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Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous waste may pose a threat to sanitation workers or public health and the environment when improperly handled or disposed. The City of Lawrence and Douglas County offer options for conveniently and safely managing hazardous waste. Visit to schedule an appointment to drop off Household Hazardous Waste or call 785-832-3036

The City of Lawrence/Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts hazardous waste from Douglas County households throughout the year for free. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility operates on a by-appointment-only basis for Douglas County residents. Make an appointment here

The facility also houses a Product Reuse Store, which allows Douglas County residents to pick up recycled products that are in good, usable condition on a by-appointment-only basis.

Prior to signing up for an appointment, customers must read and understand the Household Hazardous Waste Guidelines and Accepted/Not Accepted Materials listed here.

Materials accepted at the HHW Facility include unwanted paint (empty/dry paint cans can be disposed of in trash), pesticides, cleaners, old mercury thermometers, batteries and light bulbs (non-mercury light bulbs can be disposed of in trash).

Qualifying Douglas County businesses may use the City of Lawrence/Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Facility for disposal on an appointment-only basis. There is a fee for this service based on the materials and disposal amounts. For more information or to schedule a business appointment call 785-832-3036.

Unused pharmaceuticals are a common sight in medicine cabinets. These drugs create potential for abuse and may cause environmental and health concerns when disposed of improperly. Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation's waterbodies. Further research suggests that certain drugs may cause ecological harm.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Safe Disposal of Medication Program
Accepts all prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal remedies, supplements, veterinary drugs, and liquid medication in leak-proof containers. Secure drop-off box located in the west entrance lobby of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center at 111 East 11th Street open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except holidays. Contact: Sheriff's Office at 785-841-0007 for more information.