The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 10, 2013

Our View: Don't trash recycling

— The Citizens Advisory Recovery Team concluded that Joplin residents want curbside recycling. It found strong support for it.

The Young Professionals Network at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce also concluded Joplin residents want curbside recycling. It found that 81 percent of the nearly 800 people it surveyed favored it.

It looks like the Joplin City Council wants it, too, voting 4-3 on Monday and 9-0 last month to put the issue up to a future vote by Joplin residents.

But now curbside recycling appears to be dead, dragged to the street just like the garbage.

Say what?

It appears the margin of one vote Monday night was not enough to advance a curbside recycling plan. Under city charter rules, “any resolution or ordinance of the council requires five ‘yes’ votes to pass as an absolute majority,” Joplin City Attorney Brian Head said. “A simple majority of the quorum is only sufficient for procedural matters. It is not sufficient to pass an ordinance or resolution.”

Two council members who previously voted in favor of the measure, Bill Scearce and Trisha Raney, were absent from Monday’s meeting.

“That particular ordinance is dead for all intents and purposes,” Head said afterward.

We agree with Jane Cage, chairwoman of the advisory team, that the issue needs resurrected.

“I hope that the council members will not let this issue go by the wayside, but will find a way to make this work,” Cage said.

Head’s pronouncement of the death of this particular ordinance may be true, but by no means should curbside recycling be put out with the trash.

Council members voting against the ordinance weren’t voting against curbside recycling; they were voting for their objections to holding an unnecessary and expensive advisory election. Adding curbside recycling will cost residents $3.03 a month. The council makes decisions regularly that affect Joplin residents’ billfolds by far, far more.

There are several ways to move forward, including continued discussion with Joplin’s trash hauler on price, as well as considerations for subsidies for residents for the first year of the program.

The issue is too important to let die. If the council can’t move forward on something this universally supported, then it appears there is little it will be able to accomplish.

Text Only
  • Other Views Other Views: Eroding court’s authority

    While Kansans were focused on the twists and turns of school finance this past week, lawmakers made an unnecessary and historic change in how the state’s district courts operate, coercively tying the reforms to badly needed funding.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Travesty

    What a travesty that a terrific young man from Spain is on the verge of deportation even though he has proven his worth in America (Globe, April 13).

    April 18, 2014

  • Your View: Astonishing transformation

    The transformation of the Republican Party in the last decade is astonishing.

    April 18, 2014

  • Your View: The changing view

    It is heartbreaking to hear the decades old trees (which border on South Pennsylvania in Webb City) cracking and being bulldozed down.

    April 18, 2014

  • Our View.jpg Our View: Safe and sound

    Of the 7,500 Joplin and Duenweg homes hit by the 2011 EF-5 tornado, fewer than 20 percent of them had basements.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other Views Other Views: Funding for state’s roads

    Missouri is finding there is no good alternative to growing the economy, adding new well-paying jobs and expanding the tax base.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Government without apology or explanation

    Americans feel closest to their Uncle Sam at this time of year as he extends his hand for his “fair share” to fund his numerous endeavors.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Step aside

    The people of Joplin made it clear they wanted change at City Hall with their decisive votes to replace two council members.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Serious drawbacks

    Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) lays out clearly and persuasively the serious drawbacks with so-called right-to-work legislation.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Free choice

    Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) regarding right-to-work seems to assume that if workers are given the choice of joining a union, they won’t join.

    April 16, 2014

Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. The proposed constitutional amendment passed the House earlier this month. If passed by the full Senate, the measure would head to the November ballot for voter approval. Would you vote in favor of it?

     View Results
NDN Video