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Updated Yardwaste Recycling Center will be celebrated for Earth Day

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Springfield has long been a leader in encouraging its residents to recycle yard waste. On April 21, visitors can kick off Earth Day festivities by touring the update center from 10-2.

The City of Springfield will host a pre-Earth Day celebration 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, April 21 to celebrate the newly upgraded Yardwaste Recycling Center, 3790 Farm Road 119, Brookline.

A dedication ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., followed by guided facility tours at 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m. Visitors can also learn more about recycling opportunities in Springfield at various information booths from the City and its recycling partners.

Upgrades to the Yardwaste Recycling Center facility include a new 3,500-square-foot building with indoor public restrooms, staff offices, conference room and equipment maintenance space. Improved traffic flow and pavement throughout the facility allow for better product management and materials production.

Other improvements made at the site highlight the connection between solid waste management and clean water services in Springfield. A new biosolids storage building will allow organic matter recycled from the City’s wastewater to be more efficiently stored and distributed to local farms as fertilizer. New hydrants will reuse effluent from the Southwest Treatment Plant for improved compost production.

Total construction costs for the project was $3.2 million and were funded through the Solid Waste and Cleanwater Enterprise funds.

The City’s Yardwaste Recycling Center is Springfield’s primary drop-off site for recycling residential and commercial yardwaste and brush. The center handles more than 75,000 customer visits per year and processes approximately 180,000 cubic yards of yardwaste into landscaping mulch and compost products available for purchase.

Information about hours, fees and quantity guidelines are available by calling the Recycling Hotline at 864-1904 or by visiting SpringfieldMo.gov/recycling.

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 the signs to the Yardwaste Recycling Center. 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 Yardwaste Recycling Center.

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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