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Do city residents have to be a part of the trash pickup or can they opt out of it?

City code states that solid waste fees will be applied to every property receiving water or sewer service. If a property is not connected to the city’s water and sewer system, the property will not be charged for solid waste services, but all properties are required to pay a stormwater utility fee. Megan Gilliland, communications manager for the city, said Lawrence, like most communities, mandates trash collection services. Otherwise, some property owners would not properly dispose of their waste or would use improper waste disposal locations, such as throwing trash in ditches, she said.

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