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Comprehensive solid waste management services are provided in the context of a growing university community (University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University), resulting in a highly transient population. The 2017 estimated population of the City of Lawrence is 99,496. The collection and disposal of garbage became a municipal service in 1946. The City continues to provide exclusive trash service for residential and commercial customers, as well as curbside single-stream recycling and yard waste collection for residential customers. Additionally, cardboard and office paper recycling collection is offered to commercial customers. The Solid Waste Division operates recycling drop-off locations, a Household Hazardous Waste Facility, and a Compost Facility, and hosts several public events throughout the year, including: Lawrence’s Earth Day Celebration, Compost & Woodchip Sales, and Electronic Recycling Events.

The Solid Waste Division utilizes an Enterprise Fund account for its operations. The City’s solid waste services are financed and operated in a manner similar to private business enterprises. The intent of the governing body is that the costs of providing services (collection, disposal, recycling, and technical assistance) to the general public is financed or recovered primarily through user changes.

ETC Institute administered a survey to residents of the City of Lawrence during the spring of 2015. The purpose of the survey was to assess satisfaction with the quality of City services and to gather input about priorities for the community. The survey was mailed to a random sample of 2,500 households. The Solid Waste Division received a 93% satisfaction rating from the residents surveyed, who had an opinion.

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The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division is a proud member of the following organizations.

Organization Description
Kansas Organization of Recyclers (KOR) KOR is a non-profit, membership-based network of representatives from government, industry, non-profit and public entities and individuals that supports environmental stewardship through waste reduction, composting, reuse, recycling, and sustainable efforts in Kansas.
Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education (KACEE) KACEE is a non-profit organization accelerating environmental literacy and conservation in Kansas through non-biased, science-based environmental education. Since 1970, KACEE has provided professional development for more than 21,000 educators, impacting an estimated 350,000 Kansas students. KACEE also coordinates the Kansas Green School network, working with over 450 schools and 19 school districts from across the state in engaging students to lead the way in creating greener and healthier schools.
National Recycling Coalition (NRC) NRC is a non-profit organization that is focused on the promotion and enhancement of recycling in the United States. NRC partners with and facilitates activities between and among non-profit organizations (NGO’s), businesses, trade associations, individuals and government to maintain a prosperous and productive American recycling system that is committed to the conservation of natural resources.
National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) NWRA is an organization providing leadership, advocacy, research, education and safety expertise to promote the North American waste and recycling industries, serve as their voice and create a climate where members prosper and provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally sound services.
North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) NAHMMA is a non-profit, membership-based association of individuals, businesses, government officials, academia, and non-profit organizations dedicated to pollution prevention and reducing the hazardous components entering municipal waste streams from households, small businesses and other entities.
Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) PSI is a national, membership-based non-profit committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their lifecycle with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management.
Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) SWANA is a professional association with the mission of advancing the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America.
US Composting Council (USCC) USCC is a non-profit, membership-based organization that advances composting and promotes compost use to enhance soils and provide economic and environmental benefits for our members and society.