DNR Issues Protocols Affecting Solid Waste Operators

Mar. 23, 2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR) extended the deadline for continuing education credits from June 30, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2020, and suspended the prohibition of disposal of yard waste due to challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The (Iowa DNR) partners with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and other federal, state and local agencies to protect the public from disease outbreaks including the current COVID-19 pandemic that is impacting our state and the world and issued several protocols in this document, DNR Enforcement Discretion and Compliance Protocol. 

Specifically listed under the DNR Enforcement Discretion and Compliance Protocol link, the following solid waste topics are discussed, as well as Air Quality, Animal Feeding Operations, Storm Water, Waste Water, and Water Supply topics.

Solid Waste 567 Iowa Administrative Code chapters 104, 113 - 115; Iowa Code chapter' 455B, Division IV, Part I

I. Continuing Education Unit Requirements for Landfill and Incinerator Certificates

The Department is extending the upcoming continuing education credits deadline for certification renewal from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020. This is warranted due to the cancellation or likely cancellation of conferences and training sessions between now and that credit deadline.

Questions" Becky Jolly at (515)725-8308, [email protected]

II. Prohibition on the disposal of Yard Waste at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

The prohibition on disposal of yard waste at municipal landfills is suspended. Landfill operators may accept yard waste for disposal if the operator determines doing so is necessary. This is warranted due to likely staff shortages and prioritization of resources to ensure landfills can remain open.

Questions: Mike Smith at (515)725-8314, [email protected]