Department of Public Works

Trash Info / Policies

The city contracts with Republic Services Inc. to provide trash collection and recycling. To contact Republic directly, call 317-917-7300.

Our trash vendor, Republic Services, has changed the heavy trash pick up week. Our customers’ heavy trash pick up is the third full week of the month.





For questions regarding trash service please contact Republic Services at 317-917-7300. Detailed recycling questions can be answered at




City of Lawrence

Automated trash & recycle collection procedures

Republic Services has been the City of Lawrence waste & recycle service provider since December 23, 2013.  We appreciate our partnership with the City and strive to make Lawrence a cleaner community than when we come each day.

In order to ensure proper pick-up, we do ask a few things from you… 

*All refuse must be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.

*ALL trash & recyclables must be placed in the carts provided by the City and/or Republic Services.  Included in your monthly fee is one trash cart and one recycling cart.

*If you have additional waste you must purchase an overage tag from the City and place it next to the cart. Only overage bags with tags from the City will be picked up (at an additional charge of $2 per tag).

*Should you find that you are consistently having more trash than what fits in the carts, please contact us.  We can arrange to deliver a third cart for only $1.25 per month. 

*Replacement carts will be made available with a one-time charge of $60 per cart.

*Please call Customer Service @ 317-917-7300 to report missed collection or to place an order for a cart. 

 What you may put out:

*We can pick up standard household garbage, including food waste and cloth, shrubbery cuttings and broken down boxes as long as it is contained within your specially designed cart.

 *If you have items that do not fit in your cart, please call us at least 48 hours prior to your pick up day so that we can make proper arrangements to get these items picked up for you.

 How to put it out:

*Make sure your trash is placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.

*Republic will empty the cart using trucks that are equipped with an articulating arm.  This arm will grasp and quickly empty the cart into the truck and then return the cart to its original position.  All of this is done without the operator ever having to leave the cab.  This operation is performed quicker and safer than traditional manual collection methods. 

 *Please make sure the cart has at least 4 feet of clearance from mailboxes, parked cars, etc. and that the handle is facing the residence. 

 *Also, please make sure your cart lid is closed – this will keep any trash from spilling out into the roadway while dumping.

 *If you recycle, please leave a 4ft clearance between the cart and recycling bin.

 Sorry, we can't take everything…

 For safety and health reasons, we cannot pick up the following items:

 *Demolition, construction, or discarded building materials, like drywall, roofing, brick, and wood

 *Electronics, such as televisions will not be collected

 *Trees, large tree limbs, or tree stumps longer than 4ft in length (only limbs cut shorter than 4ft and tied and bundled will be taken)

 *Brush and vegetation from building contractors, commercial tree trimmers, or lawn services

 *Sod, fill dirt, and trash from contractor clearing, and other materials that require special handling

 *Explosives, pathological and biological waste, radioactive material, ashes, and sand

 *Automotive parts like engines, rear ends, springs, fenders, and seats

 *Farm equipment, marine vessels, or any other major parts

 *Septic, human, and animal waste (minimal amounts, like diapers and kitty litter, are okay)

 As a reminder, City of Lawrence municipal code provides that containers may not be placed at the curb before 6:00 p.m. on the evening prior to your scheduled collection day, and containers must be removed from the curb no later than 6:00 p.m. on the day of collection. 

Heavy Trash Pick-Up

The current Heavy/Bulky item pick up program of one (1) item per month picked up on the third full week of the month will continue at no additional charge.

*Spring  Clean-up is collected on your normal heavy trash day during the month of May. Republic will take one (1) bulk item plus five (5) additional items at no extra charge during Spring Clean-up.

 *Additional Heavy/Bulky item pick up is available at an extra $10.00 fee per item to be paid by the resident. Please contact us at least 48 hours prior to your normal pick up day if you have a heavy or bulky item (i.e. household furniture, appliances, bicycles, etc.) for pick up. A Mattress and box spring is considered one item.

 *Prior arrangements are required.  

Refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items containing Freon require special handling and therefore we are unable to take them.  Please call us for suggestions on how to dispose of these items.

 Holiday Schedule

There is no trash collection in your area on the following holidays: Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th ,Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Trash collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week, following the holiday.

 Trash collection may also be delayed due to severe weather

 Christmas tree pick-up: Each household is allotted one (1) Christmas tree pick up for the season. (Cut in 4 foot sections)

 Yard Waste Collection

Lawn/Leaf bags:  all lawn waste must be in brown bags placed next to cart or inside of cart. Each resident in Lawrence will be allowed 10 bags per month for the months of April, May, June, October, November and December.  Each household may have up to sixty (60) bags of yard waste per year. For each household that exceeds sixty (60) bags of yard waste in a year, there shall be an additional fee of $2.00 per tag. Please see the option for an additional toter at your home for $1.25 per month.

Recycling Program in Lawrence, Helping Mother Earth

Recycling saves energy, reduces pollution, and preserves valuable natural resources...with very little effort on your part. Republic Services will also provide each residence with 1- 96 gallon recycle cart (yellow color lid). Residents may mix all recyclable materials into this one recycling cart, which will be picked up every other week on the same day as your trash pick up day. 

Acceptable recycling items include:

All #1 through #7 plastics bottles/jugs

All glass bottles/jars

Aluminum, Steel & Bi-metal cans

Newspapers, Magazines & Junk Mail


Please rinse all food/drink containers.

 **** All of the above materials can be mixed together and must fit into this one recycling cart. This makes it simple and easy for all residents to recycle.

 Should you have any questions, Republic's office is available to you Mon-Fri 7:00am-5:00pm.  You may reach us 317-917-7300 or any time at