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Garden compost from City of Fayetteville Tuesday Oct. 6 October 6, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patricia Mikkelson, mother, co-coordinator of Jesus Vegans Community @ 12:50 am
The Funktional Family is available to help spread compost or unload a truck–if you supply the truck. I hope this information is valuable to you.
The City of Fayetteville is pleased to announce that Certified Garden Compost is screened and ready for distribution to the public. Beginning Tuesday, October 6th, Compost will be sold to Fayetteville residents only during normal operating hours at the compost site. The site is located at 1708 S. Armstrong Road in southeast Fayetteville and is open Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am until 3 pm. The site will also be open Saturday, October 10th from 8 am until noon .

You must be a Fayetteville resident to purchase compost. Please bring a recent water bill to prove residency. Beginning in November, the Saturday hours will be reduced to the first Saturday of each month from 8am until noon.

The price for the Compost will be $20 plus tax per scoop. Residents will only be allowed one time through the sale and will be limited to 1 scoop. Each scoop is 2 cubic yards weighing approximately 1,000 lbs.

Once again the Compost has been certified as Garden Compost through the Rodale Organic Gardeners Certification program. The compost has been screened to remove large sticks and other items for a finer product.

Each fall Fayetteville experiences a large volume of leaf waste which can cause some problems for homeowners. The City receives numerous calls to use the street sweeper to remove the leaves. The City of Fayetteville does not remove leaves curbside with the use of the City’s street sweeper as this equipment was not designed to collect and remove leaves for yardwaste disposal.

Homeowners have the responsibility to properly manage leaves in accordance with the City ordinance regarding yardwaste removal. Depositing leaves in the street could result in clogged storm drains which in turn could lead to flooding of personal property. Also, it is illegal for the City to dispose of yardwaste in landfills in the state of Arkansas.

The City has a composting program which collects leaves and other properly prepared yardwaste weekly as part of the normal solid waste collection program. The material is then used as feedstock for the City’s composting program. Leaves must either be placed in 30 gallon paper bags purchased at local retail stores or in unlined trash cans properly marked “yardwaste” if the customer chooses to participate in the City of Fayetteville’s no-cost yard waste collection program. Collection occurs the same day as normal Solid Waste collection and must be placed curbside by 6:00 a.m.

The Composting facility is also available for residents to bring the leaves in for composting. There is no charge to bring in leaves for Fayetteville residents. Leaves must be emptied out of plastic bags if brought to the site.

Other options for disposal of leaves include “backyard composting.” Information on “backyard composting” is available from Brian Pugh at 718-7685 or bpugh@ci.fayetteville.ar.us.

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