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YPN Recycle Joplin Launches Curbside Recycling Initiative

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED THE JOPLIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

YPN RECYCLE JOPLIN LAUNCHES CURBSIDE RECYCLING INITIATIVE

“Post-tornado, many residents noted curbside recycling as an idea to help Joplin not just rebuild, but rebuild better. Members of the Young Professionals Network agreed that curbside recycling is the next step Joplin can take to build on its current recycling efforts. The YPs have now taken on the task of educating the public about the advantages and convenience of curbside recycling and its role in helping Joplin be a cleaner and more healthy city. We support their efforts in this campaign and will continue to encourage young professionals in our community to take an active role in shaping the future of the region.” - Rob O’Brian, President Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

JOPLIN RESIDENTS ASKED FOR CURBSIDE RECYCLING

  • After the opening of the Joplin Recycling Center in 2000 and expansion of accepted materials in subsequent years, residents expressed the desire to have curbside recycling.
  • During the City’s Envisioning Sessions in 2006 and 2010, the Joplin City Council added curbside recycling to their “Blueprint for the Future” in 2010. Curbside recycling was noted as a mid-term goal, identifying this objective to begin between 2014 and 2016.
  • Curbside recycling came up frequently in conversations following the tornado in May 2011. The Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (CART) met with citizens to learn their hopes and dreams for Joplin as the community worked through the recovery process. Curbside recycling was noted in their “Listening to Joplin” report as a service Joplin residents were seeking.

YPN TAKES ON THE CHALLENGE FOR CURBSIDE

In July 2011, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network Executive Committee asked its membership, “What can we do to make a difference as our city rebuilds?” The Executive Committee polled its members, compiled surveys and were met with an overwhelming response and call to action to bring recycling options to the curb.

Research shows that curbside pickup will make recycling more convenient and accessible for Joplin residents. And, increased recycling in our area can improve the local economy, reduces household waste, conserves our existing resources, and can make our community more appealing to newcomers.

YPN Recycle Joplin was formed in October 2011 and has worked to educate residents about the importance of recycling, conducted surveys of residential and commercial recycling perception and habits, and fought to enact a curbside recycling option for Joplin residents.

We are happy to report that YPN is within reach of its goal now that a curbside recycling ordinance is on the ballot April 8, 2014. Under the direction of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the YPN Recycle Joplin workgroup is leading the campaign to educate Joplin citizens on the value of recycling and ask them to vote YES for curbside!

TAKE IT TO THE CURB!

Citizens have the chance to send a clear message to the leaders of our community and make a positive impact on Joplin’s long-term future by saying, “YES, we choose curbside recycling.”

Join the Recycle Joplin conversation: www.facebook.com/joplinypn

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