The Flame - September 2012

  • New Carts Rolling Your Way
  • KU, City of Lawrence launches Good Neighbor program
  • Electronic Recycling Event Scheduled for Oct. 13

New Carts Rolling Your Way

City to start providing trash carts to customers in October

This fall, the city will begin providing trash carts to single-family residences (apartments, commercial properties and those with dumpster service are not affected at this time). The City Commission authorized the purchase of the carts in August. The city will deliver the carts to all single- family residences from mid-October to November 9. Moving to a standard cart system was one of the recommendations from the city’s Solid Waste Task Force, a group of community members who studied the city’s solid waste system and made recommendations for the future of the program. Ultimately, the City Commission decided that carts offered many benefits to customers and to city solid waste employees.

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How the Program Works

The city will provide, at no additional cost, a 65-gallon cart to all single-family residences. The rate for the city’s solid waste service, with a 65-gallon cart, will remain the same at $14.94 per month. The 65-gallon cart is the standard size the city will provide. A 95-gallon or 35-gallon trash cart option is available by request. The monthly charge for services with a 95-gallon cart will be $16.94 per month. The monthly charge for services with a 35-gallon cart will be $13.44 per month. Your monthly solid waste fee pays for trash collection at the curb, household hazardous waste disposal services, bulk item pick-up, city drop-off recycling locations and other solid waste services.

If a customer already rents a cart from the city, the city will not deliver a new cart. The current cart rental fee will be removed and the rate adjusted, depending on cart size. After the initial delivery of the 65-gallon cart, residents who wish to receive a larger or smaller cart can call the Solid Waste Division at (785) 832-3032 or fill out an online form at www. for an exchange.

Benefits to Customers and Employees

The primary factor in moving to a standard cart system is employee safety. In 2010 and 2011, over half of the city’s worker’s compensation claims were from the Solid Waste Division. Each day, solid waste loaders visit approximately 475 households and lift an average of 7,500-pounds of trash. Worker’s safety is a top priority for the city and carts can decrease the strain on an employee’s body by allowing the trash truck to do the heavy lifting. The city’s current fleet of trash trucks is already equipped with tippers that lift and dump carts. Carts are beneficial for customers since standard carts are durable, weatherproof and are equipped with wheels to move the cart easily.

“With the carts, we do not have to physically lift the carts into the trucks,” said Duane LaFrenz, a solid waste loader for the city. “The carts can weigh 100-pounds or more. With the new carts, all we have to do is pull the cart to the truck, hook it on the lift mechanism and pull a lever. The truck lifts the cart and unloads the trash. We didn’t have to lift a thing.”

Next Steps

Carts will be delivered in mid-October to November 9 to single-family residences who do not currently rent a cart from the city. Once you receive your cart, start using it immediately and don’t hesitate to contact the city if you have problems or questions. Carts should be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled trash day.

Carts should be placed at the curb with the handle pointing toward your residence. It is always best to allow for some space around your cart to avoid damage to cars, fire hydrants, mailboxes, etc. For more information, visit our website at www. Contact the city with questions or comments by calling (785) 832-3032 or e-mail us at carts@

KU, City of Lawrence launches Good Neighbor program

City and University of Kansas Build Partnerships for Community

For many University of Kansas students, the college experience includes living in an off-campus house or apartment in a Lawrence neighborhood, often alongside non-student residents and families.

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With this in mind, KU has partnered with the City of Lawrence to create the Good Neighbor program, a new initiative to help students understand the responsibilities of living in Lawrence neighborhoods and how to be a good neighbor and community member.

The program kicked off in August with nearly 100 volunteers from various KU fraternities canvassing the Oread Neighborhood – roughly defined as the area between Ninth and 17th streets, and between Louisiana and Vermont streets – which each year comprises a large number of KU students. The volunteers delivered welcome bags filled with information on city ordinances regarding pets, bikes, parking, trash, noise, alcohol and other topics related to being a good neighbor and community member.

“We want students to understand that they’re not only part of the KU community, but that they’re also part of the larger Lawrence community,” said Tim Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at KU. “The Good Neighbor program is designed to educate students on the responsibilities they have as citizens of Lawrence and to give them some basic tools to be good neighbors and community members.”

In addition to helping students understand their responsibilities, the program is designed to help students understand their rights and access resources. The Good Neighbor welcome bag and website includes information on topics such as how to deal with landlords and how to stay safe when living Lawrence.

“For many students, this is the first time they’ve lived outside a residence hall or without parental supervision,” said Jane Tuttle, assistant vice provost of student affairs at KU. “That can be challenging for some of them, so we want to make sure they have the information they need to live comfortably and safely.”

Find out more information online at

Electronic Recycling Event Scheduled for October 13

The City of Lawrence will host an electronic recycling event on Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Free State High School north parking lot, 4700 Overland Drive.

Items accepted for recycling include televisions, video and audio equipment, computers, printers, scanners, fax machines, microwaves and other small appliances, cell phones and other hand held devices. There is a $10 recycling fee per computer monitor and a $15 recycling fee per television. There is no recycling fee for other electronic equipment. Fees may be paid by cash or check.

Electronic recycling at this event will be provided by Extreme Recycling, a permitted e-waste recycling and reclamation facility in the State of Kansas. This year Extreme Recycling achieved the e-Steward Certified Recycler designation from the Basel Action Network. This certification is awarded only to companies that meet the most stringent health and safety, data security, environmentally and socially responsible standards in the electronics industry and is the most comprehensive certification available.

Items not accepted at this event include large appliances and household hazardous waste such as fluorescent light bulbs, paint, pesticides, and compressed gas cylinders.

For further information, please contact the Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at (785) 832-3030 or visit