Department of Public Works

Collection Procedures

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 of Lawrence Department of Public Works 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. 


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