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The Davenport Compost Facility is a pioneer in the field of composting with over 25 years in operation.

Video Overview of Compost Products and ServicesOur team keeps over 140,000 CY of yard waste and wastewater biosolids out of the landfill each year by recycling these materials to produce high-quality, 100% natural, and nutrient-rich compost, mulch, and other soil and lawn products.

The Davenport Compost Facility serves as a yard waste drop-off and green waste recycling center for Scott County, IA residents, and businesses.  In addition to recycling the Scott Community’s herbaceous and woody wastes, our team produces high-quality, 100% natural mulch and other soil and lawn products that are available for purchase regionally and nationally. 


Our Products | Regional & National Sales

Our soil amendment products are high in organic matter, great for improving soil moisture retention and boosting nutrient levels and soil quality.

The Davenport Compost Facility accepts and recycles yard, garden, and tree trimmings from Davenport, Bettendorf, and surrounding Scott County communities. These materials are processed to create environmentally safe and beneficial composted soil amendments and mulches that are available for purchase locally, regionally, and nationally.

Yard trimmings and biosolids are converted using a high-technology aerated static pile composting system. High temperatures, greater than 1450, are reached during the composting process. This destroys weed seeds and pathogenic, or disease-causing, organisms. The finished product is a premium quality compost product, high in nutrients soil and plants need.

Picking Up Material
When you arrive, check-in at our drive-up window and let us know what you would like to purchase. Staff will calculate the applicable fee and provide direction on where to pick up your material. We accept cash, check, credit and debit cards.

Delivery
Limited area delivery is available for bulk purchases of select products, see the delivery tab for details. 

Can I get Davenport Compost Products Anywhere Else?
Davenport Compost Facility products are sold at the Davenport Compost Facility located at 2707 Railroad St. Retailers also carry our products. Davenport has also been nationally and internationally recognized for its compost products and practices. This has resulted in sales to businesses, farmers and residents more than 500 miles away. 

 Questions?  Contact us at 563.328.7225 or send us a request for information.

Garden Soil

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-- We are out of bagged and bulk Garden Soil until the next growing season --

Garden Soil is an engineered product containing a blend of our Soil Builder Compost, potting soil, and sand. This product is great for immediate planting and perfect for raised gardens, flower beds and pots. 

Our Garden Soil is available at the Compost Facility in one-cubic foot bags, weighing approximately 40 lbs, at $4.00 per bag.  Bulk quantities are also available for pickup or delivery.  The cost is $11 per 1/2 cubic yard or $22 per cubic yard. Each bag weighs 40 pounds. 

All products are subject to availability. Garden and potting soils go quickly, so plan early.

Potting Soil

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-- We are out of bagged and bulk Potting Soil until the next growing season --

 Our Organic Potting Soil is rich in moisture holding organic matter and ideal for potted plants as well as gardens of all types.

It is available at the Compost Facility in one-cubic foot bags, weighing approximately 40 lbs, and is priced at $3.00 per bag.  Bulk quantities are also available for pickup or delivery.  The cost per cubic yard is $20.

All products are subject to availability. Garden and potting soils go quickly, so plan early.

100% Compost Soil Builder

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Earth CycleTM 100% Compost Soil Builder is a high-quality compost that can be incorporated to improve soil condition, as a top dressing for existing turf or as a surface mulch.  Soil Builder contains 100% compost and has no added sand or filler material, making it an excellent soil amendment.

This product is available in one-cubic foot bags that weigh approximately 40 lbs. Bags are available at the Compost Facility and at local retailers. One-cubic foot bags are $2.00 per bag at the Compost Facility, price may vary at retailers. 

Bulk materials are also available and can be picked up at the Compost Facility or delivered.  The price per unit for bulk is: $12 per cubic yard for 1 to 10 cubic yards, $8 per cubic yard for 11 to 500 cubic yards and $6 per cubic yard for 501+ cubic yards.  See the Delivery Options tab below for details on delivery fees and service area.

All products are subject to availability.

