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Aug 18

Learn How Your Yard Trimmings Become Texas Pure

Posted on August 18, 2017 at 12:39 PM by Wendy Jorgensen

Ever wonder what happens to your yard waste bags when they leave the curb? I’m Sherrian Jones, operations & marketing manager for Texas Pure Products, and I’d like to give you a behind the scenes look at the process. Texas Pure Products are made at the Regional Compost Facility in Melissa from the yard waste collected in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Richardson. This partnership diverts about 60,000 tons of yard debris from the landfill each year to produce high quality compost, topdressing and mulch. Our compost and topdressing are OMRI listed and approved for use in USDA organics programs.

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The process begins at the Custer Road Facility in Plano where yard waste is dropped off and separated for processing. Tree trunks, tree limbs and brush are ground into mulch. Yard trimmings collected in brown compostable yard bags are ground and used to make compost and topdressing. One challenge of the grinding process is contamination in the compostable bags. We have a problem with plastic, glass and other items placed in the compostable bags. Employees spend a large amount of time trying to prevent contaminated yard bags from reaching the grinder. Once the material is ground, we can’t separate it out of our compost. We ask that residents only place yard trimmings in the bags, as a cleaner stream of materials coming in ensures quality of finished compost and mulch. 

Melissa Compost Facility photo

After grinding, we transport the materials to Regional Composting Facility in Melissa. Here organic materials collected from grocery stores is combined with the pre-ground yard debris and formed into long, large rows called windrows. We monitor the moisture and temperature levels of the windrows and aerate and add water and additional ground materials as needed to ensure a high-quality product. After about six months, the composting process is complete and the product is screened, cured and made available for sale in bags, or for bulk pickup or delivery. 

 Please remember – plant material only in the brown landscape bags. No plastic, bricks, drink bottles, cans, rocks or tools. 

Find a list of Texas Pure Products made from your yard trimmings!


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