In 1970, the Iowa State Legislature enacted a law requiring cities and counties to be responsible for solid waste. During the years following, many counties established solid waste agencies or solid waste commissions to address refuse generated in their region. The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission is a five person board that works with the Landfill Administrator to oversee the operation of the landfill and funds the education team. Commission members represent the City of Waterloo (2), the City of Cedar Falls (1), other comminities (1), and rural areas through the Board of Supervisors (1). These members ensure that the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission continues to provide ongoing waste alternative programs for area residents and strongly encourages and supports recycling efforts in the county.
In the early years of the landfill, a private company, LSI owned and operated the landfill. In 1984, the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission purchased the landfill from LSI. Currently the commission maintains ownership of the landfill but has a contract with Waste Tech, Inc., a private company, to run the daily operations of the landfill. As area landfills have closed due to EPA regulations, the Black Hawk County Landfill is now taking materials from Black Hawk County, Bremer County, Fayette County, and parts of Buchanan County and Grundy County. The number of trucks coming in each day to the landfill has increased to about 250 trucks per day. The Black Hawk County Landfill is located at 1509 East Washburn Road, just outside of Waterloo, 1 mile south of Hawkeye Community College. Learn more about rules and fees at the Black Hawk County Landfill.
Additional Services The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission provides many services and programs besides landfilling. These include on-site yard waste composting, asbestos disposal, appliance recycling, tire recycling, scrap metal recycling, two household toxic material/electronics recycling drop-off events for Black Hawk County residents (a spring event in Waterloo and a fall event in Cedar Falls), an educational web-site (www.WasteTrac.org), and free education programs provided by the Waste Trac Education Team.