FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Contact: Kathy Richardson, waste reduction and recycling operations supervisor, (785) 832-3046
Fall compost sale dates scheduled
(Lawrence, Kan.) - This fall the City of Lawrence will hold a compost sale on two Saturdays. The sale on Saturday, September 15th is for citizens who would like to load their own compost and the sale on Saturday, September 29th is for citizens who would like the city to load compost into their truck bed or trailer.
The two Saturday sales will be held at the city’s Wood Recovery and Composting Facility located at 1420 E. 11th Street which is east of 11th and Haskell Avenue, over the railroad tracks. This compost is not intended for commercial applications, but rather for the citizens of Lawrence.
YOU LOAD – Compost Sale on Saturday, September 15th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm:
· SELF-LOAD ONLY.
· $10 per truck or trailer load; small quantities free.
· CASH only.
· Please bring a shovel.
WE LOAD – Compost Sale on Saturday, September 29th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm:
· The city will load trucks and trailers.
· The city cannot load trucks with ladder racks.
· Dump truck quantities are not allowed.
· $10 per truck or trailer load; the price will be more for larger trucks or trailers.
· CASH only.
· Sale may close early if supply is depleted.
“During the past couple sales, citizens suggested opening the compost sale to self-loaders first to allow citizens who want smaller amounts of compost a chance to pick up material before it sells out. Another suggestion offered was to schedule the compost sale on the weekend and not during the week,” Kathy Richardson, waste reduction and recycling operations supervisor, stated. “This fall the city is making those adjustments for the sale.”
The city’s compost is made from the weekly curbside collection of residential yard waste, which includes grass, leaves, garden pruning, and small woody waste. Due to the length of the composting process and the biological changes that occur, 99 percent of all chemicals have dissipated prior to public distribution. City staff tests the compost for levels of ammonia and carbon dioxide; tests are also completed for pH and salinity.
Compost is a fertilizer, and is meant to be mixed into the soil. For food gardens, it is recommended to add up to 1-1/2 inches of compost to every six inches depth of tilled soil. Do not plant in 100 percent compost. Visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org for more information.
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