Did You Know?

Have you started thinking about spring cleaning? Did you know that 20 pounds of household hazardous waste is generated in the average home each year? Do not throw away or pour chemicals down the drain. This could cause physical injury to sanitation workers or pollution of wastewater and groundwater. Keep these hazardous chemicals out of the home and environment by disposing of them responsibly, conveniently, and safely.

Call the City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division at (785) 832-3032 to schedule an appointment to drop off material at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. This facility is open year-round and serves all Douglas County residents.

Accepted items: Latex Paint, Oil Based Paint, Stains, Paint Thinner, Motor Oil, Antifreeze, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Batteries, Cleaners, Fertilizer, Pesticides, Aerosol Spray Cans, Pool Chemicals, Cooking Oil, Ink Cartridges, Gasoline, Mercury Thermometers, and many more.

Products that are new or in good, useable condition are placed in the facility’s Reuse Store and are available to Douglas County residents free of charge. Great for weekend projects or to help with spring cleaning! Appointments are also made by calling (785) 832-3032.

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Compost Facility Saturday Services & Spring Sale Event

In 2018, the City’s Compost Facility located at 1420 E. 11th Street, which is east of 11th and Haskell Avenue over the railroad tracks, will be open to the public on Saturdays, starting March 3rd (weather permitting) through mid-December, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the following:

  • Residents may drop off brush and other yard waste which includes leaves, grass clippings, garden waste, and prunings from trees and shrubs. Cost: $5 per pickup truck load (more for larger trucks).
  • Residents may purchase compost or woodchips. Self-load, bring a shovel. Cost: $10 per pickup truck load (more for larger trucks). Self-loading small quantities like a small bag or a plastic tote is free. Starting in April through October, on the first Saturday of the month, there will be a City operator onsite to load compost and woodchips into trucks and trailers. Cost: $10 per pickup truck load (more for larger trucks).

The City will also host a Spring Compost and Woodchip Sale Event Thursday through Saturday, March 22, 23, 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Compost Facility. The City will load trucks and trailers. $10 per bucket load which is equivalent to two cubic yards. The Sale Event will be held rain or shine.

It is CASH ONLY for all transactions at the Compost Facility. Bring a tarp to secure woodchips in trucks and trailers to prevent littering the roadway. Compost and woodchips are not intended for commercial applications, but rather for the citizens of Lawrence.

The City’s compost is made from the weekly curbside collection of residential yard waste, which includes grass, leaves, garden pruning, and small woody waste. Due to the length of the composting process and the biological changes that occur, 99 percent of all chemicals have dissipated prior to public distribution. City staff tests the compost for levels of ammonia and carbon dioxide; tests are also completed for pH and salinity.

Compost is a fertilizer, and is meant to be mixed into the soil. For food gardens, it is recommended to add up to 1-1/2 inches of compost to every six inches depth of tilled soil. Do not plant in 100 percent compost.

Woodchips are used to cover the soil. Woodchips help conserve water by reducing moisture evaporation from the soil. The woodchips the City sells are made from brush and tree debris dropped off from residential and commercial sources.