Residential Single-Stream Curbside Recycling

The City’s Solid Waste Division provides a single-stream recycling collection service for single-family and multi-family customers. All residential customers have a 95-gallon blue recycling cart that is picked up every other week on the same day as trash collection. All accepted recyclable materials can be placed in the blue cart. Many items that are not permitted in the blue recyclable carts can still be recycled by different providers in the Lawrence area.

Customers should rinse all food residue off all recyclables before placing in their recyclable cart. Only dry paper should be placed in carts, and chipboard and cardboard boxes should be flattened.

Plastic bags (shopping bags, sandwich bags, cling wrap) of any kind are NOT accepted in the curbside recycling program. Plastic bags should never be placed in the blue recycling carts, or otherwise mixed with other recyclables. The commingled recyclables will be processed at a material recovery facility (MRF) which is unable to process plastic bags. Plastic bags often become entangled in sorting equipment, causing major equipment damage and downtime problems that add to the cost of the recycling program. Plastic bags may be recycled at most grocery stores in Lawrence. Plastic bag recycling bins are typically located near the store entrance.

Residents with special needs may request a smaller recycling cart (35 or 65-gallon). The City highly recommends that residents try the standard 95-gallon recycling cart before placing an exchange order due to the every-other-week collection schedule for recycling. The City will provide one cart size change per address (owner/occupant) per calendar year, free of charge. The City will charge a $20.00 service fee for any additional requests to change cart sizes. Residents may request additional 95-gallon recycling carts at no additional fee.

Commercial Customer Recycling

Cardboard & Office Paper Recycling

The City provides cardboard and office paper collection for small to medium-sized businesses and schools. Containers and services are provided free of charge. Please call 785-832-3030 for more information.

Commercial Recycling & Food Waste

Honey Creek Disposal offers single-stream recycling containers to service Lawrence businesses. For service details and to sign up, call 913-369-8999.

Cans for the Community is a non-profit organization which sets up aluminum can recycling bins and provides pickups from Lawrence businesses. Please email  or call 785-331-6599 for more information.

Food and compostable waste collection service to businesses is currently available in Lawrence through Missouri Organic. For more information and to sign up, call 816-888-7950.

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