Lawrence residents will find expanded opportunities for recycling used motor oil and composting lawn clippings.
Since April, the city's central maintenance garage has accepted motor oil from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays for collection and shipment for re-refining. This morning, recycling coordinator Patricia Marvin announced that the city is expanding the program by setting up motor oil collection carts in a pair of Lawrence parks for weekend drop offs.
"We've collected more than 700 gallons of oil since the day after Earth Day," Marvin said. "A lot of people have been using the motor oil drop-off, and opening the program up on Saturdays and Sundays should make it easier for people to participate."
MOTOR OIL now can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Rockledge Road parking lot at Centennial Park and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays at the west entrance of "Dad" Perry Park, 12th and Monterey Way.
Marvin issued a reminder that only motor oil that doesn't contain additives or solvents is accepted in the program, and drop-offs are limited to five gallons per person per visit. The drop-off sites will be supervised by a city attendant.
In conjunction with the motor oil collection sites, Marvin also announced that the city will begin accepting used automobile batteries from local residents.
"Too often these batteries end up in the trash and they're very recyclable," she said.
The city's Earthbound composting program likewise is undergoing a modest expansion with the addition of "Dad" Perry Park as a drop-off site for yard wastes, such as grass clippings and leaves.
IN JUNE, when Marvin unveiled the Earthbound program, the city established a drop-off site at Centennial Park on Saturdays for collection of yard wastes. Now in addition to Centennial Park, local residents can drop off their grass clippings and fallen leaves from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays at "Dad" Perry Park.
"We've collected about 14 to 16 cubic yards a week, and I think that's a moderate response," Marvin said. "We're just trying to expose more people to the idea of not bagging up those grass clippings and sending them to the landfill as trash."
With the addition of Perry Park as a drop-off site for the yard wastes, Marvin also announced a change in the collection times for the Saturday drop-offs at Centennial Park. The new hours of collection will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, instead of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grass clippings, leaves and other yard wastes collected in the Earthbound program are diverted from the landfill and turned into compost.