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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkNovember 26, 2015
License Title: Sanitary Landfill Operator

License Description: Sanitary landfill operators control processes and equipment to dispose by burial municipal, non-hazardous industrial and construction/demolition wastes in permitted sanitary landfills. They maintain and operate compactors, bulldozers, earth movers, cranes, scales and other equipment necessary for the proper functioning of a sanitary landfill; maintain landfill operation records including, but not limited to, ground water quality monitoring results, leachate control system sample results, tonnages accepted, tonnages diverted to alternate solid waste processes, fees paid and quantities disposed via Special Waste Authorization; collect samples from ground water quality and leachate control system monitoring, inspect incoming loads periodically and randomly, reject improperly transported or otherwise prohibited loads and wastes; and, supervise subordinate persons in all of the above functions.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa 455B

Requirements for License:An applicant must have completed a basic training course approved by the Department of Natural Resources. The required basic training course must be pre-approved and have at least 25 contact hours. At a minimum, the course will address the following:
1) Description of types of wastes
2) Interpreting and using engineering plans
3) Construction surveying techniques
4) Waste decomposition processes
5) Geology and hydrology
6) Landfill design
7) Landfill operation
8) Environmental monitoring
9) Applicable laws and regulations
10) Permitting processes, and
11) Leachate control and treatment

Prior on-the-job experience is not required. Iowa will consider reciprocity concerning applicants from other states.Ten contact hours of continuing education must be earned during a two-year period for certification renewal.

Application: None
Duration: Two years
Renewal: $24
Exam: $20
Other: $32 - (maximum) certificate fee. The certificate fee is prorated twice yearly up to the first renewal period.

When:A written examination is required and is offered at various locations throughout the state during the year. Specific information concerning dates and locations of tests can be obtained by contacting the License Bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

License Authority:
Operator Certification Licensing Bureau
Management Services Division
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
E 9th & Grand Ave
Des Moines IA 50319
Phone: 5157250284

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