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Solid Waste

The City of Leavenworth Solid Waste Division operates several programs for the citizens of Leavenworth:



The City of Leavenworth provides residential pick-up by City crews once each week. The City does not work on New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. When one of these holidays occurs between Monday and Thursday, the normal trash collection day will move one day later. The charge for the trash service appears on your water bill each month. Please review your water bill to ensure you are paying for the appropriate number of units. Should you have any questions, please call our office at 682-0650, week days from 7:30 A.M. to 4 P.M.

  1. Please place refuse in disposable bags securely tied and set next to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  2. Trash cans are not allowed on the curb. Trash bags will not be picked up out of trash cans.
  3. If you have a container to throw away, please put a note on it that says “throw away” and make sure it weighs less than 60 pounds.
  4. City of Leavenworth Ordinance requires that you do not place your refuse out at the curbside more than 24 hours before your regular pick up day, as occasionally there are dogs and other small animals at large which might tear up the bags. You may spray bleach or ammonia on the INSIDE of the trash bags to prevent animals from tearing into the bags.
  5. Garbage and household trash cannot be left in the yard and must be disposed of properly. This includes auto parts, appliance, furniture, building materials, tires, cardboard, plastics, or any other materials.
  6. Tree trimming and fallen limbs must be disposed of within a week.
  7. Brush, tree limbs, wood and carpet will be collected with your refuse; however, these items must be cut into 5 foot lengths and either boxed, bagged or tied into bundles of less than 60 pounds.
  8. The City will collect up to 5 automobile tires per household (maximum 10 tires per year) when left at the curb.
  9. Cement or bricks are not accepted.
  10. BOXES: If you have hired a moving company you may ask them if they will return to pick up the packing boxes, if not, the city will pick them up with your regular refuse. Please break down as many boxes as possible and tie them into bundles or take take to the Recycling Center
  11. Almost everything, except hazardous materials and large metal appliances objects will be picked up with your regular refuse. Household chemicals or cans of paint may be taken to the Leavenworth County Transfer Station. Call 913-727-2858 to verify their guidelines
  12. If you have a large metal appliance or object you wish to discard, call the Municipal Service Center at 682-0650 by 4 p.m. Thursday and we will pick it up on Friday.


Replace the protective cover on syringes after use and place them or other sharp items in a sealed box or can. Mark the container “Sharp Objects” and place beside the refuse (not in a bag) at the curb for collection. You may also call the Service Center (682-0650) the day prior to your collection and we will post a notice for the crews collecting your address.

BAGS: A package of 50 bags are furnished at start of service and delivered to your home twice a year (usually the last Saturday of March and September.) If you should run out of bags between deliveries, you may use comparable bags from any store, or you can purchase bags at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, 100 N. 5th Street, at a cost of $7.00 for a package of 50 (30 gallon) bags. 


On the FIRST Saturday of each month, the City of Leavenworth offers “FREE Saturdays.” This event is an excellent opportunity for residents to utilize the City’s services at no charge.

  • On FREE Saturdays the Brush Site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • At the Recycling Center, dumpsters are provided for residents at the north entrance (Pennsylvania and Lawrence) to drop off materials such as large appliances, furniture, trash and tires, between the hours of 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
  • Any time the FREE First Saturday falls on a holiday, it will be held on the 2nd Saturday of that month. 


On your regular trash day, the City will pick up most large non-metal items such as furniture, hide-a-beds, television consoles, mattresses and box springs and also small metal items such as bicycles, small grills, and push mowers that are empty of fluids.                                                                        

NOTE: Some of these items will be thrown in the truck by the collection crews and some of them will be collected later by a grapple truck. The crew will note any addresses where they leave a non-metal bulk item and it will be collected later that same day or no later than the end of the next business day by a grapple truck. You can call 682-0650 ahead of time and schedule your pick-up although it is not necessary.

The City collects all metal appliances and other large metal items such as riding lawn mowers or metal desks on Fridays. You must call 682-0650 no later than 3 p.m. on Thursdays to get on the Friday list. Your large metal items must be on the curb by 7:00 a.m. Friday morning. All items must by empty of debris such as food or clothing, any liquids must be drained, doors must be removed or securely taped shut, and tall items must be laid down flat on the door.

For both types of collection, please make sure the items placed on the curb are away from any vehicles parked on the street and ensure that adequate space for our equipment to pick up the items is available. Remember, no matter what item is placed on the curb for collection, nothing is to be out more than 24 hours prior to the collection day per City code.

The Recycle Center, at Lawrence and Halderman Streets, is open to the public all year and accepts the following items:

  •  Tin & aluminum cans
  • Car Batteries & Rechargeable Batteries (i.e. 9-volt batteries and batteries from hand tools)    NOTE:**Battery sizes D, C, A, AA and AAA batteries are accepted at the Leavenworth County Transfer Station on Gilman Rd in Lansing.
  • E-Waste
  • Used Automotive Oil
  • Plastics—We cannot accept motor oil bottles, pesticide/herbicide bottles, automotive product bottles (brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, etc), plastic bags, plastic toys, foam and styrofoam (packing materials such as peanuts or packaging sheets/blocks), PVC pipe or plastic sheet materials.
  • Glass—clear, brown or green
  • Paper products (cardboard, magazines, paper, etc.)

Please remove all lids and neck rings and clean and rinse any cans, plastic  bottles and glass items.

The City of  Leavenworth is the first city in Kansas to offer e-waste recycling. Citizens can drop off materials such as TV’s, VCRs, DVD’s, old cell phones, computers and video players at the Recycling Center near the Municipal Service Center. 

The Recycling Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Recycling Center is always free.

Commercially generated materials are not accepted at the Recycling Center, however commercial contractors can contact the Leavenworth County Recycling Facility and Transfer Station located at 13523 Gilman Rd in Lansing.


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