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The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division offers outreach and education opportunities to all groups, and can do onsite presentations as well as tours of the Composting Facility or Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Each presentation and activity is tailored to meet the groups’ needs and interests. Outreach hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information or to set up an outreach, fill out the outreach request form, call 832-3032, or email recycling@lawrenceks.org.

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Outreach & Presentations

Our staff is available to give presentations at your school or meeting. We can present on recycling, hazardous waste, composting/vermicomposting, and other solid waste topics. Additionally, we are available to table at your public event.

*Schools – Presentations meet NGSS DCI: ESS3.A , ESS3.C , PS1.B , PS3.D

Facility Tours

The following sites are available for tours: Composting Facility and the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

May 6th:  The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division will host a tour of the Compost Facility from noon to 1:00 p.m.  The Compost Facility is located at 1420 E 11th St, east of  Haskell Ave, across the railroad tracks. Come learn how the City processes your yard waste into compost and woodchips. The tour will include machinery demonstrations, and will take place rain or shine. This tour is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, complete the online tour registration form.


Demonstration Areas

At the City’s Recycling Facility, the following demonstration areas are available for viewing: vermicomposting bin and a variety of outdoor composting bins. Presentations and workshops may be given at this facility.


Workshops & Classes

Compost 101

May 10th: The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division will host a 1-hour educational class on composting from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Solid Waste Annex North facility  located at 320 NE Industrial Lane. The goal of this class is to provide attendees with enough basic knowledge on composting to begin a project on their own. It will cover both backyard composting and vermicomposting (with worms). The class is free and open to the public, but there is limited space available. To enroll, complete the online class registration form.

Composting at home is the best way to recycle residential organic waste into an ideal material for improving lawn and garden soils.  Compost adds essential nutrients and organic matter to the soil, while also building soil structure by loosening the soil for better root penetration and improving the soil’s capacity to hold water.

Our division hosts several Composting classes per year. To be notified, sign up for ‘Trash & Recycling’ e-news at this link: https://lawrenceks.org/subscriptions/.