Did You Know?

Did you know yard waste accounts for 13.5% (or 34 million tons) of the 254 million tons of trash Americans generate each year? (Source: EPA).  That’s over 200 pounds per person, per year!

You can help by:

Mulch Mowing: One way you can reduce the amount of yard waste you create is by leaving your grass clippings on your yard when you mow, also known as mulch mowing. Most grasses are healthiest when cut to two or three inches high. When you mow, set your blades to this height and leave grass clippings on your lawn to keep soil moist and healthy from the nutrients as they decompose. Taller grasses also help control weeds and filter storm water drainage.

Backyard Composting: Many yard trimmings can be composted in your yard at home. Backyard composting bins are available for sale to Lawrence residents and City employees for $40.  Call (785) 832-3030 to reserve yours.

City Composting: If you still have excess material after mulch mowing and backyard composting, the City collects yard trimmings, grass clippings, leaves, and brush curbside on Mondays. This material is not sent to the landfill, but transported directly to the City’s Compost Facility. Place material in a yard waste cart, brown paper bag, or bundles. For easier collection, 95-gallon wheeled yard waste carts are available for purchase from the City. Order yours online today!  Yard waste can also be dropped off at the City’s Compost Facility on Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, March through December, $5 per truckload (cash only). The facility is located at 1420 E. 11th Street.
For more information on reducing your yard waste, visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org.


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Spring Compost & Woodchip Sale Event


This spring the Solid Waste Division will hold the following Compost and Woodchip Sale Event at the City’s Composting Facility located at 1420 E. 11th Street which is east of 11th and Haskell Avenue, over the railroad tracks. The sale event will be held rain or shine.

Compost and Woodchip Sale Event – Thursday through Saturday, March 23, 24, and 25 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • The City will load trucks and trailers. The City cannot load trucks with ladder racks.
  • $10 per bucket load, equivalent to two cubic yards. CASH only.
  • Self-loading small quantities (small bag, plastic tote, box) free.
  • 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.

SELF-LOAD Compost and Woodchip Sale on Saturdays – Beginning in March, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • SELF-LOAD only. Please bring a shovel.
  • $10 per truck or trailer load; small quantities (small bag, plastic tote, box)  free. CASH only.
  • Bring a tarp to secure woodchips in trucks and trailers to prevent littering the roadway.

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.