Trash amnesty day for KC residents

Kansas City is granting residents trash amnesty Dec. 26-31.

Residents can dispose of up to 15 bags or up to 500 pounds of trash without tagging the trash bags.

Trash will be picked up on the normal trash pick-up days with Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 postponed by one day each.

Trash amnesty is a twice-yearly event Kansas City offers its residents. The other day is after July 4.

“It’s a better alternative than have illegal dumping from huge amount of trash. It works out well for everybody,” said Sean Demory, Public Information Officer for the Public Works Department.

Remodeling waste will not be accepted. Demory encourages residents to take wrapping paper to city recycling centers at Metro North Mall at 400 N.W. Barry Road; Environmental Campus at 4707 Deramus; and 9051 Hillcrest Road.

Christmas trees can be recycled through Jan. 17 at brush drop-off sites at 1815 N. Choteau and 11600 N. Main St. for $5.

“We ask people to remove all ornaments, lights and tinsel before they bring their trees,” said Demory.

The sites are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. They will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.