Dumping solid waste on private property has been prohibited since October 1, 1993. The purpose of this document is to assist landowners and farm/ranch operators in managing their solid waste. The information is based on commonly asked questions. If you need further clarification, please call the Waste Management Section of the Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) at (402) 471- 4210.
Building Demolition Wastes
There are exceptions to the rules regarding the dumping of solid waste on private property. The allowed exceptions are:
- The use of waste concrete, block, brick, concrete rubble or similar materials for purposes of erosion control, landscaping or land improvements.
- The disposal or use of trees and brush or the ashes resulting from burning trees and brush. A ban on open burning exists, so prior to setting a fire to destroy trees and brush, a permit from the local fire department must be obtained.
- The disposal of farm buildings on the property where they originated provided all hazardous materials are removed and the property is zoned for agriculture. Disposal of building demolition waste that did not originate on the farm/ranch property is prohibited.
The NDEQ does not regulate the use of burn barrels for household waste. However, local city or county officials may regulate their use and should be contacted concerning the use of burn barrels in your area. Ash resulting from burning household waste must be disposed of at a permitted Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfill.
Junk and Scrap Agricultural Equipment
“Junk” includes but is not limited to: old scrap; copper; brass; iron; steel; wire; glass; rope; rags; batteries; paper trash; rubber; debris; demolition waste; abandoned mobile homes, dismantled or wrecked; untaxed, untitled or unlicensed vehicles or vehicle parts; and other old or scrap ferrous or nonferrous material. Property owners are prohibited from accumulating junk on property that is not purely agricultural in character to the extent that the junk is a potential hazard to health.
Land disposal of waste tires is prohibited. However, the use of waste tires for agricultural purposes is acceptable in some instances. These acceptable uses consist of bumpers on agriculture equipment, ballast to maintain covers or structures on an agricultural site, feeders and water tanks for livestock, and bank or blowout stabilization (for areas not greater than ½ acre in size). For specific criteria on waste tires disposal and the placement of waste tires see the regulatory requirements for managing waste tires addressed in Title 132 – Integrated Solid Waste Management Regulations, Chapter 14. See also NDEQ Guidance Document “Landowners and Farm/Ranch Operators Use of Waste Tires for Blowout Stabilization”.
Waste Oil, Oil Filters, Batteries, Antifreeze and Pesticide Containers
- Land disposal of waste oil is prohibited. Waste oil should be recycled or reused. Local petroleum dealers should be able to put you in contact with recyclers or help you dispose of waste oil. Never mix waste oil with other liquid or solid wastes.
- Oil filters should be drained so that they contain no free liquids. This means oil filters should be crushed or punctured and drained, and/or dismantled and drained. Oil filters should be kept separate from other waste and disposed of at permitted landfills or recycled where possible.
- Vehicle batteries should be recycled. Landfill or land disposal of vehicle batteries is prohibited. Local dealers often collect used batteries or should be able to put you in contact with recyclers.
- Antifreeze should be recycled or reused. Never mix used antifreeze with used oil. Contact your local petroleum dealer for more information on disposal or recycling.
- Pesticide containers are considered non-hazardous solid waste if they are triple rinsed or power washed. Many areas of the state are developing pesticide container collection sites for recycling. Information about collection sites is available on the University of Nebraska website: http://pested.unl.edu.* At this website, select the Environmental Protection link.
- The Nebraska Recycling Directory, which lists recycling centers and information resources in the state, is available from the NDEQ. To request a copy, please call (402) 471-2186. The directory is also available on the NDEQ website (http://deq.ne.gov).
Composting livestock wastes (bedding and/or manure) and land application of livestock waste generated at your own livestock operation is exempt from Title 132 regulations as long as the operation is in compliance with Title 130 –Livestock Waste Control Regulations.
Please refer to NDEQ guidance document 06-201, “Disposal of Animal Carcasses” for information on this topic.
Statewide Landfill Bans
The following items are banned from landfills or land disposal statewide. Contact your landfill or hauler for details.
- Yard wastes (April 1 to November 30)
- Waste oil
- Lead acid batteries (car batteries)
- Household appliances
- Unregulated hazardous waste (except household quantities)
- Waste tires (in any form)
- NDEQ Waste Management Section (402) 471-4210
- NDEQ Toll Free Number (877) 253-2603
- NDEQ Hazardous Waste Compliance Assistant (402) 471-8308
- Email questions to: NDEQ.firstname.lastname@example.org
Titles are available on the NDEQ Home Page under “Laws/Regs & EQC”, “Rules & Regulations”
- NDEQ Guidance Document – ABCs of Demolition
- NDEQ Guidance Document – Construction and Demolition Waste in Nebraska
- NDEQ Guidance Document – Disposal of Animal Carcasses
- NDEQ Guidance Document – Have you Considered Alternatives to Landfilling or Burning?
- NDEQ Guidance Document – Landowners and Farm/Ranch Operators Use of Waste Tires for Blowout Stabilization
Guidance is available on the NDEQ Home Page under “Publications & Forms”
* This document contains links to non-NDEQ websites; these links will open in a new tab or window.
Produced by: Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922; phone (402) 471-2186. To view this, and other information related to our agency, visit our web site at http://deq.ne.gov.