Collection and Recycling of Old Trash Cans/Carts – Friday, April 28th

On Friday, April 28th, the City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division 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.

Did You Know?

Did you know that 60% of U.S. households now have access to carton recycling (Carton Council)? Lawrence is proud to be among the communities supporting the recycling of cartons!

Formed in 2009, the Carton Council is an industry organization committed to growing carton recycling in the U.S. Tetra Pak, the popular carton brand name, is among the founders of the Carton Council – along with other leading carton manufacturers. Cartons are a sustainable and reusable packaging option when kept out of the landfill and recycled.

Food and beverage cartons are made mainly from paper, and are a lightweight food packaging option. Because of this, cartons have a low carbon footprint as well as a low package-to-product ratio at 94% product and just 6% packaging.

There are two types of cartons: shelf-stable and refrigerated. Shelf-stable cartons are comprised of 74% paper and 22% plastic. Refrigerated cartons contain 80% paper and 20% plastic.  Milk, juice, soup, and beans are among the most common items packaged in cartons at this time. To learn more about the recycling process for cartons, click here!

Cartons are recyclable in the City of Lawrence single-stream recycling program! Give them a quick rinse, remove the cap, and toss cartons in your recycling at home, work, or downtown on Mass. Street! If you are a Douglas County resident, cartons can be recycled in the drop-off program. For those who live outside of Lawrence/Douglas County, please click here to find out if cartons are accepted in your recycling program!

Have a recycling question? Contact the Recycling staff at 832-3030 or!


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