Muscatine Compost Facility opens March 19

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Muscatine and Fruitland residents can take yard waste from their residential property (grass clippings, leaves, and plants) to the Compost Facility at the Muscatine Transfer Station starting Sunday, March 19, 2023, according to Solid Waste Manager David Popp.

Residents will also be able to bring brush and branches less than 10 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length to the facility. Larger trees and logs can also be taken to the location but tree stumps or roots are not accepted.

Popp reminds residents wanting to bring material to the compost site that all loads need to be secured during transportation to and/or from the compost site as loose material may fall onto city streets causing traffic hazards or damage to vehicles. 

The City of Muscatine continues to offer year-round curbside collection of yard waste on the residents refuse collection day.  Grass clippings, leaves, and garden waste will be picked up by the Solid Waste Division if the waste is placed in a City of Muscatine yard waste bag. The bags are available at the Muscatine Transfer Station, Hy-Vee and Hy-Vee Main Street, and at Fareway.

Yard waste bags that have store brand names on them will not be picked up curbside. However, these bags can be taken to the Compost Facility for disposal during regular hours of operation.

Tree limbs and other trimmings from trees and shrubs will be collected curbside but are required to be bundled together with string or cord in four-foot lengths. Please call Public Works at 563-263-8933 to schedule a pickup of larger tree limbs.

The Compost Facility is located at 1000 South Houser Street in Muscatine and open from 12-5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Non-residents and commercial users of the Compost Facility will be charged a fee for yard waste brought to the site. The fee schedule for non-resident and for commercial users is available on the Compost Facility page on the City of Muscatine website. 


 Residents of Muscatine and Fruitland will not be charged a fee for the use of the Compost Facility if they subscribe to City of Muscatine refuse collection. Residents can visit the Muscatine Transfer Station (1000 S. Houser St.), the Finance Department at Muscatine City Hall (215 Sycamore St.), or the Muscatine Public Works Department (1459 Washington St.) to receive a window sticker to verify that they are a resident. A driver’s license with current address will be needed to verify residency. 

Each resident will receive a sticker for up to two vehicles which should be placed in the lower right-hand corner of the windshield. 

An attendant will be on site to verify residency and secure payment from non-residents and commercial users (cash or check only with no bills larger than $20.00) during Compost Site operating hours.


The facility has screened compost and shredded mulch available for residents to pick up. Help loading compost will be offered on weekdays from 12-3:30 p.m. but limited to the availability of staff. Loading of mulch on Saturday and Sunday will be up to the individual as staff will not be available to help.

If you do not want to pick up compost at the facility, the Transfer Station will be offering a delivery service, but deliveries of shredded mulch, wood chips, and compost (when available) would need to be prescheduled by calling the Transfer Station. Deliveries would be limited to Muscatine and Fruitland residents on their trash collection day and limited to time available. A full one-ton truck load would cost $25.00.

The Compost Site also has firewood available for area residents. However, those wanting firewood are asked to check in with the attendant at the Compost Site and sign a waiver before cutting and/or loading firewood. 

Please call the Muscatine Transfer Station at (563) 263-9689 for more information.

Compost Site Fee Schedule 2023
Non-Resident Fee Schedule Commercial Users Fee Schedule


$1.00 Pickup $30.00


$5.00 Trailer

Up to 10-feet



$10.00 Trailer

10-16 feet

Full Size 


$12.00 One Ton

Dump Truck

1 Ton Small 

Dump Truck

$15.00 Single Axle

Dump Truck

Single Axle 


$15.00 Tandem Axle

Dump Truck

Tandem Axle 


$30.00 Semi


Single Axle 

Dump Truck

Tandem Axle 

Dump Truck



Pickup of shredded mulch, wood chips, and compost (when available)
Load Out Fee $5.00 per cubic yard Load Out Fee $5.00 per cubic yard
Delivery of shredded mulch, wood chips, and compost (when available)
Muscatine and Fruitland Residents Only $25.00 for a full one-ton load

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