I hate to say it but Lawton, OK. stinks, specifically the west side of town. What is that horrible odor and what's causing it? Also, is there anything that can be done about it? We all want answers about the smell.


The smell is being caused by the paper mill/plant Republic Paperboard LLC. located on the west side of Lawton in the industrial park. The process of making paper products is stinky but it should improve soon.

The City of Lawton along with Republic Paperboard plan to rid the west side of its offensive odor in the near future. There's a $15 million dollar improvement project that will upgrade the mill/plant and end the stink.

Get all the details on the Republic Paperboard improvement project from COL below

City of Lawton
City of Lawton

The above press release from the City of Lawton details and highlights the plans for Republic Paperboard going forward. The improvement project got underway in 2022 and will take several months to complete.


Some days are better than others but I'm sure everyone will be happy when the smell is finally eliminated, especially those who live and work on the west side. The construction can also cause the odor to worsen.

It could take anywhere from two to three years to finally complete all the improvement upgrades to the mill/plant but it'll be well worth it. In the meantime grab some air fresheners and keep all the windows shut.

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