Yael T. Abouhalkah

Free trash pickup goes on steroids in Kansas City

Kansas Citians can place up to 15 bags of trash on the curb for free collection from Friday through next Wednesday.
Kansas Citians can place up to 15 bags of trash on the curb for free collection from Friday through next Wednesday. The Kansas City Star

Kansas City offers “free” trash pickup every week, thanks to the earnings tax that supports garbage collections. But the city still has some strict rules.

Homeowners can put out two bags per week. After that, you have to slap stickers that cost $2.50 on each excess bag that week. It’s an excellent way to encourage people to participate in the city’s unlimited curbside recycling program.

But Trash Amnesty Week, which starts Friday and runs through next Wednesday, is different. It’s a great deal for residents.

The city allows homeowners to dispose of up to 15 bags of trash for free, without the special tags.

“It’s a better alternative than have illegal dumping from a huge amount of trash,” Sean Demory, public information officer for the Public Works Department, told The Star. “It works out well for everybody.”

Special reminder: Because of Christmas, trash collection is backed up a day this week. So Thursday’s collections occur on Friday, and Friday’s scheduled pickups happen on Saturday. Then the schedule goes back to normal next Monday.

How about Christmas trees that are beginning to dry out? The city has that one covered, too.

The trees can be disposed of for free on Saturdays at the city’s leaf and brush drop-off sites. The charge is $5 per tree if you bring the tree in Monday through Friday.

The sites are:

▪ 11600 N. Main Street: Open Monday through Saturday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

▪ 1815 N. Chouteau Traffic Way: Open Monday through Saturday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

▪ 10301 Raytown Road: Open Saturday only; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To reach editorial page columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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