(Kansas City, Mo.) – Each fall season, KC Water customers rake and bag thousands of tons of leaves and brush. They put it on the curb and let KC Water take it from there. So, where does all that lawn waste go? It winds up at Missouri Organic Recycling.
KC Water manages the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s leaf and brush program because keeping the streets clear of leaves helps prevent street flooding.
“Curbside leaf and brush collection helps keep leaves out of the City’s 44,000 catch basins,” says Scott Cahail, KC Water’s Environmental Manager. “We want to avoid that as much as possible because clogged stormwater inlets cause flooding and other issues.”
Last year, workers collected 2,404 tons of yard waste during the fall leaf and brush pickup.
Customers are asked to collect their lawn debris in paper bags and set them at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on their regularly-scheduled trash day.
Here is the Fall 2015 schedule:
For customers who live in NORTH Kansas City (from the Missouri River, north to the city limit)
- 1st collection: week of October 26th
- 2nd collection: week of November 30th
For customers who live in SOUTH Kansas City (from 63rd Street, south to the city limit, as well as all residents who live east of Blue Ridge Cutoff)
- 1st collection: week of November 2nd
- 2nd collection: week of December 7th
For customers who live in CENTRAL Kansas City (from the Missouri River, south to 63rd Street, but not including customers residents who live east of Blue Ridge Cutoff)
- 1st collection: week of November 16th
- 2nd collection: week of December 14th
Curbside Leaf and Brush Collection Rules:
- Sacks and bundles should be placed at the curb by 7:00 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, residents must call the 311 Call Center within 24 hours. For questions or to report service-related issues, please call 311 or 816.513.1313.
More information about curbside leaf and brush collection can be found HERE.
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KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.