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.