May 06, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Mulch and Compost Temporarily Unavailable

The City's Yardwaste Recycling Center has temporarily run out of all mulch and compost products.

This includes both the bagged and bulk material at the Yardwaste Recycling Center.

A small supply of mulch products is expected to be available in the next few weeks. The next batch of compost should be available in late July or early August.

Interested citizens can call the Recycling Hotline at 864-1904 for up-to-date availability of all products, or visit the City Web site at: www.springfieldmo.gov/recycling.

The products are created using the appropriate types of yardwaste deposited at the recycling centers, so availability depends largely on the volume of material received. Following a long period of property clean ups from the January 2007 and subsequent ice storms, it appears that the amount of loose vegetation has decreased after the higher volume of storm debris over several seasons.

There also has been a higher and earlier demand than usual for these products this spring, which is likely due to the increased interest in home and neighborhood gardening projects.

The interest in using compost products also has increased thanks to the efforts of local organizations such as Show-Me Yards & Neighborhoods and University Extension Master Gardeners, which have worked to educate gardners about the benefits of adding organic material to existing soils.

For more information, contact: Barbara Lucks, Materials Recovery and Education Coordinator, 864-2005.

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840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
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