City Garage, Trash Collection and Recycling Service

The City of Lawrenceburg offers free trash & recycling collection services for its residents. Effective September 6th 2022, the City of Lawrenceburg will implement a once-a-week collection schedule for both trash and recycling that is cost effective with operational efficiencies and minimal disruption, which will continue to be a free service to city residents.

Contact & Hours

General Foreman: Brad Massey, Email
Phone: 812-537-7138
Address: 602 W Center Street Lawrenceburg, IN  47025
Hours: Monday – Friday (Excluding Holidays) 7:30a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Trash & Recycling Collection Schedule
Effective September 6, 2022

  • Route A – Tuesday
  • Route B – Wednesday
  • Recycling Can Pickup – Thursday
    (Recycling collection on Thursdays will only be for 95 gallon recycling cans)
  • No Trash or Recycling Pickups on Holidays

Import Reminder

Effective September 6th, 2022 – Trash Collection Service no longer offered twice a week. Residents can begin using the new 95 gallon recycling cans.

Community Message from Mayor Kelly Mollaun:
We’re on a Roll! Meet Your New Recycling Can!

Starting September 6th, 2022, you can participate in the Lawrenceburg Recycling Program. The City of Lawrenceburg has a longstanding dedication to advancing recycling in the community and we’re excited to now expand recycling opportunities for our residents. 

The Lawrenceburg Recycling Program is sponsored by the City of Lawrenceburg with funding in part from The Recycling Partnership. The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit organization utilizing public-private partnerships to transform recycling across America, selected our community to receive grant support towards recycling cans, education and community outreach. The City of Lawrenceburg and The Recycling Partnership are proudly committed to ensure that fundamental recycling options are available to create a healthy environment and economy.

All City of Lawrenceburg residential households with less than 6 units will receive a FREE 95-gallon recycling can. These cans replace the 18-gallon recycling totes used previously. No more sorting, bending, or lifting – your new 95-gallon green recycling can will have two wheels for easy maneuvering and a lid to keep things tidy. The extra space will make recycling easier and provide more room for storage. Everyone wins when recycling with cans.

Apartment/Condo residents may also participate with Recycling Drop Off Location available 24/7 at the Lawrenceburg Fire Department on Bielby Rd. (Effective Sept. 6th, 2022). The Civil City Garage will not be collecting recycling bagged items.  Curbside recycling collection on Thursday’s will only be for 95-gallon recycling cans. 

Why is the City of Lawrenceburg Changing Our Trash & Recycling Schedule?

The City of Lawrenceburg is committed to providing quality of life and going green initiatives for our city residents with the new Lawrenceburg Recycling Program launch in 2022.  The change to recycling with cans and the new trash and recycling schedule in September is happening for a variety of reasons.

  • Recycling collection with 95-gallon cans is easy and will help our residents reduce trash collected in garbage cans so you’ll be able to “Can it for a Greener Planet!”
  • Our new recycling cans will make it easier to recycle by providing more collection capacity at the home and are designed to easily roll to the street or road.
  • The new 95-gallon recycling cans with attached lid will keep materials dry and prevents items from blowing out on windy days. This will lead to less overflowing garbage cans and less trash collected overall which in turn helps control trash/recycling collection costs and ensure operational efficiencies. 

The City of Lawrenceburg provides trash and recycling collection services FREE to city residents within city limits.  The new once a week trash & recycling collection schedule effective September 6th 2022 is a win-win for our residents.

Community Clean-Up

April is community cleanup month. Please contact the City Garage for more details.  

  • Residential use only. Dumpsters shall not be used for commercial property or rental property
  • 3-yard or 6-yard dumpsters are available.
  • 3-day rentals do not include holidays
  • Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis
  • Only residents living within the Lawrenceburg City limits are eligible for this program

Staff

FAQs: Residential Recycling Cans & Trash Collection

IS MY TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION DAY CHANGING?
Yes. EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 6 TH , 2022, CITYWIDE TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTION SERVICES WILL OCCUR ONCE A WEEK. Check your trash and recycling collection schedule here or by calling the Lawrenceburg City Garage at 812-537-7138 for assistance.

TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION TIMELINE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 6TH 2022
ROUTE A – TUESDAY
If your garbage was collected on Monday & Thursday, the new trash collection date will be Tuesday.
ROUTE B – WEDNESDAY
If your garbage was collected on Tuesday and Friday, the new trash collection date will be Wednesday.
RECYCLING CAN PICKUP -THURSDAY
NO TRASH OR RECYCLING PICKUPS ON HOLIDAYS

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CITY’S CURBSIDE RECYCLING PROGRAM?
Currently, only City of Lawrenceburg residential solid waste customers (those that receive garbage collection services provided by the City) are eligible to receive curbside recycling services. Households that are 6 units or less may receive a free 95-gallon recycling can per unit.

WHAT IF I LIVE IN AN LARGE APARTMENT COMPLEX, AM I STILL ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN RECYCLING?
Yes. All Lawrenceburg city residents living in apartment dwellings over 6 units without recycling cans may receive a FREE 16 X 20 large recycling tote bag to collect and deliver recycled material to participating recycling locations. Extra City of Lawrenceburg recycling bags are available for purchase at $5.00 per bag payable to the City of Lawrenceburg at the Clerk
Treasurer’s Office. Contact the contact the Lawrenceburg Civil City Garage at 812-537-7138 for ordering.

RECYCLING 24/7 DROP OFF LOCATIONS include:
• Lawrenceburg Fire Department on Bielby Rd.
Visit www.dearborncountyrecycles.com for additional locations.

MEET YOUR NEW RECYCLING CANS!
No more sorting, bending, or lifting – your new 95-gallon green recycling cans will have two wheels for easy maneuvering and a lid to keep things tidy. The extra space will make recycling easier and provide more room for storage – a true win- win – for you.

WHEN WILL MY NEW RECYCLING CAN BE DELIVERED?
The Lawrenceburg Civil Garage will begin delivery of the new green recycling cans to residential homes starting August 25th , 2022. All residents should have their new can by September 2nd , 2022.

DO I HAVE TO PUT MY RECYCLING IN THE NEW CAN?
Yes. Effective September 6th , all recycling must be placed in the 95-gallon green recycling can. The new recycling can will replace the old 18-gallon smaller bins which will no longer be collected after Sept. 6th , 2022. Recycling should be placed loose in the can, not in plastic bags. Garbage should still be stored in garbage bags and then placed in your blue garbage can for disposal. Garbage placed in the green recycling can will not be picked up.

HOW DO I SET OUT MY RECYCLING OR TRASH CAN PROPERLY ON COLLECTION DAY?
Place your recycling or trash can on the curb after 8 p.m. the night before your collection day or no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day. Place the can in the roadway within 4 feet of the curb and other cans and objects, with the handle facing the house. If you place your garbage can in an alleyway for pickup, then place your recycling can in the same spot for pickup. Make sure the can is accessible to our crews. Do not place cans underneath short trees or behind mailboxes, lamp posts or parked cars. Improperly placed cans will not be collected.

WHERE DO I STORE MY RECYCLING AND GARBAGE CANS?
Please store your cans behind or beside your home, on or under a back porch, or inside your garage. Do not store them on the sidewalk in front of your home or at the curb.

WHAT MATERIALS CAN I PUT IN THE RECYCLING CAN?
Your new green can comes with information about what can be recycled. Here is what we collect in the recycling cans:

  • Plastic Bottles & Containers
  • Plastic Cups with Lids Attached
  • Aluminum, Steel & Aerosol Cans
  • Canons
  • Glass Bottles & Jars with Lids Attached
  • Cardboard (flatten) including Pizza Boxes with No Food Attached
  • Newspaper, Junk Mail, Mixed Paper – All Colors & Types
  • Shredded Paper in Clear Bags Only

All containers should be empty and dry. Replace caps on empty containers. DO NOT place recyclables in plastic bags or put bags-of-bags in your green recycling can.

CAN I RECYCLE GLASS IN MY CAN?
Yes, you can recycle glass bottles and jars in your recycling can.

WHAT MATERIALS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE RECYCLING CAN?

  • No Bagged Recyclables
  • No Plastic Bags or Plastic Wrap
  • No Hoses, Cords, Leashes or Wires
  • No Styrofoam or Clamshell Containers
  • No Scrap Metal
  • No Batteries
  • No Ceramics
  • No Prescription Bottles or Lids

Questions? Please check this page for more information or call the Lawrenceburg City Garage
at 812-537-7138 for assistance.

IS THE CITY REALLY RECYCLING WHAT I PUT IN THE CAN?
Yes! We bring everything collected on recycling day to the Cincinnati Material Recovery Facility, where it is processed and sent to processors to make new products like cardboard boxes and safe packaging for food and medical supplies. We do use the same trucks for garbage and recycling, but not on the same days – we dedicate the trucks to trash collection on Tuesday and Wednesday with recycling collection only on Thursday. We do not mix the garbage and recycling.

