Archive for Thursday, September 16, 2010

City sets compost sale Sept. 23-25

September 16, 2010


The city’s fall compost sale is set for next week at the Wood Recovery and Composting Facility, 1420 E. 11th St.

Here’s the schedule:

• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. If the supply is depleted, the sale will end early.

The compost — dark, crumbly, sweet smelling material, similar in appearance to the top layer of high quality soil — is made of organic materials that have been broken down into a stable form by microorganisms. The compost is made from the weekly collection of residential yard trimmings, which includes grass, leaves, garden prunings and small woody waste.

At the sale, you may load your own material or have a city employee load it by tractor into pickups and small trailers. The city cannot load trucks with ladder racks.

The cost for the city to load compost will be $10 per pickup truckload, and more will be charged for larger trucks or trailers. The city requires payments in cash only.


Paul Geisler 7 years, 7 months ago

Would you really like to have the City use our tax dollars to pay workers overtime pay to work on the weekend just so you don't have to adjust your weekday schedule? Not likely! If you want to save some money on mulch for your garden then take a couple hours off Thursday or Friday and go get a truckload from the City. Otherwise quit complaining and go buy some overpriced mulch at the garden store after you are done with work!

jocogohome 7 years, 7 months ago

consumer1.....what a cry baby!!! Are you so arrogant to think that farming isn't a job? I have such a low tolerance for your type of ignorance.

lazz 7 years, 7 months ago

we're talking about mulch here, right?

mytosense 7 years, 7 months ago

WOW you can really feel the love in this room!! LOL guys do realize you CAN make your OWN right? There's no law against composting. In-fact, I'll bet that very soon there will be a law requiring you to compost, or pay extra to have grass and other 'greens' hauled off. It's already happening in KC, JOCO and other cities across the country. It's just a matter of time before it hits Lawrence.

It's really easy, doesn't take much room, and if you learn to do it properly it's always there ready for you to use...

Oh, having grown up farming, I can assure you we had PLENTY of organic materials around the farm to use and re-use. We didn't truck it in from anywhere else...LOL

cowboy 7 years, 7 months ago

Hey LJW , why not ask the question how much income this mulch generates for the city. Since we as taxpayers invest a weekly route cost , the cost of managing this pile for a year , then the distribution.

What are we getting back in revenue for this investment.

With the city solid waste department under some scrutiny , it would be quite interestiing to see the dollar numbers on this sale.

LadyJ 7 years, 7 months ago

Excellent question cowboy, thank you. How much does the compost and mulch end of the sanitation department cost? If we discontinue the sanitation department then that service should discontinue also. So if it loses money, discontinue it now since it will be anyway if we go private. The city uses some of the compost and mulch for various projects themselves, so if the Sanitation Dept is shut down, they will have to buy it. Let's crunch the numbers here.

imastinker 7 years, 7 months ago

If you assume that there are no specialized equipment for the compost and let the equipment be considered as a fixed cost - probably not very much.

Lee Saylor 7 years, 7 months ago

No, they now sell both. In the past, the compost was given away and the mulch was sold.

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