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As part of the City of Harrisonville’s utilities package, we contract with a professional trash hauler to give residents access to curbside refuse collection.  Beginning Monday, January 1, 2018, Municipal Waste Services will provide the residents weekly trash collection, curbside recycling, seasonal (April—November) yard waste collection, and bulky item pick-up. 


General Overview

Generally speaking, trash will be picked up Monday through Thursday throughout the year.  However, our hauler observes certain national holidays, so there will be no pick-up on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  In these instances, collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the holiday week.  (Please note:  MWS will pick up on July 4th.)  In addition, collection may be suspended for extreme weather conditions such as blizzards, heavy rains, flooding, etc.   

The monthly fee is included in the utility bill.   

Each residential customer will be provided a 96-gallon cart, distinguishable by its black lid, and a 64-gallon cart with a blue lid for recyclables.  The carts are the property of Municipal Waste Services and should not be removed from your property.  General guidelines for preparing trash are as follows:

Household refuse must be securely bagged and tied and placed in the cart with the black lid.

Recycling is optional but encouraged.  Recyclables must be placed in biodegradable bags or bundled and placed in the cart with the blue lid.  Do not place recyclables in plastic bags or sacks.

Yard waste should be placed in biodegradable paper bags. The limit for yard waste is 10 bags or bundles per week from April 1 – October 31.  In November, an unlimited number of bags per week is permitted.    Discarded live Christmas trees will be collected during the first two weeks of January.  Make sure ALL decorations are removed and place the tree in a visible location at curbside on your regular collection day.    (This pick-up is only for cut, live trees.)


Refuse or Not?

Refuse is the customary, normal mix of household trash and garbage.  It can include small automobile parts such as filters, belts and hoses (but NOT tires, batteries, brake shoes, mufflers or shock absorbers, please).  Small amounts of building materials or construction debris from MINOR home maintenance is also acceptable.  Yard waste should not be mixed with the household refuse.  Also, do not include hazardous materials such as pesticides, cleaning fluids, antifreeze, batteries, motor oil or paint.  


What is Yard Waste?

In Harrisonville, we take pride in our yards and lawns and often put in a lot of hard work to keep them as we like.  The resulting grass clippings, pulled weeds or vines, garden refuse, small branch trimmings and fallen leaves are considered a separate category called Yard Waste, and the preparation is a little different from household waste.      Place clippings, leaves or other small plant material in biodegradable paper bags or in a separate container that is plainly marked Yard Waste or YW.  Brush or tree trimmings must be cut in

lengths no longer than 4 ft. and securely tied in bundles weighing no more than 50 lbs.  Set everything out on your regular collection day.  You may wish to place it on the opposite side of your driveway from the regular carts.  Yard waste will be collected on the same day as household trash, but not necessarily by the same truck or at the same time.  (Please note:  rock, dirt and concrete do not qualify as yard waste and will not be accepted or picked up by MWS.)


Curbside Recycling

The smaller 64-gallon cart with the blue lid is designated for recyclables.  Recycling is encouraged but not mandatory, and if you do not wish to participate call Municipal Waste Services at 816-406-9700 and they will pick up the cart.  Please do not use the recycling cart for excess household trash or yard waste. 

Recycling is not difficult and your participation will make a difference in reducing the waste stream that goes into area landfills.  Acceptable items to recycle are:

à Plastics grades 1, 2, 3, 4, or 7.

à Newspapers, magazines, phone books

à Office paper or white paper

à Cardboard, including chip board

à Aluminum cans and tin cans

No glass, Styrofoam or plastic bags accepted.


Bulky Items

Residents may also set out bulky household items to be picked up.  The charge is $15 for up to three items.  This is only for household items, but includes carpet up to 10 ft. X 10 ft. square.  For appliances, the fee is $30, and for appliances with refrigerant, the fee is $40.  Contact MWS, 816-406-9700, to schedule your pick-up.