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Brush & Compost Facility
The City of Grinnell operates a Brush & Compost facility where citizens can drop off their yard waste including grass clippings, leaves, and tree limbs/branches. The address of the site is 3973 20th Street, Grinnell. It is located immediately south of the city's wastewater treatment plant. Citizens can go to the intersection of Highway 146 and Pinder Avenue and then go west on the gravel road (400th Avenue) that corresponds to Pinder Avenue then north on 20th Street. (Note: Arriving at the site from the north is no longer available due to the 20th Street bridge closure.) Map


Hours of operation for the site are as follows:

Summer Hours May 3rd - October 30th

  • Tuesday 2 pm - 7 pm
  • Wednesday 2 pm - 7 pm
  • Thursday 2 pm - 7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm - 6 pm

Fall Hours November 1st - November 30th

  • Tuesday 2 pm - 6 pm
  • Wednesday 2 pm - 6 pm
  • Thursday 2 pm - 6 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

(Closed Veteran's Day November 11th and Thanksgiving Day November 27th)

***The site will be closed Nov. 25th and 26th due to cold & snow. The site will be open Nov. 29th and 30th before closing for the season.***

The Brush & Compost facility uses a "pay as you throw" logic, placing the cost of operation on those who use the service. Fees are based on the quantities brought to the site.


33 gallon garbage bag
1 full car load or enclosed SUV
1 full pickup size load
1 full pickup size load with trailer
1 full dump truck size load
1 full dump truck size load with trailer
*Any vehicle larger than those described
$0.60 per bag
$3.75 per entry
$8.75 per entry
$18.75 per entry
$31.25 per entry
$43.75 per entry
$62.50 per entry

*These vehicles may require additional permitting.

Payment in the form of cash or check is accepted at the site. 

If yard waste or brush being deposited is all contained in bags, the individual may pay either the price per bag or the price per vehicle.

All commercial entities disposing of yard waste or brush materials as part of the services they provide are required to register with the city of Grinnell and will be required to obtain a permit for use of the site. The annual fee for the permit will be $100.00, plus the per occurrence disposal fees. To inquire about or to obtain a permit contact the Public Service department at (641) 236-2632 or email.

                                     Please cover or otherwise secure your load.