The locks on the Bald Hill Compost Site on High Plain Road are about to come off for another season. The site opens to residents on Saturday, April 12, and remains in operation through November.
The site is open to residents only; no commercial dumping is allowed. Annual stickers are $25.
The property contains rich compost, dubbed by some users as “black gold,” for use on lawns and gardens. Up to two barrels can be taken per day. Officials say many lawn and garden shops charge $35 for comparable compost.
Residents can also drop off their leaves and grass clippings at the site, either dumping them in barrels or disposing of them in paper compost bags available at hardware stores.
Curbside pickup of leaves and clippings is still available in town during certain weeks of spring and fall, but the Bald Hill site accepts materials all summer and fall.
The site is open 22 hours a week and is monitored by friendly volunteers. Operating hours have recently changed. They are Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stickers are available in the Plant & Facilities office at the Town Offices, 36 Bartlet St. Residents must show proof of vehicle registration to obtain a sticker. Stickers may not be transferred and only vehicles registered to Andover residents and that are less than 10,000 pounds of gross vehicle weight will be admitted.
For more information, call 978-623-8280.