Products Available

The sale of these products is one of several revenue sources being utilized by the Division of Solid Waste Management as a part of an innovative combination of diverse funding for the city's voter-approved Integrated Solid Waste Management System.

Materials Used

The materials in our products are locally-generated organic yard waste. The materials are accepted from Springfield / Greene County residents at our Yard Waste Recycling Center. Specially designed equipment is used to grind and/or screen the materials into uniformly-sized and textured products. Partial funding for this equipment was obtained through a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The information on this page is also contained in the MO Product Fact Sheet.

Important Information

  • Due to the seasonal availability of these products, we recommend calling the Recycling Hotline at 417-864-1904 for current supply status before coming to the YRC.
  • Pickups - standard size holds up to approximately 3 cubic yards
    • Compact size holds approximately 2 cubic yards
  • These screened products are consistently sized for uniform appearance.

Landscaping Mulch

MO-Mulch is made from ground woody materials for use on flower beds, shrubs, trees, and pathways.
  • Unscreened - $7 / cubic yard
  • Fine textured - $16 / cubic yard
    • $3 / 1.5 cubic foot bag (approximately 40 lbs.)

Advantages of Mulching

  • Absorbs rainfall and runoff
  • Discourages weed growth
  • Moderates soil temperature
  • Preserves soil moisture
  • Provides microbe habitat
  • Recycles organic materials

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Yard Waste Compost

MO-POST is a high quality compost of yard and garden organic materials.
  • $24 / cubic yard
  • $4 / 1 cubic foot bag (approximately 40 lbs.)
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Benefits of Compost

Compost is a valuable resource. It adds organic matter and helpful microorganisms to your soil. Compost develops good soil structure, which is a crucial element for plant growth and health. Visit the Dish-to-Dirt program website for more information on home composting.
  • Our compost is rich in organic matter which greatly improves soil structure. Any kind of soil can benefit from compost. It helps sandy soils retain water and nutrients so plants can absorb them.
  • Compost also helps reduce compaction and improves air and water filtration in clay soils. Having well-structured soil will enhance long-term plant growth and health.
  • Beneficial organisms in healthy composts help break down overgrown thatch in grass lawns.

Where & How to Use Compost

  • Vegetable and flower gardens: Before planting, till in 1 1/2 inches of compost in the top 4 inches of soil.
  • Landscaping: Before planting, till in 1 1/2 inches compost in the top 4 - 6 inches of soil or mulch surface with 2 inches of compost with existing plants.
  • Trees and shrubs: Mulch with 1/2 - 1 inch compost at the tree base. Transplant with a mix of 10% to 15% by volume composts and replacement soil. Maintain trees with 1/2 - 1 inch compost along drip line (farthest edge of leaf cover) annually.
  • Turf establishment:
    • Lawns - Before planting, till in 1 1/2 inches of compost with 3 to 6 inches of soil.
    • Over-seeding - Thoroughly aerate established turn area, spread seed and cover with approximately 1/4 inch of compost.
    • Turf maintenance - Aerate lawn thoroughly in spring. Top dress lawn in spring and fall with approximately 1/4 inch compost.
Tip: A fertilizer or seed spreader will spread compost evenly.

Compost Coverage Per Cubic Yard

Area Depth
12.5' x 12.5' 2.0"
15.0' x 15.0' 1.5"
18.0' x 18.0' 1.0"
25.0' x 25.0' 0.5"