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Pitching in

April 29, 2011

On Sunday the Marshalltown Central Business District will hold its annual downtown clean-up in preparation of the many activities planned on our Main Street this spring and summer.

It also means we can pitch in and make Marshalltown shine as the beautiful city it is.

Now is a great time to volunteer your time and talent to help in this effort downtown, and in your own neighborhood. Picking up sticks and garbage and cleaning up your property are easy ways to show you appreciate living in this community.

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As you uncover and unclutter your homes we urge you to practice "green" spring cleaning. You can do your part in reducing waste and keeping hazardous chemicals out of ground water and save on landfill space. Hazardous materials can be taken to the Marshall County Landfill by making an appointment.

Here are a list of other household items you may wonder about recycling as you do your spring cleaning.

Appliances - Appliances are accepted at the Marshall County Landfill in a designated area. Air conditioners, dehumidifiers, dryers, dishwashers, fluorescent light fixtures, freezers, furnaces, hot water heaters, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves and washing machines are accepted for $10 per appliance.

Tires - Tires are recycled at the landfill for $3 or $10 depending on the size. Rear tractor tires cost $20 to recycle.

Batteries - The landfill accepts and recycles lead acid batteries free of charge.

Motor oil - Used motor oil that is not contaminated with other products can be recycled at the landfill free of charge.

Scrap metal - Scrap metal, including angle iron, bed frames, bicycles, lawn chairs, lawn mowers and other metal objects are accepted at the landfill for recycling at no charge.

Propane cylinders - The landfill recycles 20 and 100 pound propane tanks for a charge of $3 each.


The Marshalltown Compost Facility, 901 Woodland St., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The Marshall County Landfill, 2313 Marshalltown Blvd., is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The landfill has a satellite building for collecting household hazardous waste from residential homes. An appointment must be made by calling 641-752-0646.



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