MUSCATINE, Iowa – The Compost Site will open for the season at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, according to David Popp, Solid Waste Manager for the City of Muscatine. The site, located at the Recycling Center & Transfer Station, 1000 S. Houser St., will be open until noon on Saturday.
Regular hours for the Compost Site are 12-6 p.m. Sunday through Friday and from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Residents can take yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, plants) from their property to the Compost Site along with brush and branches less than 10 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length, Larger trees and logs can also be taken to the Compost Site but tree stumps or roots are not accepted.
Commercial tree and yard waste management services must weigh and pay at the Transfer Station during regular business hours before depositing waste at the compost site. Transfer Station hours are 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday. The last load on the scales is 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.
Not only does the Compost Site receive material from Muscatine residents, they also offer screened compost and wood chips for residents to use at their residence free of charge. There will be a limited amount of compost available until later in the season. Compost staff is available Tuesday through Saturday to load compost and mulch but please call in advance at (563) 263-9689.
Firewood is also available for the cutting at the Compost Site but residents must sign a waiver at the transfer station office prior to cutting and hauling away firewood.
Popp reminds residents wanting to bring material to the compost site that all loads need to be secured during transportation to or from the compost site as loose material may fall onto city streets causing traffic hazards or damage to vehicles.