcement.

Exception: If not mixed with other types of waste, concrete, logs, or branches without leaves do not need to be covered. However, they must be secured in such a way that they will not fall or blow out of the delivery vehicle.

This policy conforms to the STATE OF IOWA STATUTE 321.460 which states: A vehicle shall not be driven or moved on any highway, by any person, unless such vehicle is constructed or loaded or the load securely covered, as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping, or its load covering, from dropping from the vehicle.

Landfill Phone Number 641-683-0644

Hours: Mon—Fri 7am—4pm & Sat. 7am—Noon


What is an EMS?

Ottumwa/Wapello County Solid Waste Commission is one of 11 Solid Waste Agencies approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to use an Environmental Management System (EMS) for solid waste management. EMS is a set of management processes and procedures developed by an organization to proactively manage its environmental impacts. It is based on the continual improvement cycle of “plan, do, check and act”. Many organizations use an EMS to not only identify and evaluate environmental legal requirements, but to reduce overall environmental impacts and associated regulatory compliance risks. An EMS can also be used to reduce costs and inefficiencies, prevent work disruptions, and improve worker morale. The Iowa EMS for solid waste management focuses on six areas aimed at increasing diversion and/or protecting the environment:

  • Recycling
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Yard Waste Management
  • Water Quality
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction
  • Environmental Education


Important Phone Numbers

Jody Gates, Director of Health Inspections & Solid Waste
Phone: 641-683-0694
Email: gatesj@ci.ottumwa.ia.us

Steve Jones, Landfill Supervisor
Phone: 641-683-0644
Email: jones.steve@ci.ottumwa.ia.us

Janice Bain, Recycling Coordinator
Phone: 641-683-0685
Email: bainj@ci.ottumwa.ia.us

Bridge City Sanitation
Phone: 641-682-1700

Ottumwa City Hall
Phone: 683-0600
General Information / City of Ottumwa web site:  www.cityofottumwa.org


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