Your Opinion: Pick up curbside yard waste

Dear Editor:

‘Tis the season to be burning, and, yes, it does fill the air with smoke and all sorts of other noxious stuff.

Personally, I don’t consider unrolling the hose all the way to the back of the yard, inhaling smoke and fumes, standing around in the (usually) cold to watch and refill the burn barrel, and having to launder every stitch I had on (including the jacket) and take a shower immediately afterward to get rid of the stench, as a fun way to spend a day, and I don’t know anybody who does.

It’s true there is a free yard waste disposal site available to city residents. If you don’t know where it is you can get that information from the city’s web site (providing you have the Internet). When you get the web page up, look under NEWS (Why there, I have no idea) and you can find yard waste drop off. Once there It gives you the hours and days and directions on how to get there. It even gives you the option to print out a map and a phone number to call for more information. For you who don’t have the Internet, that number is (573) 634-6409. Besides their weekday hours they are also open all day Saturday and one-half a day on Sunday.

However, there are some people who don’t have pick ups or large SUVs to enable them to transport lots of leaves to the site. Some folks, just have itty bitty cars, and some have no vehicle at all.

I remember the questionnaires that went around (we filled them out) before the city went to curb side recycling. I’m pretty sure they referred also to roadside yard waste pickup. I certainly had the impression that was a consideration. Yet, when we were finally told about the approved contract, yard waste was not included.

Why can’t we have yard waste pickup, say, once a month, at least during the months of October and November when the leaves are raining down?

I, for one, will oppose any total ban on burning until such an option exists


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