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City to start collecting yard waste on Monday, two weeks earlier than usual

A city truck picks up yard waste in south Lawrence in this file photo from May 18, 2009.

A city truck picks up yard waste in south Lawrence in this file photo from May 18, 2009.

February 19, 2016

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The City of Lawrence’s Solid Waste Division will begin yard waste collection two weeks earlier than planned this year, the city announced in a news release Friday.

Yard waste, which is composted at a city facility, will be collected separately from trash starting Monday.

Guidelines for yard waste collection are listed below:

• Set out yard waste by 6 a.m. on Mondays in cans, city trash carts (not recycling carts), yard waste carts or compostable paper bags.

• No container should weigh more than 65 pounds, unless it is a wheeled city cart. Yard waste should not extend more than 12 inches above the top of the container.

• Plastic bags may not be used for yard waste, which includes leaves, grass clippings, garden waste, brush and prunings from trees and shrubs.

• Bundles of tree and brush trimmings are accepted. Bundles must not exceed 5 feet in length or 18 inches in diameter and must not weigh more than 65 pounds. Bundles must be tied with a durable string or twine (not wire or duct tape).

Alternatives to setting out yard waste for curbside collection are mulch mowing and backyard composting. Backyard composting bins are $40 each (limit one per household) and are available for sale to Lawrence residents by calling (785) 832-3030.

Visit http://www.lawrenceks.org/swm for a complete list of yard waste collection guidelines.

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