WILL I BE CHARGED FOR THE NEW CAN?
No. The City of Lawrenceburg purchased the 95-gallon recycling cans with assistance from The Recycling Partnership and a $25,600 grant award. The Recycling Partnership is a national non-profit working to expand recycling access across the country. Eligible households will receive one free 95-gallon recycling can.

LOST, STOLEN OR DAMAGED RECYCLING CANS
Each recycling can will be assigned to an address. If your can is lost or stolen, please call the Lawrenceburg Civil City Garage at 812-537-7138. You may write your house number on the can with a grease pen for easy identification. Additionally, a police report should be filed with the local police department immediately upon vandalism or theft.

Recycling Myth Busters

MYTH: Most Americans recycle all they can. ANSWER: False.

Research shows convenience and commitment are required for maximum recycling. For instance, do you have recycling containers in multiple rooms in your home? If not, recyclables in rooms other than the kitchen often get thrown away. Plus, the more members in a household who commit to recycle, the better the quality of the materials they recycle.  The new 95-gallon Recycling Cans offer maximized recycling capabilities which in turn decrease trash collection. 

MYTH:  Recycling arrows on a container means it is recyclable.  REALITY: Only in some cases.

Review the ACCEPTABLE RECYCLING ITEMS and the ITEMS NOT COLLECTED FOR RECYCLING guidelines for the Lawrenceburg Recycling Program to see what’s recyclable and what’s not. Many plastics cannot be made into new products.

MYTH: Containers must be squeaky clean in order to be recycled. ANSWER: False.

While all bottles, cans, and containers should be clean, dry, and free of most food waste before you place them in your recycling container, they don’t need to be spotless. The goal is to make sure they are clean enough to avoid contaminating other materials, like paper. Try using a spatula to scrape cans and jars, or using a small amount of water, shake the container to remove most residue.

MYTH: It doesn’t matter if something belongs in the recycling can, the hauler will sort everything anyway. ANSWER: False.

There are increasing amounts of non-recyclable items sent to Material Recovery Facilities, and all of them must be removed by hand by trained staff or mechanically sorted so they don’t contaminate the high-value recyclables. Non-recyclable items placed in your recycling containers increase the cost of recycling, slow the process, and pose safety risks to employees. Focus on only recycling the most valuable materials – clean bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. If you’re not sure whether something is recyclable, throw it in the garbage to protect the acceptable recyclable items in your recycling can!

MYTH: Hoses, tanks, shower curtains, swing sets, etc. are made of plastic, so they must be recyclable. ANSWER: False. 

If it’s not “Cardboard, Mixed Paper, Cartons, Metal or Plastic Containers, or Glass Bottles & Jars” it doesn’t belong in your curbside mixed recycling can and may even require special handling. Just because an item is made from plastic, or contains plastic parts, doesn’t mean recycling facilities can handle it. There are other resources (e.g., Earth911.org) that can help answer questions about what to do with non-recyclables or household hazardous waste.

MYTH: All types of glass bottles and jars are recyclable. ANSWER: Varies by jurisdiction

Glass recycling varies by jurisdiction and communities across the U.S. Some communities collect glass at drop-off locations only, some collect glass separately at the curb or with other containers, and many include glass with all other recyclables. Bottle bill laws in CA, CT, OR, IA, MI, ME, VT, MA, NY allow for the return of a per-bottle deposit when bottles are returned to return centers or retailers for recycling. Please refer to our ACCEPTABLE RECYCLING ITEMS for more information on how to recycle glass. No window panes or broken glass accepted.

MYTH:  Aerosol cans are acceptable in the recycle bin.  REALITY:  It varies by jurisdiction.

The Lawrenceburg Recycling Program will accept empty/dry aerosol cans (without the caps) only. If the can isn’t empty, it could be dangerous. Some fires are caused in baling machines from trace amounts of can chemicals, and cans with leftover propellant have been known to become projectiles when densified/baled. Waste Management facilities and commodity vendors accept steel, mixed metal and aluminum aerosol packages. Multi-material aerosol packages are not recyclable.

Look Here for Monthly Recycling Updates & Important Community Reminders as we roll out the new Lawrenceburg Recycling Program.
 

Call the Lawrenceburg Civil City Garage at 812-537-7138 for assistance.
Thank you for recycling today for a greener tomorrow.