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Find answers about waste management services and leaf disposal this fall.

 

It’s already that time of year again. In October, the trees took turns morphing into beautiful bright oranges and reds and now they’ve shed their colorful counterparts all over your front lawn. Although yard waste is not accepted in Missouri landfills, you have several different options when it comes to disposing of them before the snow and ice heads our way. Consider one of these options to take control of your at-home waste management.

Yardwaste Recycling Center

Your waste management company may already take care of leaf disposal for you, but if you don’t currently have a recycling service in Springfield, the Yardwaste Recycling Center is a fantastic resource that far too few take advantage of. Located near the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant, this center accepts large quantities of commercial and residential yard waste such as brush, leaves, grass trimmings, and tree limbs. Your leaves don’t have to be bagged and there’s no limit to how much yard waste you bring, making this recycling center a great option for any homeowner looking to get rid of those unwanted leaves.

waste management and leaf recycling signProducts you CAN bring to the Yardwaste Recycling Center:

  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • non-woody shrub trimmings
  • leftover vegetation from gardens or flowerbeds
  • limbs (no larger than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet long)

Products you CANNOT bring to the Yardwaste Recycling Center:

  • garbage
  • lumber
  • rocks
  • dirt

In addition to yard waste recycling services, you’ll also have access to compost and mulch products for sale at the recycling center.

Residential yard waste is $4/vehicle and the Yardwaste Recycling Center is available to residents of Springfield and Greene County. The center’s winter hours are Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. from the first Sunday in November until the first Sunday in December. Winter hours begin the first Tuesday in November and end the first Tuesday in April.

Franklin Ave. and Lone Pine Recycling Centers

These centers offer similar services as the Yardwaste Recycling Center but the Franklin Ave. and Lone Pine Recycling Centers have a 10 bag per day limit per person, unlike the Yardwaste Recycling Center, which has no limit. These drop-off centers make it easy to gather all your leaves in bags, drop them off, and forget about them, all while being responsible about your waste management.

The Franklin Ave. and Lone Pine Recycling Centers can get pretty hectic in the fall because everyone is trying to recycle leaves at the same time. Utilizing these city services is a win-win for everyone and although there is no required fee, the City of Springfield suggests you donate 50 cents per bag for the service.

What you CAN bring to the Franklin Ave. and Lone Pine Recycling Centers:

  • leaves (contained in bags)
  • grass trimmings (contained in bags)
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • aluminum
  • glass containers
  • plastic containers

The Franklin Ave. Recycling Center is located at 731 N. Franklin Ave. and winter hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Lone Pine Recycling Center is located at 3020 S. Lone Pine Ave. and winter hours are Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. from the first Sunday in November until the first Sunday in December. Winter hours for both locations begin the first Tuesday in November and end the first Tuesday in April.

Compost Bins

If spending hours bagging and hauling those leaves to the local recycling centers doesn’t really sound like your cup of tea, consider starting your own compost bin on your property. All it takes is a small container and a little effort. If you garden, you can utilize that compost as additional nutrients for your plot which in turn, eliminates the extra cost of going out and purchasing mulch. Whether you choose to build your own compost bin or purchase one from a home improvement store like the Home Depot, finding a way to reuse and recycle your leaves at home can be quite rewarding.

Need to dispose of additional household items or trash? Automated Waste Services offers dumpster rental services in northern Christian County and the surrounding areas.