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City hosts grand opening for new Cookingham leaf and brush drop-off center March 15

All leaf and brush drop-off centers resume regular hours March 23

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will celebrate the grand opening of its new Cookingham leaf and brush drop-off center on Friday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. The new drop-off center is located at 11660 N. Main St., at the northeast corner of Northeast Cookingham Drive and North Main Street. The facility will open to the public on Saturday, March 23 at 8 a.m.

The City is opening a new leaf and brush drop-off center due to the federal and state quarantine placed on Clay and Platte counties because of the Emerald Ash Borer, a pest destructive to ash trees. As a result of the quarantine, residents of Clay and Platte counties cannot use the City’s existing Chouteau and Raytown leaf and brush drop-off centers.

The new Cookingham facility is designed to handle regular leaf and brush and large quantities of debris generated during emergency situations, such as the recent heavy snows. In addition, the facility will be certified to handle trees that may be affected by the Emerald Ash Borer.

The City’s existing leaf and brush drop-off centers, located at 1815 N. Chouteau Trafficway and 10301 Raytown Road, had been closed for the winter but reopened earlier this month on weekends only to accommodate woody debris from last month’s snowstorms. Both centers will resume their regular hours on Saturday, March 23 at 8 a.m.

All three of the leaf and brush drop-off sites will be open and free for residents to use on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the Chouteau and Cookingham sites will also be open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a small fee. The Raytown site will only be open on Saturdays.

The drop-off site rules are as follows:

    Proof of residency using a valid driver's license or state-issued ID is required.

    Drop-offs from commercial enterprises will not be accepted.

    Grandview and Raytown residents may use the sites with a voucher purchased from their respective municipalities.

    Only leaves, yard waste and brush (including tree trimmings) are accepted. Grass clippings are not accepted.

    You may bring leaves in paper yard-waste bags. If you seal your bags, use masking tape only. Do not use wire, duct tape or other plastic tape. If you bring plastic bags, please empty them and take them back with you.

    You may be asked to empty bags to show that there is no trash.

    Sites are attended. Sites may be under camera or surveillance when not in operation. If you see anyone dumping at these sites, please report date, time and description of vehicle and people to the 311 Call Center, 816-513-1313 or 311.

In addition to dropping off leaves and brush, residents may also pick up mulch. Residents may pick up first ground mulch for free at all of the sites, or they may purchase natural darkwood, red and brown mulch and natural compost from the Chouteau and Cookingham sites for a discounted fee.

Residents needing to dispose of leaves and brush may also utilize the City’s curbside Leaf and Brush Collection Program. The spring collection will take place beginning April 1.

For more information about these programs as well as trash, recycling and solid waste collections, visit or call the 311 Call Center at 816-513-1313 or 311.

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer, please visit


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