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.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
The City of Lawrence/Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste program is open for Douglas County residents to drop-off household hazardous waste, or visit the product reuse area. The facility is located at 2201 Kresge Road in Lawrence, and is open Tuesday through Thursday, by appointment only. The facility will be closed on City observed holidays. Materials accepted include unwanted paint, pesticides, cleaners, old mercury thermometers, and batteries. There is no fee to Douglas County households.
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 through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except holidays.