Regional Landfill (Solid Waste)

Landfill Location & Hours

The Watertown Regional Landfill is located 3 miles south and 1 mile east from the junction of Highways 212 and 81. The landfill is open to the general public Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gate closes at 4 p.m. sharp. Admittance is not allowed after that time. The landfill is closed Sundays and holidays. If you have any questions, please call 605-882-6219.

Load Requirements

All incoming loads must be adequately covered to prevent any scattering of waste. The tipping fee rate for loads not adequately covered is doubled. All loads must be covered regardless of content. Tipping fees may be paid using cash, check, and Visa or MasterCard. Customers that want to charge fees must first contact the Finance Department at 605-882-6200, ext. 3513 to set up a charge account.

  1. Solid Waste Tipping Fees
  2. Commercial Waste Hauler License
  3. Out of Service Area Fees
  4. Residential Garbage Charge

Note:  The rates shown below become effective on February 1, 2021 per Resolution 20-49

Waste TypeCovered PriceUncovered Price
D-Cell (garbage)$42.00 per Ton$84.00 per Ton
Wood$24.50 per Ton$49.00 per Ton
White Goods$24.50 per Ton$49.00 per Ton
Yard Waste$24.50 per Ton$49.00 per Ton

Load Inspections

All loads entering the landfill are subject to inspections to screen out prohibited materials. Individuals who dump any prohibited materials in the landfill are subject to fines, penalties, and removal or cleanup costs associated with the incident. The following materials are prohibited at the Watertown Landfill:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Liquids
  • Tires
  • Waste oil

Landfill Disposal Procedures

A traffic light and intercom system are used to monitor incoming and outgoing traffic. Upon arrival at the landfill, drive up to the stop sign. The office attendant will greet haulers on the speaker outside your driver side window. You will be asked to identify the contents of your load so you can be directed to the correct site(s) for disposal. Drop boxes are available near the scale so small loads can be disposed of without requiring the customer to drive into the disposal cell.  

  1. Weighing
  2. Payment

Once you have weighed in, the attendant will turn the traffic light to green and you may now enter the yard to unload at the correct site(s). All loads are to remain covered and secured until after weigh-in. Once unloaded you must drive back onto the scale to weigh-out.  

Curbside Collection

Effective February 29, 2016, Monday holidays will be collected on the previous Friday. Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday holidays will be collected on Friday of the same week.

An automated truck empties all of the containers. Residents must place all of their garbage in the container. No refuse should protrude above the top of the container or be left on the ground around the container. Workers will only collect garbage in the container. Do not overfill or pack your container because items can become lodged and not empty when dumped. We recommend that garbage be placed in sealed plastic bags before being placed in the container to reduce odors, litter and keep insects away.  

If you are not sure of your collection day or have any other questions concerning the container, please call the landfill for help at 605-882-6219.

  1. Container Placement
  2. Pickup Time
  3. Holidays

Lids should be closed and the handle must face towards the house. Obstacles in the way will not allow the arm to reach the container for dumping. Do not place the container close to any obstructions such as vehicles, mailboxes, or another container.

The blue 95 gallon refuse containers and tan 95 gallon recycle containers are the property of the City of Watertown and must remain at the address that receives them. If you move, do not take the refuse or recycling container with you.  

  1. Recycling
  2. Yard Waste
  3. Compost
  4. White Goods (Major Appliances)
  5. Christmas Trees

The Watertown Sanitation Department would like to thank the Watertown residents for their awesome support of the Single Stream Recycling collection program in Watertown. These are the special features of Single Stream Recycling: 

  • All recyclable materials are placed in the tan 95 gallon container provided by the city
  • Recycling is collected every other week on the same day as your garbage
  • Areas north of Third Avenue North and all of Lake Kampeska are in recycle route A
  • Areas south of Third Avenue North are in recycle route B
  • Refer to the color coded calendar in the Refuse and Recycling Manual to determine what week you should place your recycling container out for collection.

Tan 95 gallon Recycle containers with wheels and attached lids are available for residents to use. Call the Watertown Sanitation Department at 605-882-6219 or complete the request form to request a recycle container be delivered to your home. 

Information covering recyclable items include: 

  • Paper, plastic, metal, and cardboard are mixed together for single stream recycle collection
    • Please note glass is not recycled. Place glass items in your garbage container
  • Most plastic bottles that have a neck smaller than the base are recyclable in our area. For example milk jugs, plastic pop bottles and water bottles, dish soap, and shampoo containers are recyclable. Remove all screw on lids and place in your garbage
  • Aerosol cans may be recycled provided they are completely empty and the plastic caps are removed
  • Aluminum, steel, and bi-metal cans do not have to be rinsed and labels do not need to be removed

Recyclable paper includes: 

  • Newspapers, coupon pages, glossy inserts, and flyers
  • Magazines, catalogs, office paper, computer paper, and phone books
  • Clean corrugated or non-corrugated (pop or beer cases, cake mix, cracker, cereal) cardboard in your recycling container

Examples of items that are not recycled and should go in your regular garbage are: 

  • Items soiled with food or oil
  • Cardboard milk and cardboard or foam egg cartons
  • Antifreeze, oil, pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer containers
  • Ice cream buckets, Styrofoam cups, and butter or yogurt containers
  • Shredded paper;
  • Scrap such as pie tins, tin foil, or paint cans
  • Glass
  • Window envelopes and padded envelopes