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City of Sikeston will not collect leaves this year

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

People who live in Sikeston will have to find a way to get rid of their own leaves this fall. 

According to a post on the Sikeston Department of Public Safety's Facebook page, "repair costs and manpower issues led city leaders to a difficult decision in reference to leaves this year."

Public Works Director Jay Lancaster said extensive repairs need to be made to the city's leaf collection apparatus and that the six full time workers would be used in other areas. 

Without the collection program in place, it will be up to city residents to dispose of their own leaves. 

Sikeston DPS stated one of the most popular ways to manage yard waste is composting and burning. With that in mind, the department is reminding residents about a city ordinance regarding leaf burning and offering tips to keep in mind. 

  • Do not burn anything when the wind is over 10 mph
  • You may not burn limbs over 2 inches in diameter. 
  • You cannot burn any yard debris on any sidewalk, street, alleyway, gutter, drainage ditch or storm drain. 
  • You cannot place debris of any kind on any sidewalk, street, alleyway, gutter, drainage ditch or storm drain. (e.g. dirt, chips, mulch, grass clippings, leaves, limbs, straw, paper or ashes)

The post by Sikeston DPS also noted you should stay attentive while burning leaves, keep the fire small, and never  leave this fire unattended.

The department also recommends to keep a garden tool and a hose nearby to help manage the fire.  

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