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Posted on: July 31, 2023

City issues reminder about yardwaste and debris disposal following storms


The City’s Public Works Department worked overnight assisting City Utilities with removal of downed trees and debris following last night’s storm. The City’s Urban Forestry division is still assessing the damage. To alert crews of debris on roadways or public right-of-way, call the Citizen Resource Center at 417-864-1010 or email [email protected]

The City does not remove storm debris from private property. Citizens are encouraged to call any local certified tree and lawn service company for tree and brush cleanup and removal.

For debris disposal, Springfield Environmental Services manages three drop-off recycling centers that accept leaves, small sticks and other yardwaste 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Yardwaste drop off in limited amounts is free to residents of Springfield and Greene County, but suggested honor system fees and donations are encouraged. 

The City accepts limited amounts of brush and yardwaste at the Franklin Avenue Recycling Center, 731 N. Franklin, and at the Lone Pine Recycling Center, 3020 S. Lone Pine. The centers accept small sticks, cut grass and leaves at a limit of 10 bags. Bundles of brush must be no more than 18 inches in diameter with branches less than two inches in diameter, cut no longer than four feet in length. Loads above the size and quantity limits will be referred to the Yardwaste Recycling Center (YRC). 

The City’s Yardwaste Recycling Center (YRC), located at 3790 S. Farm Road 119, is the only location where residential brush is accepted in bulk. The YRC accepts bulk brush including larger sticks, limbs and storm debris up to 4-feet-long and 10 inches in diameter or smaller. A minimum brush disposal fee of $9.50 will be charged for a car, SUV, pickup or trailer under 8 ft. For full disposal fees and sizing specifications, visit before arriving at the facility.  The YRC processes the grass clippings and leaves into compost and also grinds woody materials for landscaping mulch. These products are available for sale at the center.

As a reminder, per state statute, yardwaste is not accepted at the Noble Hill Sanitary Landfill. City ordinance also prohibits placing yardwaste in streets, storm drains, ditches, waterways or other drainage areas. Placing yard waste in streets or drainage areas can cause flooding and waterway pollution as well as a safety issue for the traveling public.  

Visit for information regarding facility services, hours of operation, locations and materials accepted. 

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For media inquiries, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected].

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