Hazardous Waste Disposal
Hazardous Waste Facility
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, mercury thermometers and light bulbs (non-mercury and LED bulbs can be disposed of in the trash), and household batteries.
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
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Safe Disposal Program accepts all prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal remedies, supplements, veterinary drugs, and liquid medication in leak-proof containers. Residents can bring items to a secure drop-off box located in the west entrance lobby of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center at 111 East 11th Street in Lawrence, open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except holidays. Contact the Sheriff's Office at 785-841-0007 for more information.