Muscatine County Landfill

Muscatine County Landfill

The Muscatine County Landfill was created based upon rules governing from the State of Iowa to create a regional landfill for the 99 counties in Iowa in the 1970's. Before then, every city had a town "dump site." The Muscatine County Solid Waste Management Agency came into effect on July 2, 1973, with members from each community and the County of Muscatine, Iowa.

In 1978, the City of Muscatine entered into an agreement with the Muscatine County Solid Waste Management Agency to operate the Muscatine County Landfill on behalf of the solid waste management agency. This agreement is still in place today between the City of Muscatine and the agency.

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The Muscatine County Landfill is located on Highway 61 N, near Stockton, Iowa. There are approximately 150 acres of landfill in use and reserved or reserved for development. During fiscal year, 2017-2018 construction of Cell #5 was completed. This 2.4 acre cell will be utilized for the next 8-9 years.


Public Notice Number: 70-SDP-02-75 – 6 Notice Date : 3/7/2019

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has made a preliminary determination to approve an application for post permit modification request from the Muscatine County Solid Waste Management Commission for the Muscatine County Sanitary Landfill located at 2700 Highway 61 North, Muscatine, IA 52761 and which is authorized to accept municipal solid  waste from households and businesses from the following service area: all cities and the unincorporated portions of Muscatine County, except the city of Wilton.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff contact: Michael Smith

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Land Quality Bureau

502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034 Phone: 515-725-8314

Fax: 515-725-8202

A copy of the full notice, with instructions for submitting written comments or to request a  public hearing, is available for review on the DNR’s Web site at and will be mailed to an interested person upon request to the DNR staff contact.


The Muscatine County Landfill is not open to the public for operations. The Muscatine Transfer Station receives waste from residents and businesses in our service area. Transfer trailers haul waste from the transfer station to the landfill. Operations of the hauling and landfill are contracted out to private contractors.

Muscatine County Landfill utilizes alternative covers, such as tarp for covering of waste 4 days a week to save on dirt and landfill space. One of the photos to the right show the tarp being placed on waste in the Phase II landfill cell area.

The Muscatine County Landfill has regulations, just like the Muscatine Transfer Station is by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Rules and regulations for operations to protect Iowa’s environment and provide safe environment sound disposal options for residents.

View a video of operations at the Muscatine County Landfill.

Administrative Consent Order

The Muscatine County Solid Waste Management Agency and the Iowa DNR entered into an Administrative Consent Order on February 11, 2015. An amendment was issued in April 2017 establishing timelines for completing plume delineation and completing the Assessment of Corrective measures report.

Consent Order Update and Groundwater Summary - presentation to Muscatine City Council on July 11, 2019 (PDF)