The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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November 19, 2010

City set to launch leaf pick-up

JOPLIN, Mo. — If you want the city of Joplin to pick up your leaves, you’d better start raking now.

The leaf-pickup program will begin Monday, Nov. 29.

Crews with the street department will start in the northeast section of town in the Royal Heights and College View Addition areas. Crews with the parks department will start south of 32nd Street and west of Main Street. Both crews will work toward the middle of town.

“To the citizens, the leaf pickup is one of the most important things that we do,’’ said Mary Anne Phillips, the city’s recycling coordinator.

The pickup could take more than a month, but sometimes the weather can play havoc with the city’s schedule.

Phillips said residents should not bag their leaves, but rake them to the curb. Do no rake leaves into the street where they can clog storm drains. Do not place leaf piles over water meters or manhole covers. Doing so can cause Missouri-American Water Company to estimate your water usage, instead of recording the exact amount for billing purposes.

No tree limbs, brush or rocks will be picked up.

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