The City of Joplin will resume its free wood chip giveaways on Friday and Saturday and various Fridays and Saturdays until the chips are gone.

The city will load wood chips from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., weather permitting. People are to bring a truck or trailer to the wood chip site and city employees will use heavy equipment to load the wood chips. The free event is open to everyone, regardless of residency.

The wood chip site is located 6/10 (six tenths) of a mile north of the intersection of Belle Center Road on North Schifferdecker Avenue, commonly known as Snow Ball Hill between Zora and Belle Center; look for the sign and turn onto the driveway on the west side of Schifferdecker Avenue.

The chips are derived from many different trees that came down in the December 2013 ice storm. They are then mixed together during the grinding process.

Mike McDaniel, city arborist reminds residents, “When applied around trees, the mulch should not touch the trunk of the tree. It should resemble a flattened doughnut and be no more than three to four inches deep.”

To receive additional information or a printed flyer, contact the Parks Department at 417-624-6937.

Self-serve wood chips are available at the Joplin Recycling Center, 1310 W. A St. The center is open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Details: Joplin Recycling Coordinator, 624-0820, extension 501.


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