07-20-2023 City of Topeka storm debris collection update

The City of Topeka’s storm debris clean-up efforts are continuing city-wide.

City crews and contractors are working on making their first pass across Topeka this week, and will make their second pass city-wide upon completion of the first pass.

While crews and contactors are hard at work cleaning up vegetative debris as quickly and safely as possible, they want to share a few important reminders with citizens.

  • Please do not park vehicles in front of debris piles. Blocking debris piles causes challenges for equipment and personnel, and delays their ability to remove debris.
  • The city is not charging citizens to pick up vegetative debris at the curb. This is a free service and the city and its contractors will not ask for payment to haul limbs.
  • The Kansas Attorney General’s Office issued a consumer alert on July 19, 2023, urging residents in areas damaged by recent storms to use caution and avoid scams by transient roofing contractors.
  • In order to provide tree trimming services within city limits, a person must obtain a Tree, Shrub, and Vine Service License, which requires a Commercial Tree Permit from the City of Topeka’s Forestry Division, along with meeting insurance requirements. To find out if a person or business is licensed to do business in the City of Topeka, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 785-368-3941 or email cclerk@topeka.org.

The city will only pick up vegetative debris, such as limbs, leaves and trunks of trees, caused by the storm. Residents will be responsible for taking the debris down to the back of curb. Debris must be stacked up away from trees, power lines, mail boxes, gas meters, hydrants and other obstructions to allow the grapple trucks to pick the material up. Crews will not pick up trash, tires, construction debris or any item other than vegetative debris.

To report any areas of immediate concern, such as tree limbs or branches blocking the roadway, residents are asked to please call 785-368-3111.