City of Lawrence closes compost facility, postpones all sales and brush drop-off

photo by: Richard Gwin/Journal-World File Photo

In this file photo from March 2012, a Lawrence resident manually loads his truck at the city’s compost facility, 1420 E. 11th St.

The City of Lawrence has closed its compost facility and postponed all upcoming sales and other events.

The city said in a news release Thursday that it closed the facility in an ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of city employees and the Lawrence community. The facility will be closed to the public effective immediately, including postponing previously scheduled compost and woodchip sales.

The city said the compost and woodchip sale events originally scheduled for March 27-28 and April 3-4 will no longer occur on those dates, but it is anticipated they will be rescheduled for later in the year. The facility’s weekly Saturday activities, including brush and yard waste drop-off as well as compost and woodchip purchases, will be canceled until further notice. Information on when the facility will reopen to the public and new dates for sales will be announced in a news release.

For more information, residents may contact Municipal Services & Operations Solid Waste customer service at or 785-832-3032.

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If patients do not have health care providers, they may call the Lawrence Douglas-County health department’s coronavirus line, 785-856-4343.

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