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The compost and woodchips are not intended for commercial applications, but rather for the citizens of Lawrence. For residential use only.


  • Time:  Saturdays ONLY through mid-December, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: 1420 E. 11th Street, just east of 11th and Haskell Avenue, across the railroad tracks
  • Self-load: Every Saturday, you must bring your own shovel. $10/ truckload or trailer load, small quantities free.
  • City-Load: First Saturday of the month, April – October, bring a tarp to secure material. $10/scoop
  • All transactions are CASH ONLY.
  • Personal motorized loading equipment such as a skid steer are not allowed
  • This sale will be during scheduled brush drop-off hours.

What is Compost?

Compost consists of decayed organic matter and has been proven to be extremely successful as a natural soil amendment. Lawrence Community Compost is made from the yard trimmings and small woody debris collected curbside on Monday mornings, as well as grass clippings, leaves, and woody debris from some commercial lawn care providers.

What is Mulch?

Mulch is a material used to cover the soil. Most mulches are organic (woodchips, unfinished compost, straw) but inorganics such as lava rock or limestone can add an appealing, low maintenance touch. Good mulch conserves water by reducing moisture evaporation from the soil. The woodchips the City sells are made from tree materials brought in from residential and commercial sources. Note: Woodchips may contain Emerald Ash Borer. Transportation within counties quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer is okay. Do not transport woodchips outside of the listed quarantined counties: Atchison, Doniphan, Douglas, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Shawnee, and Wyandotte.

Compost Analysis Report – August 2018

Interpreting Compost Lab Results

MU Lab Results

Previous Event Reports

Spring 2018 Compost & Woodchip Sale Report

Fall 2017 Compost & Woodchip Sale Report

Spring 2017 Compost & Woodchip Sale Report