Recycling Center & Transfer Station

About the Station

The Transfer Station and Recycling Center is the facility from which city operations such as garbage collection, composting, and recycling are managed. The Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency monitor landfills and pollution of local cities and towns. Every city is required to abide by the guidelines that these entities lay out.

PRESIDENT'S DAY Holiday Schedule

The City of Muscatine Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Transfer Station will reopen on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 a.m.

All refuse collection for Monday, February 20th  and Tuesday, February 21st  routes will be collected on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Recycling services are not affected by the holiday. Republic Services will collect Route B Recycling on Monday, February 20th and on Tuesday, February 21st as scheduled. 


  • Transfer Station - A 24,200-square-foot building used as a refuse dumping area, some recyclable sorting, and for loading of transfer semi-trailers
  • Recycling Center - A 13,600-square-foot building used for receiving, sorting, bailing, and shipping of all recyclables that is operated by city Carton Recycling of Iowa city
  • Administration Wing - A 10,500-square-foot building that contains management offices, a receptionist / scale operator, a shower room, locker rooms, a break room, tipping floor viewing room, and a public meeting room
  • Equipment Garage - A 18,400-square-foot building that contains a heated truck wash bay, maintenance area, and heated storage for refuse collection trucks, transfer trailers / tractors, recycling trailers, and dumpsters

History of the Station

In December 1991, with the landfill near Stockton reaching maximum capacity and the passing of the Iowa Waste Volume Reduction and Recycling Act of 1989, the Muscatine City Council approved a recommendation to pursue the construction of a recycling center and transfer station at 1000 South Houser Street. Construction of a state-of-the-art complex began in July 1994. The official dedication ceremony was held October 28, 1995.

Muscatine Compost Site will be open on Monday, March 21, 2016 for the 2016-2017 season.  Sunday - Friday: Noon - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Bi-State Solid Waste Commission 2011 Comprehensive Plan Update

Business Hour Changes March 1, 2011