The City of Lawrence operates a Compost Facility that is available to Lawrence residents to drop off yard waste and pick up compost and woodchips.

Location & Hours

Location: 1420 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044
Hours: Saturdays, March through mid-December / 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

COVID-19 Procedures

  • Face masks are required at all times while inside the facility.
  • Customers must maintain six feet of social distance with staff and other customers.
  • Staff reserves the right to limit the number of customers inside the facility to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Customers should follow the CDC’s recommendations for Protecting Yourself & Others.

Compost Facility Guidelines

  • Customers must bring their own tools (e.g., shovels, pitchforks) to load and unload.
  • Personal motorized loading equipment (e.g., skid steer) is not allowed.
  • Gates to the facility will close promptly at 2 p.m. All customers must be out of the facility by closing time.
  • Do NOT stop on the railroad tracks while waiting to enter the facility.
  • All transactions are CASH ONLY. Please bring exact change.
  • Absolutely no bills larger than $20 will be accepted.

Yard Waste Drop-Off

City of Lawrence residents are able to drop off yard waste at the Compost Facility during operating hours. Tree trunks and large limbs must not be longer than four feet, and no more than eight inches in diameter. All materials must be loose; no plastic bags or bundles/ties allowed.

Drop-offs start at $5 for small loads. Larger loads may cost more.

Materials Not Accepted

  • Lumber
  • Pallets
  • Sod
  • Stones
  • Rope
  • Fill Dirt
  • Food Waste
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Tree Root Balls

Compost & Woodchips Pick Up

The City offers compost and woodchips to Lawrence residents at the Compost Facility. Compost and woodchips are not intended for commercial applications.

Self-loaded compost and woodchips cost $10 per truckload. Small quantities of less than or equal to four five-gallon buckets are free.

2021 Compost & Woodchip City-Load Events

The City offers City-load days at the Compost Facility once a month during peak season to allow customers to have compost and/or mulch loaded into their trucks or trailers by City staff using loading equipment. All Compost Facility Guidelines are still in effect during City-load events.

Cost: $10 per scoop from the city’s loading equipment. Once scoop typically fills a pickup truck bed.

2021 City-Load Dates
Friday, March 19 & Saturday, March 20 (Spring kick-off sale event)
Saturday, April 3
Saturday, May 1
Saturday, June 5
Saturday, July 3
Saturday, August 7
Saturday, September 4
Saturday, October 2

Other Information

What is Compost?

Compost consists of decayed organic matter and has been proven to be extremely successful as a natural soil amendment. Lawrence Community Compost is made from the yard trimmings and small woody debris collected curbside on Monday mornings, as well as grass clippings, leaves, and woody debris from some commercial lawn care providers.

What is Mulch?

Mulch is a material used to cover the soil. Most mulches are organic (woodchips, unfinished compost, straw) but inorganics such as lava rock or limestone can add an appealing, low maintenance touch. Good mulch conserves water by reducing moisture evaporation from the soil. The woodchips the City sells are made from tree materials brought in from residential and commercial sources. Note: Woodchips may contain Emerald Ash Borer. Transportation within counties quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer is okay. Do not transport woodchips outside of the listed quarantined counties: Atchison, Doniphan, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Shawnee, and Wyandotte.

Compost Analysis Report – March 2019

Previous Event Reports


Phone: 785-832-3026