Rain and cold weather dampen compost center opening

T-R FILE PHOTO From this March 24, 2016 photo, Marshalltown Compost Center employee Rick Williams checks in a customer. The center’s first day of operation for the 2017 season was April 3.

On Monday, cold temperatures, a steady rain and wind put a damper on 2017 compost center opening day.

The same was true Tuesday.

“Staff reports indicate business has been slow due to the weather,” said Marshalltown Public Works Director Justin Nickel.

Last year, the center opened March 23, and closed Dec. 10.

Tree debris and yard waste are the only items accepted at the facility, since the local landfill does not accept trees, branches, leaves, brush, or yard and garden waste.

The street division processes the materials into wood chip mulch and compost, which is sold only at the compost center, 900 Woodland Drive in Riverview Park.

Customers may bring tree debris and yard waste in city of Marshalltown approved bags, which are sold at a number of local retailers and the compost center.

There is no charge to dump the city-approved bags.

However, a fee is charged for all other bags, or debris and yard waste brought in pick-ups or other containers.

And all non-approved bags and other containers must be removed.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12-4 p.m. Sunday.

Compost Fee Schedule is available under the resources section of Public Works under Policy Documents as a pdf document. For more information, call 641-754-5745.