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. Commerical Waste Hauler License
  3. Out of Service Area Fees
  4. Residental Garbage Charge

Waste TypeCovered PriceUncovered Price
D-Cell (garbage)$37.50 per Ton$75.00 per Ton
Wood$22.00 per Ton$44.00 per Ton
White Goods$22.00 per Ton$44.00 per Ton
Yard Waste$22.00 per Ton$44.00 per Ton
Asbestos up to 100 pounds*$3.00 per poundNot Accepted
Asbestos over 100 pounds*$0.20 per poundNot Accepted

*Asbestos minimum charge of $200  

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.  


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
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Yard Waste

Yard waste is collected in the green 95 gallon containers by an automated side-loading truck. To purchase a container:
  • Call the Watertown Sanitation Department at 605-882-6219 or complete the request form. If the container request form is used, you will need to call the landfill after submission and use a credit card to purchase a container. Your container will be delivered in about one week after payment.
  • Drive to the landfill, pay with cash, check, or credit card and take the container with you.
  • Pay with cash, check, or credit card at the City Finance Office at City Hall. Your container will be delivered in about one week.
  • Refer to the color coded calendar in the Refuse and Recycling Manual to determine the weeks that the Yard Waste Collection Truck is in operation (Weather Permitting).
Residents are allowed to purchase more than one container for their yard waste needs. There is no additional charge on your utility bill for yard waste collection. The green yard waste containers are picked up weekly by the grass truck on the same day as your garbage collection during yard waste season. Dates typically begin in early April and typically end in late November. These dates are announced in the local media.

Only grass clippings, leaves, and garden vegetation are placed in the green 95-gallon container. No branches, bushes, or wood are allowed in yard waste containers. They do not compost well.

The green 95-gallon yard waste containers are the property of the resident that purchases them. If you move, you may take the green yard waste container with you. Do not take the blue refuse or tan recycling container with you.

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Compost is a specialty fertilizer used to improve the physical and chemical characteristics of the soil to which it is applied. Due to the homeowners use of pesticides and herbicides, small amounts of these products may be present in the compost. The City of Watertown makes no expressed or implied claims for this product other than what is contained in the label. Compost is available at the Watertown Regional Landfill.

Personal Use

Grass clippings, leaves, and garden vegetation are composted at the landfill. After composting and screening, the compost is available to the public for personal use. Each Watertown resident may receive up to 2 tons (4,000 lbs.) per year at no charge by showing a utility bill stub for their current residence.


There is a charge of $20 per ton for additional material or if a utility bill is not presented. Non-residents may purchase compost at a cost of $20 per ton.
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White Goods (Major Appliances)

The landfill accepts and recycles white goods. The cooling compound or refrigerant will be removed at the landfill at no additional cost to the customer. All doors must be removed from refrigerators and freezers, and they must be emptied of all contents before they are brought to the landfill. These items need to be secured or covered (as all loads are) to insure that doors and trays do not blow off during transport. All uncovered loads are charged double as required by ordinance.
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Christmas Trees

Christmas trees stripped of all lights, ornaments, and decorations will be picked up for the two weeks following Christmas on normal collection days. Christmas trees should not be placed in plastic bags. Exact dates will be announced using local media. After this period, Christmas trees and appropriate tipping fee will need to be brought to the landfill by the resident.
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