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Despite "no dumping" notices, Louisa County Conservation lands, like Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area, have become dumping grounds for abandoned tires and broken television sets. Volunteers recently cleaned up 1,000 pounds of garbage from conservation lands.

While fines for littering and illegal dumping are high in Iowa—sometimes in excess of $1,000—the landowner is often the person that foots the bill. 

Keep Iowa Beautiful, a nonprofit affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, runs a "No Litter Hotline," 1-888-NOLITTR, which allows locals to report illegal dumping by calling in licence plate numbers and vehicle descriptions so that Iowa State Patrol can issue a warnings. However, the patrol cannot do much more than issue a warning if they do not see the dumping happening. 

Rather than dumping items, they can be dropped off at the Louisa County Transfer Station with a small fee. The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at 1408 70th St. Wapello. The fees are based on the items brought in:

  • Appliances are $12 each;
  • Auto Batteries are $1 each;
  • Televisions are $15 each;
  • Monitors are $10 each;
  • Miscellaneous small items are $2 each;
  • Motor Oil is 25 cents per gallon (the station only accepts 5 gallon containers or smaller);
  • Municipal household waste is $50/ton;
  • Tire price ranges from $3 for car tires to $25 for tractor/implement tires.

For the City of Muscatine and West Liberty, the Recycling Center and Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at 1000 S. Houser St. There are no charges for residents. The fees are based on items brought in by non municipal residents:

  • Appliances are $10 each;
  • Computer monitors (up to 18 inches), CPUs and printers are $5 each;
  • Solid waste is $7 for up to 240 pounds and $60 per ton;
  • Televisions are $10 for under 18 inches and $15 for over 18 inches;
  • Tire price ranges from $2 for car tires, $2.50 to $7 for truck tires and $15 for tractor/implement tires.

In the City of Wilton, the Citizen Convenience Center is open during the summer (March 1 to November 1) on Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 402 E. Jackson St., Wilton. The fees are based on items brought in:

  • Solid waste from households is $2 per bag (must be 30 gallons or less and weigh less than 50 lbs);
  • Electronic devices like radios, stereos, and copiers are $5;
  • TVs/monitors: less than 19 inches are $5, 19 to 24 inches are $10, 25 to 36 inches are $15 and over 36 inches are $25;
  • Furniture, mattresses and carpet are $5 per item;
  • Sinks, bathtubs and toilet are $5 per item;
  • Tire price ranges from $5 for car tires, $7 for car rims; $11 for truck tires, $13 for truck rims and tractor/implement tire prices vary according to size;
  • Appliances are $15 per appliance.

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