Lawrence Recycling Rate High

By: AP
By: AP

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Lawrence residents are recycling more than the national average.

A new report by the city's solid waste division estimated 35 percent of the city's garbage is being recycled. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the national average is 32.5 percent.

Mayor Mike Dever said he's impressed with the results, especially considering the city doesn't have a curbside recycling program like many cities. Instead, it relies on private companies, such as a recycling center operated at an area Wal-Mart.

Dever said officials will have to study the report further to determine if the city should expand its own recycling programs. It started collecting mixed paper for recycling last year.

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