Items Requiring Special Handling

R & S Waste Disposal ~ 303 4th Avenue ~ Defiance, IA 51527 ~Phone: 712-748-3471 Fax: 712-748-3470
Billing Address: R & S Waste Disposal P.O.Box 847 Ankeny, Iowa 50021

Waste management is not as easy as it was in previous years where any type of trash was put out for pick and never seen again. People today need to separate their trash for recycling, composting, and there are objects that need special handling. These items include hazardous household chemicals, tires, appliances, batteries, waste oil, yard waste and sharps. 

Hazardous Household Chemicals

Our homes contain many hazardous substances. Pouring hazardous waste and chemicals on the ground, down toilets, into sewers, sinks or tossing them in the garbage could have devastating effects on groundwater supplies. Correct methods for disposal must be used if we wish to maintain good health and a sound environment. 

Crawford and Shelby Counties provide Toxic Clean-Up day on the first Saturday of each month April through October. These clean up days are free of charge for residents. Call 712-755-5010 for more information and schedules. Businesses must call to make arrangements and for information on cost for them to bring in their business hazardous waste. 

Pottawattamie County residents need to contact the Council Bluffs Regional Collection Center at 712-328-4985 for information on how to dispose of hazardous waste.

Harrison County residents need to contact the Harrison County Landfill at 712-644-2348 or email them at for information on how to dispose of hazardous waste.

Hazardous Waste Check List


Parts cleaner

Engine radiator flushes



Rust preventatives



Oven cleaners


Motor Oil

Furniture polish

Oil based paint



Brush cleaner

Lead-acid batteries


Paint strippers

Transmission fluid

Spot removers

Art supplies

Car wax and polish

Floor was

Photographic chemicals


Drain cleaners

Wood preservatives

Engine cleaners

Silver polish


Although paint is considered a household hazardous waste it can be safely disposed of with your regular trash if it is completely dry. 
To easily dry paint, mix with oil dry or kitty litter or pour onto a piece of carpet and allow to dry completely before disposing in the trash.

Tires, Lead Acid Batteries, Oil Appliances and Yard Waste

Most landfills and transfer stations will accept tires, lead acid batteries and waste oil, appliances and yard waste separate from your normal trash. All of these items have been banned from being buried in landfills. 

Although this type of solid waste cannot be mixed with regular trash, arrangements can be made with us for pickup and disposal at an additional cost or call your local county landfill or transfer station for more information.

Scrap tires can be recycled into artificial reefs, playground equipment, floor mats, belts and dock bumpers. Crumb rubber and be included in rubber and plastic products such as mud guards, carpet padding tracks and athletic surfaces and rubberized asphalt. 

Lead acid batteries are the environmental success story of our time. Roughly 93 percent of all battery lead is recycled. The typical new lead-acid battery contains 60 to 80 percent recycled lead and plastic. When a spent battery is collected, it is sent to a permitted recycler where, under strict environmental regulations, the lead and plastic are reclaimed and sent to a new battery manufacturers. The recycling cycle goes on indefinitely. That means the lead and plastic in the lead-acid battery in your car, truck, boat or motorcycle have been - and will continue to be -- recycled many, many times.

Waste oil Motor oil doesn't wear out, it just gets dirty. It can be re-refined by removing contaminates and water and returned to use as a lubricating oil. Used oil can also be reprocessed into fuel to heat homes or generate electricity. Two gallons of used motor oil can provide enough electricity to run the average household for about a day. Used oil can also be used in specially designed space heaters. (Not recommended for home use).

Appliances are typically made up of over 50% of steel by weight. This steel is recyclable, as is all steel, and is being recycled today. 

Because many communities ban outdoor burning and have laws that prohibit dumping of leaves and grass clippings into landfills, composting and mulching have become attractive ways to manage yard waste and recycle natural materials. Grass clippings and leaves can be hauled to city composting areas as one means of disposal or by building your own compost bin. 

Sharps Disposal

Remember Needles do not go into the trash and are not recyclable!

The proper disposal of syringes and lancets is vital to the well being of those who pick up and handle your trash. The Health Department and participating pharmacies distribute containers, literature and labels to those who use insulin, heart and other types of medication; that require the use of syringes and lancets. Syringes and lancets need to be collected and stored in properly marked containers. When the containers are full they can be exchanged at no charge for a new container at participating pharmacies or the Health department.

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