Environmental Services

phil broyles, steve meyer and staff accept an award in council chambers

Public Works and Environmental Services achieved accreditation from the American Public Works Association (APWA) in June.The APWA accreditation program recognizes governmental agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry.

Public Works and Environmental Services received the accreditation award as presented by APWA Board Director - Region VI Larry Stevens, P.E., PWLF, at a presentation ceremony at City Council.

The APWA accreditation indicates that Public Works and Environmental Services staff are dedicated to concepts of continuous improvement and in-depth self-assessment of department policies, procedures and practices.

"We are now one of 85 public works agencies in the United States and Canada and four in Missouri that have this accreditation," said Public Works Director Phil Broyles, in a staff memo. "Fewer than 1 percent of all agencies qualify for this accreditation."

Fast Facts...

  • The Environmental Services Department safely disposes an average of 200,000 tons per year of municipal solid waste.
  • Since 2006 the Department, in partnership with City Utilities of Springfield, has owned and operated the first municipally owned landfill gas to energy project in the state of Missouri, continuously producing enough renewable energy for an average of 2000-2500 homes.
  • The Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant treats over 35 million gallons of raw sewage every day.
  • It takes roughly 12-16 hours for a glass of water to travel through the Southwest Treatment Plant to be treated depending on the current flow.
  • Did you know the laboratory staff at the Southwest Treatment Plant analyzes over 5600 samples per month from wastewater, pre-treatment, storm water, and City Utilities?
  • Recycles 3,700 tons of recyclable materials annualy.
  • Safely disposes of 28,600 pounds of hazardous waste per year.
  • Processes 163,000 cubic yards of yardwaste per year.


The Department of Environmental Services protects the natural resources of our region for current and future generations.

Services to the Community

Where Do Our Recyclables Go?

The City of Springfield has competitively bid contracts in place with several local recycling businesses.

  • Mixed Paper goes to Nestle Purina PetCare in Springfield. This contract has resulted in 30 new jobs; the construction of a new $3 million/30,000 square foot manufacturing facility; and approximately $2.5 million returned to our community annually in payroll and locally purchased goods and services. The mixed paper is recycled on site into animal bedding and pet litter products –Yesterday’s News and Second Nature litters, for example, which are sold throughout the US.
  • Cardboard goes to New American Recycling, here in Springfield. It is processed here and marketed to companies that manufacture it into more cardboard or boxboard (cereal box material) containers or similar packing materials.
  • Plastics go to New American Recycling, here in Springfield. They are processed here and marketed to companies that manufacture it into a variety of products, including carpet, clothing, composite decking and other building materials and consumer products.
  • Tin/Steel goes to Commercial Metals, here in Springfield, where it is processed and marketed to companies that recycle it into more aluminum and steel products.
  • Glass goes to Ripple Glass in Kansas City where it is processed and sold to Owens-Corning and is used to make “pink panther” fiberglass construction insulation. Some of the glass is also recycled into new bottle beverage containers. The City has recently received our first donation of fiberglass insulation for our local Habitat for Humanity chapter as a bonus for the amount of glass we have recycled with Ripple.
  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the Department of Environmental Services is to protect public health and the environment by providing effective and efficient management of air quality wastewater treatment, water quality and solid waste disposal systems for the visitors and citizens of Springfield, MO.

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    Contact Us

    Third Floor - Administration
    840 Boonville Avenue
    Springfield, MO 65802