Curbside Recycling on April Ballot Fuels Fee Debate - KOAM TV 7

Curbside Recycling on April Ballot But Not All Are Fans


An ordinance for curbside recycling goes on the ballot for Joplin voters April eighth.  
     It's a measure backed by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network but some residents are  questioning the cost.  
Right now recycling in Joplin means making a trip to the center on "A" street and Porter. 
People drop off cardboard, newspapers and plastic jugs. 
All those would be collected at curbside if the Joplin Young Professional Network is successful in getting a new ordinance passed. 
YPN member Drew Kimble says, "I think  it will make recycling a lot easier for folks who are busy. It will be at the curb instead of having to load up the back of the car with the kids and head down the street to recycling center."

YPN  is campaigning for the ordinance that the recycling coordinator believes would trigger more people to participate in recycling. 
Mary Anne Phillips says, "A  lot of times more recycling  creates a synergy, it floats everybody's boat."

Some of those who visit the recycling center say they would love curbside recycling but they live outside the city limits and  for those who live inside, there would be a cost for curbside and that's a concern to some.

Phyllis Wilson, a Joplin resident and recycler says, "Its an expense I don't think I need as a senior citizen on a fixed income." 

Backers of curbside recycling say it has economic and environmental benefits.
Kimble says, the economical side of it.  Its really good for the environment to take about fifty percent of what gets thrown away into the  landfill  right now and divert that to a recycling center. So we're not constantly growing the landfill. And its not leaching down into the water the soils and such."


And  coordinator Phillips says compared with other cities that don't offer curbside, Joplin would still be  cheaper while offering more services. 

Phillips says, "We've done the math and if you look at other cities  that don't have curbside  recycling, we're still gonna be comparable to their  trash charges even thought we have a lot more to offer. Its not just curbside recycling. We pick up yard waste, unlimited trash, you  get a free poly cart, access to the transfer station.  So when you add trash and recycling together its still less money than if we didn't have a franchise."
But Phyllis  Wilson   also  recycles. She says the curb could be more convenient for some but doubts the price tag will stay the same.
 Wilson says, "In end it would go up,  just like prices now, they say they will not be fixed. And  will go up like everything else goes up."

Phillips says residents would get a notice telling them which items can be picked up curbside. It does not include glass, household chemicals, or batteries.  

Voting by absentee is possible now. The election is April 8th.


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