Kansas University, the city of Lawrence and a number of nonprofit organizations and private businesses offer recycling services. Here's a guide you can clip and save.
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``Practice sustainable living habits, reduce waste, recycle what's left, and reuse whenever possible. It's good for the environment,'' said Mollie Mangerich, operations supervisor for the city's division of waste reduction and recycling.
Lawrence boasts the highest recycling rate in Kansas, with 30 percent of all waste being diverted from the landfill.
On campus, KU officials are looking forward to their first full year of an expanded recycling program. Fifty new bins will be in place at strategic locations in campus buildings to hold discarded aluminum, plastic bottles, newspapers and two grades of office paper.
During the first six months of the year, KU's recycling contractor hauled off 73.8 tons of recyclables, including 60 tons of office paper and 38,985 plastic bottles. The total is nearly equal to last year's total haul, which didn't handle all of the same items.
Here's a rundown of recycling services in Lawrence:
- Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, 8 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month from April through October, 711 E. 23rd. Call 832-3030 for materials accepted.
- Used motor oil: city garage, 1141 Haskell Ave., 832-3020; Wal-Mart Auto Center, 3300 Iowa, 832-8655; Northside Truck Repair, 1245 N. Third, 843-7078; Jiffy Lube, 914 W. 23rd, 749-1599; O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1008 W. 23rd, 842-9800, and 906 N. Second, 832-0408; and Eastside Auto & Tire, 716 E. Ninth, 841-4550.
- Antifreeze drop-off: Jiffy Lube, 914 W. 23rd, 749-1599; Eastside Auto & Tire, 716 E. Ninth, 841-4550; and Wal-Mart Auto Center, 3300 Iowa, 832-8655.
- Lead acid battery drop-off: Lawrence Battery Co., 903 N. Second, 842-2922; Kaw Motors & Salvage Co., 1549 N. Third, 843-2533; Wal-Mart Auto Center, 3300 Iowa, 832-8655; and Lonnie's Recycling, 501 Maple, 841-4855.
- Metals buy-back: Kaw Motors & Salvage Co., 1549 N. Third, 843-2533; and Lonnie's Recycling, 501 Maple, 841-4855.
- Wal-Mart Community Recycling Center, 3300 Iowa. Outside, it accepts aluminum cans and foil; steel (``tin'') cans; corrugated cardboard; mixed paper; glass (clear, brown, amber, blue or green) containers; plastic containers (HDPE No. 2 and PET No. 1); white office paper; newspaper; catalogs and magazines; and six-pack plastic rings. Inside the store, the photo lab will take film canisters; the service desk will take Ni-Cad batteries; checkers will take six-pack plastic rings and plastic Wal-Mart bags; the jewelry counter will take button batteries and the auto center will take tires, for 50 cents each.
- Dillons, 1740 Mass., 3000 W. Sixth and 1015 W. 23rd. Pays for aluminum cans, gives credit for reuse of paper and plastic shopping bags and accepts plastic grocery sacks and three types of plastic containers: HDPE No. 2, PET No. 1 and PS No. 6.
- Newspaper drop-off sites. Boxes are marked for ``Newspaper Recycling,'' which means no plastic bags. Locations: Alvin's IGA, Ninth and Iowa streets; Wal-Mart Community Recycling Center, 3300 Iowa; Hobby Lobby, Sixth Street and Kasold Drive; Lonnie's Recycling, 501 Maple; and Checkers, 2300 La.
- Cardboard buy-back: Lawrence Paper Co., 2801 Lakeview, 865-4543.
- Computers: Computer Renaissance, 1525 W. Sixth, 843-9922.
- Clothing and furniture: Salvation Army Thrift Store, 1818 Mass., 749-4208; Penn House, 1035 Pa., 842-0440; Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store, 1601 W. 23rd, 749-4900; Plymouth Thrift Shop, 945 Vt., 842-1408; Social Service League Store, 905 R.I., 843-5414; St. John's Rummage House, 1246 Ky., 843-0109.
- Polystyrene peanuts: Express Pack & Mail, 838 Mass., 842-3413; Redfield's Stained Glass Studio, 13 E. Seventh, 843-4039; The Mail Box, 3115 W. Sixth, 749-4304; Mail Boxes Etc., 3514 Clinton Pkwy., 865-0004; Package USA, 811 E. 23rd, 843-6245.
- Eco-Services, P.O. Box 625, 841-1615.
City of Lawrence services
- Special pickups for bulky items, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and couches. This service by appointment only.
- Special pickups for automobile tires limited to five tires per household per year. This service by appointment only.
- Grass clipping and leaves collected at curbside -- or wherever residential trash normally is collected -- each Monday, March through November.
- Woody debris may be dropped off each Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 11th Street and Haskell Avenue.
For more information about city services, call 832-3022.
-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.