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Public Works offers guidelines for what to do with storm debris

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 11:24am

Douglas County has opened two woody debris disposal sites for those who are clearing tree and brush storm debris. These sites will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, June 9, to residents and contractors helping residents. The sites are located:

  • Southeast corner of 31st Street and Haskell Avenue in Lawrence.
  • Northeast corner of N1250 Road/E1600 Road (O'Connell Road).

Only woody debris (trees and brush) will be accepted at these sites. For all other storm debris, follow these guidelines:

  • Construction and demolition debris: Building materials, carpet, drywall and lumber should be kept separate from other types of disaster debris. Place on road right-of-way without blocking roadway. Crews will be collecting this material during the next few weeks.
  • Vegetative/tree debris: Tree branches, tree trunks and brush should be kept separate from other types of disaster debris. Cut tree debris into maximum 8 foot lengths and place on road right-of-way without blocking roadway. Crews will be collecting this material during the next few weeks.
  • White goods: Household appliances including refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners will be picked up on two collection dates. Make sure refrigerators and freezers are completely empty; they will not be picked up with food. Remove doors or securely tape the doors shut. Place on road right-of-way without blocking roadway. The pickup schedule will be Thursday, June 6, and Monday, June 10. White goods need to be set out by 6 a.m. on collection day.
  • Tires: Up to four tires per household will be picked up on the same collection days as white goods, June 6 and June 10. Keep tires separate from other types of disaster debris. Place on road right-of-way without blocking roadway by 6 a.m. on collection day.
  • Household hazardous waste (HHW): Residential paint, solvents, pesticides and aerosol cans will not be picked up with disaster debris. Drop off these materials at the City of Lawrence/Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 2201 Kresge Road in Lawrence during facility open hours: Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A list of accepted HHW items is listed online at https://lawrenceks.org/swm/hhw.
  • Electronics: Televisions, computers and phones will not be picked up with disaster debris. Electronics can be disposed of through regular household garbage collection or dropped off for recycling. To search recycling opportunities in Lawrence, visit https://lawrenceks.org/swm/recyclable-materials-directory.
  • Household garbage: Household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with disaster debris. Continue to follow your normal garbage removal schedule.

 

 

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