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.

Summer Holiday Schedule

In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no Refuse Collection or Recycling Collection on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017. Refuse Collection for Monday and Tuesday will be collected on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Recycling Collection for that week will be delayed by one day.

Independence Day is observed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. There will be no Refuse or Recycling Collection on this day. Tuesday and Wednesday, Refuse Routes will be collected on Wednesday, July 5th. Recycling for Tuesday-Friday Routes that week will be delayed one day. 



  • 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