South KC Perspective
By John Sharp
Since most of the leaves are still on the trees in my neighborhood, I was very pleased that the city of KCMO recently announced a second round of free curbside leaf and brush collection this season.
The first round for city residents who live from 63rd St. to the south city limits or in the part of the city north and east of Raytown will be later in the day on persons’ regular trash day from Monday, November 15, through Friday, November 19.
The second round for the same area will be from Monday, December 13, through Friday, December 17.
When announcing the second round, the city again reminded residents to not rake or blow leaves into the street where they are washed away by the rain and frequently clog catch basins.
Persons may put out up to a total of 20 paper yard waste bags and/or bundles of branches by 7 a.m. on their regular trash day. Sacks and bundles may not weigh more than 40 pounds each.
If sacks are sealed, only masking tape may be used, not duct or plastic tape. No plastic bags may be used, and the sacks may not contain grass clippings or trash.
Bundles of branches must not be more than four feet long, nor more than two feet in diameter, and branches may not be more than three inches in diameter. Only twine or rope may be used to tie the bundles, not plastic tape or wire.
Persons should call 311 within 24 hours to report a missed collection.
City residents with proper ID also may dispose of their leaves, brush and grass clippings for free at the city’s drop-off site at 10301 Raytown Rd. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through January 15 before it closes on Saturdays through the winter.
The site also will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day which both fall on Saturdays.
Brush does not need to be bundled, and leaves do not need to be sacked. If plastic bags are used they must be taken by residents when they leave. Tree stumps are not accepted.
Residents also may pick up ground mulch at the site for free, or may purchase natural darkwood, red and brown mulch or natural compost.
Persons should call Missouri Organic which operates the site at 816-483-0908 if they have any questions.