Mulch

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Logs and large tree branches we receive are processed to produce a safe and natural shredded wood mulch  that is free of stains and dyes. Our mulch is a great choice for use in all landscaping projects.

Shredded Wood Mulch, $18.00/Cubic Yard, Subject to Availability

Wood Chips

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Our wood chips, or chipped mulch, is primarily chips that are one to three inches in size, high “paper mill” quality, predominantly native red and white oak from local saw mills and contain no stains or dyes.

Chipped Wood Mulch, $15.00/Cubic Yard, Subject to Availability

Firewood

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Our firewood is pest-free hardwood that is split and ready to go! Firewood is available for pickup year round, while supplies last.

Firewood is:

  • $1/SF | Four (4) FT Min
  •  $4/Bin | 10 to 15 Pieces
  • $64 One-half Cord
  • $128 Full Cord



Delivery Options

The Davenport Compost Facility offers a variety of compost and wood mulch products.  Delivery is available Monday through Friday, during normal business hours, in quantities of 1 - 40 cubic yards. The applicable delivery and product fees must be paid prior to delivery.  Payment can be made either by visiting the facility or by mailing a check to the Davenport Compost Facility, PO Box 3606, Davenport, IA  52808.

The Compost Facility has three types of delivery vehicles; a pickup truck with dump box, a tandem axle truck with a 20 yard dump box and a semi tractor w/32' walking floor trailer.  It is the customer's responsibility to ensure the vehicle selected for delivery will be able to maneuver at the delivery site. Operators cannot drive off of hard surfaces.

Illinois customers.  We do not deliver Earth CycleTM 100% Compost Soil Builder or Garden Soil to Illinois.  We do deliver all other products.

Call 563.328.7225 or visit the Compost Facility to schedule a delivery.

Delivery Rates Iowa and Illinois.

Spreader Rental

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Aerating a lawn and applying compost is a highly beneficial method of restoring soil quality.  Properly applied, compost can improve your lawn's organic and nutrient content, and its ability to retain more water to support a healthy lawn.

You may choose to rent aeration equipment, contract someone to aerate or aerate manually. However you choose to aerate, the next step is applying the compost. 

The Compost Facility rents the following equipment. Call 563.328.7225 or visit the office to rent a compost spreader.

Compost Spreader Rental

  • 24 inch drop spreader, $15 per day
  • 1/2 cubic yard spreader with transport trailer, $20 per day
Yard Waste Drop-off at the Compost Facility

The Davenport Compost Facility serves as a yard waste drop-off and green waste recycling center for Scott County, IA residents and businesses.  Yard wastes dropped off at the facility and those collected through the curbside solid waste collection program are recycled into environmentally beneficial soil amendments.

A disposal fee is required depending on the type and quantity of waste.  Some guidelines for disposal may also apply - Accepted and Not Accepted Material. 

  • Prepare your materials for disposal. Be sure to check our list of accepted and not accepted materials. 
  • Check-in at our drive-up window. All loads must receive prior approval. 
  • Have your ID and form of payment ready.
  • Pay applicable fees and follow direction provided for disposal
  • Deposit material as instructed.  MATERIALS MUST BE EMPTIED AND REMOVED FROM PLASTIC BAGS BY THE CUSTOMER. Plastic bags are not compostable and not accepted with disposal.
Accepted Materials for Yard Waste Drop-off

We accept the following materials at the Davenport Compost Facility. 

  • Acorns
  • Apples
  • Branches
  • Clean Tree Root Balls
  • Flowers
  • Garden Debris
  • Grass
  • Hedge/Bush Trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Logs
  • Pine Needles
  • Plants
  • Pumpkins
  • Straw/Hay
  • Stump Grindings
  • Tree Trimmings
  • Walnuts
  • Weeds (not Noxious or Invasive)
Not Accepted Materials for Yard Waste Drop-off

There are a number of materials we cannot accept at the Davenport Compost Facility. 

