Did You Know?

Did you know that Americans throw away, on average, 4.4 pounds of waste per day? That number only goes up when someone is gearing up for a move. With move out season upon us once again in Lawrence, give yourself enough time to sort through your things before you move. This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed and allow you to find the best reuse, recycling and safe disposal options for items you no longer wish to keep.

When moving, the first step is to plan ahead – sort your items into “Keep” and “Get rid of it” piles and take these waste reduction methods into consideration:

REDUCE the amount of waste generated by using reusable or recyclable padding like towels, cloth napkins or newspaper to pack your boxes instead of purchasing Styrofoam peanuts or plastic wrap. Stop by your nearest grocery, office, or book store to take advantage of free cardboard boxes for reuse.

DONATE gently used clothing and household goods to local charities, hold a moving sale, or post to online Buy, Sell, Trade groups. Donate non-perishable food to local food banks, pantries and shelters.

RECYCLE obsolete electronic equipment, cardboard boxes, newspapers, plastic bags and all other recyclable materials. Search the Recyclable Materials Directory for local options.

PROPERLY DISPOSE of paint, automotive products, household cleaners, pesticides and other potentially hazardous chemicals at the City of Lawrence/Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Call (785) 832-3030 to schedule a drop-off appointment.

SCHEDULE A PICK-UP for bulky items no longer usable, such as couches, appliances and automobile tires, by submitting an online request form or calling (785) 832-3032.

WHAT ABOUT MY CARTS? Please do not take the city trash and recycling carts with you when you move. Carts belong to the address delivered. Brown yard waste carts can be moved to your new home or left for the next resident.

** Want to read more tips? View previous Did You Know articles here! **


Recycle your electronics on May 20th!

The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division will host the Spring Electronic Recycling Event on Saturday, May 20th 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 The Surplus Exchange.

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. The Solid Waste Division has been hosting these public events since 2008, and we are hoping to recycle our 1 millionth pound of electronic material at this event – so be sure to mark your calendars!

Items accepted for recycling include televisions, video and audio equipment, computers, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, microwaves and other small appliances, cell phones and other hand held devices. There is a $20 recycling fee per CRT television and computer monitor (all sizes – includes rear projection and consoles). There is no recycling fee for other electronic equipment. Fees may be paid by cash or check.

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

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event page. Questions? Call 832-3030 or email recycling@lawrenceks.org.