Did You Know?

Did you know that fall is a great time to add both compost and woodchips to your garden?

As your garden season winds down, take the time to work some compost into your soil. Adding it now helps ensure healthy spring soil that’s ready for planting. Compost not only reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, but also helps to retain moisture, suppresses plant diseases and pests, and encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi.

If you have plants that overwinter, mulch is a great way to protect them from freezing temperatures and harsh winds. A layer of woodchips helps to regulate soil temperature, and minimize soil erosion during winter rains or early spring thaws.

According to the EPA, 30% of the material that goes to landfills is food and yard waste. This means that each of us is producing plenty of waste each year that could be turned into compost, and it can be done right in our own backyards! For more information on backyard composting, visit our website.

Don’t have a backyard compost bin, or just need some extra material? We’ve got you covered! The City’s Compost Facility is open each Saturday until mid-December and sells both compost and woodchips to those wanting to use them on their lawns and gardens.

City of Lawrence Compost Facility

Hours: Saturdays ONLY, 9:00am – 3:00pm through mid-December

Address: 1420 E 11th St add extra description… east of 11th and Haskell Avenue, across the railroad tracks

Self-Load: Available during all open hours – bring a shovel

         Cost: $10 per truck load – CASH ONLY

City-Load events: October 6th – Last one of the year!

         Cost: $10 per scoop – CASH ONLY

Bring a tarp to secure material.

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Recycle your electronics on October 6th!

The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division will host the Fall Electronic Recycling Event on Saturday, October 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the KU Park & Ride east parking lot, accessible from Clinton Parkway and Crestline Drive. Electronic recycling will be provided by Teknix Solutions.

Electronic equipment may contain hazardous components such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Recycling your unwanted electronic equipment keeps these hazardous components out of the landfill.

Items accepted for recycling include televisions*, video and audio equipment, computers, monitors*, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, household batteries, microwaves and other small appliances, cell phones and other hand held devices, power cables & string lights, VHS & cassette tapes, CDs & DVDs, and vinyl records.

*There is a $20 recycling fee per CRT television & computer monitor 19” and under, and $40 per CRT television & computer monitor 20” and over. There is no recycling fee for other electronic equipment. CASH ONLY.

Items not accepted at this event include large appliances & Freon containing items such as refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and household hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides, compressed gas cylinders, smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, and fluorescent light bulbs. For information on how to dispose of large appliances and household hazardous waste, visit LawrenceRecycles.org.

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event page. Questions? Call 832-3032 or email recycling@lawrenceks.org.