Thayer Road compost facility

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Compost facility, located at 7425 Thayer Road, is in the process of renovation that will include new fencing, an electronic gate and a camera security system to monitor the operation of the site.

The purpose of this renovation is to provide access to residents for disposing of yard waste material seven days a week and to monitor any illegal dumping that could result in contamination of the compost material during grinding.

The compost facility will be open every day, year-round, and the hours will be as follows:

Nov. 1 – Feb. 28th 7 am – 5 pm

Mar. 1 – Oct. 31st 7 am – 7 pm

As a reminder, the only accepted items are:

• Grass clippings

• Leaves

• Shrubs and brush

• Tree limbs up to 10 inches in diameter

• Christmas trees without decorations

Items not accepted are:

• Tree trunk roots

• Limbs over 10 inches in diameter

• Food waste

• Lumber – treated or untreated

• Soil and sod

• Bales of straw

Any evidence of illegal dumping will be reported to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Residents will be given access to free mulch that is left at the site; however, removal of the material must be done manually without the use of equipment.

Residents who have questions on what can be recycled at the compost facility should visit or call Matthew Baugher, Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention, at 740-393-6704.

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