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Recycling centers offer fall Sunday hours for yard waste

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Springfield's composting center will be open Sunday to receive fall leaves.

Springfield’s composting center will be open on Sunday through Dec. 7 to receive fall leaves. The Yardwaste Recycling Center is located near the Southwest Treatment Plant.

Ideally, mulching and composting will turn your fall leaves into useful compost, but that takes space, time and resources not all of us have.

Most Springfield residents only have to venture as far as their own backyards to enjoy the fall foliage. But what to do with those beautiful leaves once they’ve fallen? City ordinances prohibit the dumping of leaves and other yard waste into streets and waterways, including storm drains.

Several alternatives are available for environmentally responsible leaf disposal: mulching leaves, proper backyard composting and utilizing the City’s Yardwaste Recycling Center (YRC) facilities and services.

The YRC and Lone Pine Recycling Center are now open 1-5 p.m. on Sundays Nov. 2-Dec. 7 in addition to their winter season hours, which are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The Franklin Avenue Recycling Center accepts yardwaste and brush Ave. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday at its location at 751 N. Franklin.

Winter loading hours for mulch and compost products, which are for sale at the YRC, are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Please call the Recycling Hotline at 864-1904 for current availability of these products.

To shorten waiting time and ease traffic volume, residents utilizing the Lone Pine Avenue Recycling Center during the busy fall leaf season are encouraged to arrive with materials already separated. Vehicles pulling trailers should be taken to either the Franklin Avenue Recycling Center (not open on Sundays) or to the Yardwaste Recycling Center. Commercially generated yardwaste is not accepted at either of the Franklin or Lone Pine Recycling Centers.

Directions & Fees

Yardwaste Recycling Center
The Yardwaste Recycling Center is located near the Southwest Treatment Plant. Drive west on Sunshine (Hwy. 60). Turn left (south) on to Farm Road 115. Turn left (east) onto Farm Road 164. Follow signs to the (YRC). Access is also available by going west on James River Freeway to Sunshine (Hwy. 60), turning right (east) onto Sunshine (Hwy. 60). Turn right (south) onto Farm Road 115, turning left (East) onto Farm Road 164. Follow the signs to the (YRC). Leaves are accepted free of charge from City residents. Honor system fees in the amount of 50 cents per bag of leaves apply to non-residents. Brush is accepted from Springfield/Greene County residents with a $4 per vehicle fee. The revenue from the fees, donations and product sales help offset the cost of operating the YRC. Commercially generated yardwaste is accepted at this location only.

Lone Pine Avenue Recycling Center
The Lone Pine Avenue Recycling Center is located at 3020 S. Lone Pine Ave., one block south of the Battlefield Road/Lone Pine Avenue intersection). This center accepts limited quantities of leaves and yardwaste. Honor system fees in the amount of 50 cents per bag of leaves from City residents and $1 per bag from non-residents are necessary to pay the cost of transporting the yardwaste to the Yardwaste Recycling Center. Commercially generated yardwaste is not accepted at this location.

Franklin Avenue Recycling Center
The Franklin Avenue Recycling Center is located at 731 N. Franklin Ave., at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Poplar Street. This center accepts limited quantities of leaves and yardwaste. Honor system fees in the amount of 50 cents per bag of leaves from City residents and $1 per bag from non-residents are necessary to pay the cost of transporting the yardwaste to the Yardwaste Recycling Center. Commercially generated yardwaste is not accepted at this location.

For more information about the Springfield’s yard waste recycling services, please call the Recycling Hotline at 864-1904 or visit www.springfieldmo.gov/recycling. Information is also available on backyard composting, mulching and use of compost and mulching materials.

For more information, contact: Erick Roberts, Superintendent of Solid Waste Management, at 864-1905.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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