Archive for Thursday, March 5, 2009

City offers compost for sale to local gardeners

March 5, 2009


Area gardeners will have a chance to buy compost from the city of Lawrence later this month.

The city’s Solid Waste Division will sell the organic material on March 12-14. The first two days of the sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final day of the sale is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but could end early if supplies are depleted. The sale will take place at the city’s Wood Recovery and Composting Facility, 1420 E. 11th Street, which is just east of 11th and Haskell.

City crews will sell the compost for $10 per truck load. Smaller quantities are available for free, if participants load the material themselves.

The compost is made from the weekly collection of residential yard trimmings. The material is used by gardeners to improve the quality of soil.


Kevin Sontag 8 years, 10 months ago

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gccs14r 8 years, 10 months ago

A sign of things to come. Compost had been free, even for the truck or trailerload. The $10 should offset fuel, equipment, and manpower costs, which we previously had absorbed collectively.

spankyandcranky 8 years, 10 months ago

So is this the other time of year when they normally offer it for free? We already got compost from them in the fall (a free truckload). I'm not saying it isn't worth $10, but I won't be picking any up for that price. Does anyone know when they will be offering the mulch -- thought the mulch would be next?

spankyandcranky 8 years, 10 months ago

The city picks up yard waste seperately from trach, and instead of dumping it with the other garbage, they reuse it -- they turn it into compost and mulch instead of filling up landfills. So I think the city should continue what they're doing. It's a positive program and now that they're charging for the service, they will create some revenue, hopefully, for work that they'd be doing anyway.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

The city's own clippings, tree trimmings, etc, also go into the composting operation.

womanwarrior 8 years, 10 months ago

They also don't have to go out and buy mulch and compost for the parks. There was a question asked last fall about yard waste pick up and apparently it pays for itself. The community wants it, and if all that are always glued to your computers anyway don't want it the move to the city.

cowboy 8 years, 10 months ago

There is absolutely no way this operation pays for itself . The costs , manpower , wear and maintenance of the equipment used to collect it. I would wager a bet that they collect less than 10,000 dollars on this fiasco , I would like someone at city hall to break out the costs of collection . I would bet its in the 100,000 range . This is not SUSTAINABLE.

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