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.
A 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.
For 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.
The 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.
The 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.
No 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.