Spring Compost and Woodchip Sale Event on March 14-16

Maureen BradyCity, Municipal Services and Operations, Solid Waste

The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division will hold a Compost and Woodchip Sale Event Thursday through Saturday, March 14, 15, and 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City’s Compost Facility located at 1420 E. 11th Street, which is east of 11th Street and Haskell Avenue, over the railroad tracks. The Sale Event will be held rain or shine.

Compost and Woodchip Sale Event information:

  • The City will load trucks and trailers. The City cannot load trucks with ladder racks.
  • $10 per bucket load, equivalent to two cubic yards (CASH only).
  • Self-loading small quantities (small bag, plastic tote, box) free.
  • Bring a tarp to secure woodchips in trucks and trailers to prevent littering the roadway.
  • Compost and woodchips are not intended for commercial applications, but rather for the citizens of Lawrence.

For those who cannot make it to the Sale Event this week, there are additional opportunities to purchase compost and woodchips. The City sells compost and woodchips every Saturday, March through mid-December, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays are self-loading days; please bring a shovel. $10 per truck or trailer load (CASH only). Small quantities free. Starting in April through October, on the first Saturday of the month, there will be a City operator onsite to load compost and woodchips into trucks and trailers. Cost: $10 per bucket load, equivalent to two cubic yards (CASH only).

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.

Woodchips are used to cover the soil. Woodchips help conserve water by reducing moisture evaporation from the soil. The woodchips the City sells are made from brush and tree debris dropped off from residential and commercial sources.

For more information, visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org.

Media contact: Kathy Richardson, solid waste manager, (785) 832-3032.