Duluth, MN—Unseasonably warm and dry spring weather has prompted Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) to open its Yard Waste Compost Site early this year to accommodate area residents’ spring yard clean-up efforts. WLSSD will offer early season hours for yard waste drop-off this weekend and will open the facility for the season on Friday, April 9, 2010. Yard Waste Compost Site Early Season Hours
Friday, April 2 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No compost will be sold during these special early season hours
The Yard Waste Compost Site will open for the season on Friday, April 9, 2010—offering new, expanded hours. The facility will be open Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Full services, including compost sales and loading services will be available.
“We’ve expanded hours for the Yard Waste Site to better meet the needs of our customers in the community,” said Heidi Ringhofer, WLSSD’s Solid Waste Services Supervisor. “Customers have told us in the past that opening the site earlier in the day would better accommodate their busy schedules. The site will now be open earlier each day and for more hours each week than in past years.”Residents are reminded that it’s illegal to dispose of yard waste in the trash. Programs like the WLSSD Yard Waste Compost Site recover vegetative waste for beneficial reuse, like creating Garden Green® compost and wood mulch. Area residents should contact the WLSSD Hotline at 722-0761 or visit wlssd.com with questions about proper disposal.
“Yard and garden waste contains valuable nutrients that can be recovered and used to improve soils, enrich gardens and protect water quality. When yard waste is placed in the trash, it heads to a landfill where it’s buried and can’t be re-used,” continued Ringhofer.
Leaves, grass clippings, and garden waste can be dropped off at WLSSD’s Yard Waste Site free of charge. Brush is charged at just $8.00 per cubic yard to defray costs to chip and shred the material. The site is located at 27th Avenue West and the waterfront in Duluth.
The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 500 square mile legislative boundaries in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.