Due to regulatory requirements, processing needs and capabilities, and to ensure our ability to produce high-quality natural compost, soil and landscaping products, we cannot accept:

  • Any material over 5 FT in length, or any of the following:
  • Building/Construction Debris
  • Concrete
  • Dirt
  • Dirt Covered Tree Root Balls
  • Fence Posts
  • Garbage
  • Invasive and Noxious Weeds*
  • Landscaping Timbers
  • Lumber
  • Metal
  • Mulch
  • Plastic
  • Plastics
  • Railroad Ties
  • Rocks
  • Sod
  • Tires

*Invasive and noxious weeds are not accepted because seeds can contaminate products produced. A short list is  Garlic Mustard, Honeysuckle, Japanese Knotweed, Phragmites.

Yard Waste Drop-Off Fees
  Type of Material Disposal Guidelines    Fee per Bag  Fee per Cubic Yard (3x3x3)
Grass  Loose or Bagged $.50 / Bag*   $6.00 / Cubic Yard*
Leaves Loose or Bagged $.50 / Bag*  $6.00 / Cubic Yard* 
Garden Debris & Weeds Loose or Bagged $.50 / Bag*   $6.00 / Cubic Yard*
Hedge Trimmings  Loose or Bagged  $.50 / Bag*   $6.00 / Cubic Yard*
Logs, Branches, Tree Trimmings Must be less than 5ft in length $.50 / Bag*  No Charge Loose Material
Clean Tree Root Balls Must be less than 5ft in length  No Charge  No Charge


*Bag is equivalent to any container. These fees apply except for Davenport and Bettendorf residents during their respective No Sticker Yard Sticker Weeks. R
esidents who receive city curbside collection services may drop-off their yard wastes free of charge during these weeks.  *

Questions?  Contact us at 563.328.7225 or send us a request for information.




What is Compost?

Compost is a dark crumbly humus like material high in organic matter and is the result of controlled biological  decomposition of organic materials such as grass, leaves, and biosolids (treated sewage sludge).  While compost may resemble soil, it is used to improve the soil not replace it.

Why Use Compost?

High quality soils are the foundation for all successful turf , gardens and landscapes. Compost is a natural and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical applications and reduces the need for frequent watering.

Adding compost to your soil generally improves the health of everything you grow by increasing available nutrients.  In addition, when incorporated into soils, compost increases organic matter and helps soils retain more water. In fact, adding organic content, can help breakdown clay in heavy soils.

Seal of Testing Assurance
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As a member of the US Composting Council's "Seal of Testing Assurance" program, the Davenport Compost Facility has a rigorous monitoring and testing program to ensure the highest quality products are produced.

Our Earth Cycle
TM 100% Compost Soil Builder product is tested monthly, and our Garden and Organic Potting Soils are tested annually.

View, Download or Print our most recent testing report.

About Us

The Davenport Compost Facility is a pioneer in the field of composting with over 25 years in operation. Our team keeps over 140,000 CY of yard waste and wastewater biosolids out of the landfill each year by recycling them to produce high-quality, 100% natural, and nutrient-rich compost, mulch, and other soil and lawn products.

Since our facility opened on May 1, 1995, the facility has diverted over 2.4 M cubic yards of yard wastes and biosolids from entering the landfill. As one of the first state-of-the-art compost facilities in the United States, twenty-five years later, we continue to innovate to produce beneficial products from material that would otherwise be sent to the landfill as waste.

The Davenport Compost Facility: a great example of how Davenport Reduces, Reuses, and Recycles.

Printable Product Guides

Yes, Our Products are Safe for Vegetables

Our process ensures compost and soil amendment products produced are safe for growing vegetables.

Yard trimmings and biosolids are combined and converted using a high technology aerated static pile composting system. High temperatures (>145F) and time (50-60 days) used for the composting process destroys weed seeds and pathogenic (disease causing) organisms. The finished product is a premium quality product, rich in organic matter and nutrients.

Contact

Davenport Compost Facility
2707 Railroad St
Davenport, IA52802
Phone:
563.328.7225
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