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You may have seen landscape employees recently raking or mowing leaves around campus but did you realize what a big undertaking it is? Each year, the Missouri S&T grounds crew collects approximately 120,000 pounds of shredded leaves.
“This amount of leaves covers a little over 200 acres of our campus,” says Randy Davis, assistant director of custodial and landscape services. “We try and get these collected in a few weeks, depending on the weather.”
The collected leaves go to S&T’s compost area and are made into mulch. The landscape team uses this for S&T spring plantings, which saves the university the expense of purchasing mulch. The department donates leftover much to the Rolla Community Garden and it is free for garden program participants. The department has also partnered with the City of Rolla, which takes the sticks and limbs collected from campus and grinds them into free wood mulch.