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City Sets Curbside Pickup Deadline of April 16
Now that the debris and demolition cleanup effort is nearing completion, curbside pickup of tornado-related debris will wind up soon. If you still have tornado-related debris to push to the curb for pickup, the debris should be at the curb no later than April 16, 2012 in order to be hauled away by the city contractor. After this deadline, the city contractor will make a final sweep of the entire storm-damaged area to remove any remaining tornado-related debris.

Once the final sweep following the deadline has passed, the City will no longer remove any debris placed at the curb. It will be the responsibility of the homeowner to remove any remaining debris after this final sweep. Property owners have several options to properly dispose of debris after this deadline:

  • Utilize the city-subsidized bulky items drop-off site at the Allied Waste Transfer Station located at 1715 East Front Street, Galena, KS at a reduced fee. Residents must provide a copy of a current Missouri-American water bill or a landlord dumpster rental bill, along with matching identification to qualify for the reduced fee. For questions about the Transfer Station please call 620-783-5841.
  • Haul debris to a licensed landfill.
  • Take recyclable items to the Recycling Center located at 1310 West “A” Street, Joplin. Operating hours starting in April are Tuesday and Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Recycling Center is open to anyone and is free of charge for many items. Please call 417-624-0820 ext. 501 for questions about the Recycling Center.

As a reminder, only eligible debris is being hauled away from the curbs by the city contractor. Eligible debris is debris caused directly by the tornado. Items remaining from new construction or repair projects are not eligible for pickup at the curb. Additionally, general household items from the interior of the home that were not damaged during the tornado are also not eligible for removal at the curb. If any ineligible items are placed in a pile with eligible debris, the entire pile becomes ineligible and will not be picked up by the city contractor.

As the volunteer demolition effort finishes this month, rebuilding is the focus in this recovery effort from the devastating EF-5 tornado of May 22, 2011. The City is well under way in the dangerous structure declaration process and is continuing to address any remaining tornado-damaged structures and foundations that still need to be removed or repaired.

“The cleanup from the tornado through the combined efforts of the volunteers and our residents, as well as our federal and state partners is truly astounding,” said Leslie Jones, Finance Director. “It is time to wrap up the cleanup phase and place any remaining demolition debris at the curb by April 16, in order for our community to fully focus on the rebuilding efforts.”

If you have any questions about this process, the deadline, or if you want to report any remaining debris at the curbside that has not been picked up, please contact the City at 417-627-2900 during regular business hours.