Sound Off: I remember hearing that the city of Lawrence was considering starting a citywide curbside recycling program, but the state has a law that says the city has to wait to start such a service? Does the city have any idea when it could start a curbside recycling service?
The city is now estimating the soonest it could start a curbside recycling service is June 2014, according to a recent city report on the subject. A state law aimed at protecting the interest of private recycling companies requires an 18-month waiting period from the time the city approves a curbside recycling ordinance until the time the service can begin. Lawrence city commissioners have not yet given final approval to starting a curbside service. Instead, commissioners have said they want to receive bids from private recycling companies to determine how much it may cost the city to offer a citywide recycling program.