Planning underway for potential expansion of city recycling collection in Lawrence

At its work session Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission expressed interest in expanding the city’s single-stream recycling service to businesses.

As plans move forward, key factors in those discussions will be cost and logistics.

Kathy Richardson, solid waste manager for the city, said many businesses have expressed interest in such a program. However, she said staff has been letting those businesses know there would be additional charges for the service, as the city needs to recover collection costs.

“We’ve all been getting a lot of emails and definitely interest in the program,” Richardson told the commission. “I do think that some businesses are thinking the program is going to be provided at no additional cost, and we’ve been letting everybody know that there is a cost to collection.”

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