JOPLIN, Mo. —
Joplin’s leaf-pickup service will begin Monday.
Crews will start as they have in past years in the Royal Heights and College View neighborhoods, as well as west of Main Street and south of 32nd Street.
Residents are asked to rake leaves to the curb but not into the street as they will clog storm drains. Residents also are asked not to bag them. The leaves are to be free of limbs, brush and rocks.
Officials expect that the leaf pickup will take more than a month. It can be delayed by weather conditions.
Those who want to dispose of leaves themselves may haul them to the Joplin composting site, located next to the Turkey Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant at 6937 Eddy Lane. To get there, drivers may go north on Schifferdecker Avenue until they reach the T intersection, then turn left and then left again in the first driveway.
Leaves taken to the compost area should be emptied from plastic bags, and the empty bags should be removed. Grass clippings also may be taken to the compost area, but tree limbs should not be.
Mary Anne Phillips, the city’s recycling coordinator, also recommends home composting as a means to dispose of leaves and to create organic fertilizer. Vegetation can be placed in a bin, moistened and stirred occasionally. It takes two seasons for the lawn clippings and leaves to compost.
Leaves also can be mulched with a lawn mower.
They also can be burned or set out for trash pickup, though those methods are not Earth-friendly, according to Phillips.
A permit for burning leaves must be obtained from neighborhood fire stations or from the Finance Department at City Hall. The permit costs $5. Those planning to burn also must call the Joplin Fire Department at 623-0403 to find out if weather conditions are appropriate.
INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED by phoning Mary Anne Phillips, 624-0820, ext. 501, or the parks department, 624-6937.