Solid waste collection service updates effective May 1st

Porter ArneillCity, Solid Waste

The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division is updating collection practices to maximize use of staff and fleet resources, and balance work flow through the work week.

Residential collection services for trash, recycling, and yard waste will begin at 6:00 a.m. Residents should set out carts by 6:00 a.m. on their day of service or set out carts the night before, and remove empty carts from the curb within 24 hours after collection service.

Starting on May 1st, the Solid Waste Division will begin new residential trash collection routes. Lawrence will be split into five sections for trash collection on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Thirty percent of our residential customers will be assigned a different day of the week for trash collection. The other 70% will not experience a trash day change. A detailed solid waste collection map is available online. Next week, solid waste collection crews will hang informational tags on trash carts for those customers who will be assigned a new trash day in May to remind them of their collection service day change.

Residential recycling collection service will continue to be provided every-other-week on the same day as the customer’s trash day. This online map shows the new areas for Recycle Week A and Recycle Week B within the Monday through Friday sections. During the first week in May, the Recycle Week A area will be collected. The following week will be Recycle Week B.

Weekly yard waste collection service will be provided on the same day as the customer’s trash day starting in May. In addition, yard waste will now be collected year-round (as winter weather permits). Approved set-out containers for yard waste collection are compostable paper yard waste bags and 95-gallon brown yard waste carts sold by the City. There are three payment options for the purchase of a yard waste cart: $60 one-time fee, $10 per month for 6 months, and $5 per month for 12 months. Yard waste cart orders can be placed online. The fee is added on the customer’s City utility bill and the cart is delivered to the customer’s residence. Bundles of brush will continue to be allowed for curbside collection as long as the bundles do not exceed 5 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter, do not weigh more than 65 pounds, and are tied with string or twine (no wire, duct tape, etc.). Yard waste may not be placed in plastic bags, cans, or trash and recycling carts.

On Friday, April 28th, solid waste crews will collect and recycle personal trash cans/carts that residents no longer wish to keep. Set out instructions for old trash containers (cans/carts) to be recycled:

  • Set out containers at the curb or alley (location where residence normally sets out trash for collection) by 6:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28th.
  • Mark an “X” on containers to be recycled.
  • Containers must be empty.

For additional information, visit lawrenceks.org/swm.

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