The Waste Authority of Jackson County (formerly the Jackson County Sanitary Disposal Agency) was formed under chapter 28-E of the Code of Iowa and is an Inter-Governmental entity comprised of the incorporated and unincorporated area of Jackson County. Chapter 28-E provides the framework to form groups of cities or counties to perform public sector activities. The Authority is neither a City nor County entity.
The Authority operates on an annual budget comprised of per capita assessments and waste disposal tipping fees. Many changes have taken place in the area of waste management in the last few years. One that has affected the cost of waste disposal the most has been the closing of the Jackson County Landfill and the construction of a solid waste transfer station in 1994.
All MSW (municipal solid waste) is transferred to a landfill in Illinois. By doing so the Authority was able to avoid certain legislative mandates regarding the continued operation of a landfill and avoid the costs associated with those mandates. Although the landfill was closed in 1994, it will have to be maintained and monitored for groundwater contamination until the year 2024. Original post closure costs for the 30 year period are estimated to be $543,900.
Recycling has been an important part of waste management activities in Jackson County since 1991. Currently cooperative efforts between DAC Inc. and the Authority divert approximately 2000 tons of recyclable material from the waste stream each year.
All towns within the county offer curbside recycling and rural residents are encouraged to use one of five drop off points in the county.