City of Joplin details this year’s “Leaf Pick-Up” program

City Of Joplin Details This Years Leaf Pick Up Program
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JOPLIN, Mo. – The City of Joplin details this year’s “Leaf Pick-Up” program to help keep storm drains clean and creek pollution down.

The program will start on November 28, 2022, if weather permits. Two City crews will work in different areas, starting on the outside of town and working their way inward.

Neighborhood Section Map

The City created a map with neighborhood sections to help residents prepare for the crew’s arrival. Each section has a number indicating the order of the crews’ work areas.

“Map areas labeled S1 through S5 are the areas the Streets crews will be working. Neighborhoods by marked P1 through P5 identify the Parks crew’s areas. Crews will move through these areas in sequence, starting November 28. Due to the uncertainty of leaf amounts on streets, weather, and unforeseen conditions, it is difficult to predict the exact timing of arrival to the areas.” – City of Joplin

Street crews will first work in the Silver Creek, Highlands, and Woodland Hills areas (S1). They will then complete leaf pick-up in neighborhoods east of Range Line Road. After that area is done, they will move to the north end of Joplin (S2) and start moving toward the center.

The Parks crew will start south of 32nd Street and west of Main Street (P1). They’ll move east towards Range Line Road (P2). Crews will progress through these sections until all of the City has been canvassed.

According to the City of Joplin, weather permitting, this collection could take at least one month or longer.

You can find the Leaf Pick-Up map below, or click here.

Leaf Pickup City of Joplin pickup 2022

Leaf Pick-Up Do’s and Don’ts for Residents

The City of Joplin tells residents NOT to bag their leaves.

You should instead rake them to the curb of the property line.

“Leaves should NOT be raked into the street, as this can clog storm drains, and could cause the City’s street sweeping truck to bypass that area.

No tree limbs, brush or rocks should be included in the piles, please. 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.” – City of Joplin

Minimizing Pollution

The City says it picks up the leaves so that they will not congregate around the storm drains which can cause flooding.

Officials say during heavy rains, an above-average amount of pesticides, soil, fertilizer runoff, trash, pet waste, and leaves go into storm drains. Those then deposit in the nearest storm channel.

“These channels are designed to eventually flow into Joplin’s Shoal Creek and Turkey Creek.  These pollutants can harm recreational activities, wildlife habitats, and drinking water sources.  Soil runoff and leaves cause the water to become murky, which blocks sunlight and decreases plant growth.  Plants are food sources for insects, worms, crayfish, and other animals that support fish populations.” – City of Joplin

Alternatives to Leaf Pick-Up Program

There are alternative ways to dispose of leaves.

Joplin Compost Facility

The Joplin Compost Facility is next to the Turkey Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (3457 Eddy Lane), which is west of the intersection of Eddy and North Peace Church Avenue.

Residents can take them to the Compost Facility. The site is open daily during daylight hours.

The City asks that you remove the leaves from trash bags and take the bags with you. It’s just for leaves only: no brush, tree limbs, bags or trash.

Home Composting

Another alternative to leaf disposal is home composting.

“To create compost, simply put leaves, grass, and meat-free kitchen scraps in your compost bin. Keep it moist, stir the mixture to speed up the decomposition process, and then harvest the finished compost from the bottom of the bin.  Finished compost should be available in approximately two seasons and produces a free organic fertilizer.” – City of Joplin

“In order to reduce stormwater pollution, the City encourages the use of compost instead of non-organic fertilizers and chemicals on lawns and gardens.  Compost can be tilled into the soil thus making the plants healthy and less susceptible to diseases and insects, which reduces the need for chemicals.  Runoff of chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides can harm our water bodies.”

Mulch the Leaves

The City of Joplin tells residents the easiest alternative to leaf disposal is to rake the leaves onto the lawn, then run them over with a mulching lawnmower.

Other Alternatives

“Not-so-earth-friendly alternatives for leaf disposal include setting out bagged leaves for the regular Joplin weekly residential trash service or burning the leaves,” states the City of Joplin. “To burn, citizens need to obtain a Burn Permit from any of the Fire Stations in the City or at the City’s Finance Department at City Hall. The permit costs $10 and is good for three consecutive days. The Permits are available at Fire Station #1, 303 East 3rd Street, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days per week. Please note there may be times when firefighters are not at the station to issue permits, due to the nature of their job. Fire Stations will only be able to accept payment by check or money order. No matter where the permit is obtained, residents must still inquire with the Joplin Fire Department about weather conditions and if burning is allowed on each day. Residents can also obtain this information by calling 417-623-0403.”

The Finance Department, located on the third floor of City Hall, 602 South Main, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City Hall location will accept cash, check, debit, money order, or credit card payments for burn permits.  Please note that City Hall will be closed on November 25 and 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

For More Information

For more information about leaf pick-up call 417-624-0820 ext.1501 or 1566.  For more information about burn permits and rules, contact the Joplin Fire Department at 623-0403, visit, or call the Finance Department at 624-0820 ext. 1241.