The City of Joplin will start
the annual residential leaf pick up program on Monday, November 27, the first weekday
after Thanksgiving, weather permitting.
To address all areas of Joplin, the
City utilizes three crews which start in outlying areas and work their way
toward the center of Joplin.
crew from the Street Department will start in the northeast section of town
(Royal Heights/College View Addition areas) and another crew will start in the
Silver Creek/Highlands/Woodland Hills area.
The Parks Department crew will start south of 32nd Street and
west of Main Street. Crews will work
toward the middle of town to complete the program. Weather permitting, this collection could
take over one month.
are reminded not to bag their leaves, but rather rake them to the curb. No tree limbs, brush or rocks should be
included in the piles, please. The City
asks that residents DO NOT rake leaves into
the street, as they may clog the storm drains, and it could cause the
City’s street sweeping truck to bypass that area. Please do not place leaf piles over water
meters (manhole covers). Doing so may
cause Missouri-American Water to estimate
your water usage, instead of recording the exact amount for billing
residents who wish to dispose of leaves year-round, bring them to the Joplin Compost
Facility next to the Turkey Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant at 3457 Eddy Lane,
which is west of the intersection of Eddy and North Peace Church Avenue. Please remove leaves from trash bags and take trash
bags with you. No brush, tree limbs, bags, or trash, please.
An alternative to leaf disposal is home composting. To create compost, simply put leaves, grass,
and meat-free kitchen scraps in your compost bin. Keep it moist, and stir the
mixture to speed up the decomposition process, and then harvest the finished
compost from the bottom of the bin.
Finished compost should be available in approximately two seasons and produces
a free organic fertilizer.
Mary Anne Phillips, the City’s Recycling Coordinator,
encourages the use of compost instead of non-organic fertilizers and chemicals
on lawns and gardens. Compost can be
tilled into the soil thus making the plants healthy and less susceptible to
diseases and insects, which reduces the need for chemicals. Runoff of chemical based fertilizers and
pesticides can harm our water bodies.
The easiest alternative to leaf disposal is to rake the
leaves onto the lawn and run over them with a mulching lawnmower!
Not-so-earth-friendly alternatives for leaf disposal include
setting out bagged leaves for the regular Joplin weekly residential trash
service or burning the leaves. To burn,
citizens need to obtain a Burn Permit from any of the Fire Stations in the City
or at the City’s Finance Department at City Hall. The permit costs $5 and is
good for three consecutive days.
Permits are available at the Fire Stations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days
per week. Please note there may be times when firefighters are not at the
station to issue permits, due to the nature of their job. Fire Stations will
only be able to accept payment by check or money order.
Finance Department, located on the third floor of City Hall, 602 South Main, is
open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City Hall location will
accept cash, check, debit, money order, or credit card payments for burn
permits. Please note that City Hall will
be closed November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
matter where the permit is obtained, residents must still inquire with the
Joplin Fire Department about weather conditions and if burning is allowed on
each day. Residents can obtain this information by calling 417-623-0403.
For more information about leaf pick-up call 417-624-0820, ext.
501, or the Parks Department at 417-624-6937.
For more information about burn permits and rules, contact the Joplin
Fire Department at 417-623-0403, visit www.joplinmofire.org,
or call the Finance Department at 624-0820 Extension 241.