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Leaf, brush pickup starts Monday for Kansas City residents

Posted: 10:11 AM, Oct 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-22 15:11:24Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City is starting the first of two rounds of curbside pickup Monday.

Residents are asked to have leaves and brush in paper bags and set them out by 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled trash day.

“Residents are allowed to put out up to 20 bags of leaves so that can be quite a bit in some neighborhoods,” said Richard Gaskin with KC Water. “Sometimes they're left out in the yard or near the residence. The contractor will not pick up leaves and brush that's not curbside.”

Gaskin says you want to keep leaves and brush away from catch basins.

“Keeping the leaves and brush out of our catch basins will prevent street flooding. It also you keeps it out of our water ways,” Gaskin said. “The decomposition of that organic material has a negative impact on our water quality.”

Leaf pickup will run through December and there are different weeks for different neighborhoods:

For customers who live in central Kansas City (from the Missouri River, south to 63rd Street, but not including customers who live east of Blue Ridge Cutoff)

  • 1st collection: Week of Oct. 22-26
  • 2nd collection: Week of Nov. 26-30

For customers who live in North Kansas City (from the Missouri River, north to the city limit)

  • 1st collection:  Oct. 29–Nov. 2 
  • 2nd collection: Dec. 3–7 

For customers who live in South Kansas City (from 63rd Street, south to the city limit, as well as all customers who live east of Blue Ridge Cutoff)

  • 1st collection: Week of Nov. 5–9
  • 2nd collection: Week of Dec. 10-14  

Before you set your leaves and brush on the curb, here are a few rules:

  • Sacks and bundles should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the regularly-scheduled trash day.
  • No more than 20 sacks and bundles per household.
  • Sacks and bundles must not weigh more than 40 pounds each.
  • Use only paper lawn debris sacks. No plastic bags.
  • If you seal the sacks, use masking tape only; do not use plastic or duct tape.
  • No grass clippings. No trash.
  • All branches must be bundled. Branches must not be more than 3 inches in diameter.
  • Bundles of branches must not be more than 2 feet in diameter and not more than 4 feet long.
  • Use twine or jute rope to tie bundles; do not use wire or plastic tape.
  • If wet weather is forecast, cover sacks and bundles with clear plastic.
  • If sacks and bundles are not collected on the scheduled trash day, customers must call the 311 Call Center within 24 hours.  

For questions or to report service-related issues, call 311 or 816-513-1313.