Moving? Tips from the city to make your move easier!

Porter ArneillCity, Solid Waste

Did you know that Americans throw away, on average, 4.4 pounds of waste per day? That number only goes up when someone is gearing up for a move. With move-out season upon us once again in Lawrence, give yourself enough time to sort through your things before you move. This will allow you to find the best reuse, recycling, and safe disposal options for items you no longer wish to keep. Here are a few helpful tips:

REDUCE the amount of waste generated by using reusable or recyclable padding like towels, cloth napkins, or newspaper to pack your boxes instead of purchasing Styrofoam peanuts or plastic wrap. Stop by your nearest grocery, office, or book store to take advantage of free cardboard boxes for reuse.

DONATE gently used clothing and household goods to local charities, hold a moving sale, or post to online Buy, Sell, Trade groups. Donate non-perishable food to local food banks, pantries, and shelters.

RECYCLE obsolete electronic equipment, cardboard boxes, newspapers, plastic bags, and all other recyclable materials. Search the Recyclable Materials Directory for local options.

PROPERLY DISPOSE of paint, automotive products, household cleaners, pesticides, and other potentially hazardous chemicals at the City of Lawrence/Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Call (785) 832-3030 to schedule a drop-off appointment.

SCHEDULE A PICK-UP for bulky items no longer usable, such as couches, appliances, and automobile tires, by submitting an online request form or calling (785) 832-3032.

WHAT ABOUT MY CARTS? Please do not take the City trash and recycling carts with you when you move. These carts belong to the address delivered. If you purchased a brown yard waste cart from the City, it can be moved to your new home.

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Media Contact: Kathy Richardson, solid waste manager, (785) 832-3032.