Leaf Pick-Up Service Begins; Residents Reminded to Rake Leaves to the Curb

Map for 2020 Leaf Pickup

(Joplin, MO) – The City of Joplin’s annual residential leaf pick-up program began on November 30 to help clear the large amount of fallen leaves in our neighborhoods. The City hosts this program to help citizens with the seasonal chore of removing leaves from their property. This also keeps leaves from collecting around the storm drains, which can cause flooding. 

Residents are reminded to rake their leaves to the curb and not to bag them. No tree limbs, brush, or rocks should be included in the piles. Leaves should not be raked into the street as they may clog the storm drains, and this could cause the City’s street sweeping truck to bypass that area. Please do not place leaf piles over water meters (manhole covers). Doing so may cause Missouri-American Water to estimate your water usage instead of recording the exact amount for billing purposes.

To address all areas of Joplin, the City utilizes two crews that start in outlying areas and work their way toward the center of Joplin. As the crews work in opposite areas, they move towards the middle of town to complete the program. To help residents know the general order of neighborhood locations, the City has created the map above with numbered neighborhood sections that indicate the order of the crews’ work areas. The map can also be viewed on the City’s website at joplinmo.org/LeafPickup19. Map areas labeled S1 through S5 are the areas that the Streets Crews will be working. Neighborhoods marked P1 through P5 identifies the Parks Crews’ areas. Crews will move through these areas in sequence.

The first neighborhoods that the Streets Crew will be attending to are the Silver Creek, Highlands, and Woodland Hills areas (S1). The Parks Crew begins south of 32nd Street and west of Main Street (P1) Crews will progress through the sections in chronological order until all of the City has been canvassed. Weather permitting, this collection could take at least one month or longer.

For more information called 417.624.0820, ext. 501 or 566, or the Parks and Recreation Department at 417.627.8879.


Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204

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