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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.

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Clara Westphal 1 year, 6 months ago

Just put in a bin for recycled plastic where the other bins are and I am set. There are places in town where there are bins for cans, paper, mixed paper, cardboard, glass, clothes and shoes. I use the one at 6th St. HyVee.

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classclown 1 year, 6 months ago

keifferam

How could Lawrence not already have city-wide curbside recycling? What are city leaders' excuses for no curbside recycling? Surely they'd have the funds necessary for it.

September 30, 2012 at 7:45 p.m

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You're not from around here are you?

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Alex Keiffer 1 year, 6 months ago

How could Lawrence not already have city-wide curbside recycling? What are city leaders' excuses for no curbside recycling? Surely they'd have the funds necessary for it.

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skinny 1 year, 6 months ago

TheAustrian, The last time I checked this was a free country and if I don't want to recycle I don't have too!!!

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del888 1 year, 6 months ago

Deffenbaugh provides curb-side recycling in Lawrence. They even give you the container free and you don't have to seperate anything. The cost is somewhere around $17.50 every 3 months. (or about $5.80 per month) They bill you every 3 months. They pick it up on your normal trash day.

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TheAustrian 1 year, 6 months ago

blondejuan & skinny The problem is that in 2007 (last numbers I found) only 35 % of all recyclables are being recycled by the population of Lawrence. That means that 65 % of materials that should be recycled is ending up in the landfill. This coasts the city (and its citizens) an incredible amount of money. In addition it is wasting landfill space. Believe it or not, landfill space is not unlimited and building a new landfill will be very expensive (the citizens of Lawrence will pay for this in higher trash fees) and it will be incredible unpopular with most citizens to waste precious land to dump trash in.

If you have a better idea on how to get the citizens of Lawrence to recycle more, than lets hear it.

From Utah.edu

• Of the garbage Americans throw out, half could be recycled, which is enough to fill a football stadium from top to bottom everyday.

• Of these recyclables, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial air fleet every three months, enough steel to reconstruct Manhattan, and enough wood to heat 5 million homes for 200 years.

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skinny 1 year, 6 months ago

I agree with blondejuan. This service is already provided!

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blondejuan 1 year, 6 months ago

Why do we need this? It's free at Walmart. Plus there are several entrepreneurial businesses that do it already.

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