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Be Careful When Raking Your Leaves

We all love the autumn leaves as they turn beautiful colors. But along with that beauty comes the task of raking your leaves. It often seems easy to just rake them into the street but rain and wind can carry them into storm drains and ultimately into rivers, streams, and ponds.  These leaves have a negative impact on the water quality of the rivers, streams and ponds. In addition, leaves can clog storm sewer and drainage ways that can cause potential flooding So the City of Raytown is asking that you keep your leaves in your yard or bag them to avoid potential problems.

Any leaves that fall naturally into the street are the responsibility of the city, but from the curb to a home it’s up to the property owner, regardless of the tree the leaf came from. Raking leaves into the street or gutter is illegal and a violation of City code.  (see below for ordinance)*

“Most people understand,” Andy Noll, Raytown’s Director of Public Works said. “If everyone blew and raked their leaves out into the street, it’s a mess. The potential clogging and severe flooding can be quite expensive to resolve.”

Check with your trash collectors to see if they pick up leaf bags. If not, you may want to take advantage of the disposal coupon offered through the city.  The City of Raytown’s Public Works Department sells $5 coupons that have a $25 value that can be used at Flinn Disposal or Material Recovery & Transfer (MRT). The coupons are valid for 60 days from the date of purchase. A property owner may obtain two coupons over a two-year period. Proof of identification, ie. a driver’s license, and a recent (within the last two months) utility bill are needed to obtain the coupon. The vendor sets the fees for their services. Only cash and checks are accepted. Here are frequently asked questions concerning the coupons:

1. Where do I get a coupon?
In the Public Works Department at Raytown City Hall, 10000 E. 59th Street during regular business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, monday thru friday.

2. Where can I use them?
Material Recovery Transport (MRT)
4020 Winchester
Raytown, MO 64133
816-921-8286
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is drop off only. 

or

Flynn’s Raytown Disposal Services
9610 East 55th St.
Raytown, MO 64133
816-358-1211
Monday through Thursday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Friday – 9:00am to 12:00pm
Drop off Available
Flynn’s will pick up at your home but arrangements will need to be made directly with them.

3. Do either of them take hazardous materials?
No. 

4. When should I get the coupon?
The coupons are good for 60 days, so purchase them accordingly.

5. If I don’t use it can I have a refund?
No. Once purchased they are non-refundable.

6. Can I purchase with a credit card?
No. Cash or check only.

7. Can I purchase it through the mail?
Yes. But you must provide a photo id and a copy of a recent (within the last 2 months) utility bill along with the $5 fee..

 

*Raytown City Ordinance
Sec. 13-144. Nuisance generally.

It shall be unlawful and a nuisance for any person who is the owner, agent, tenant, or occupant of any premises to allow or cause any of the following to remain on such premises:

(11) Deposits of leaves, grass, dirt or any other material that interferes with the proper functioning of any sanitary or storm sewer improvement.

(12) Deposits of leaves, grass, dirt or other materials on the public right-of-way.

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