The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 7, 2014

Our View: It’s the starting place

— Joplin voters on Tuesday will be asked if the city should institute a curbside recycling program. What we know from a poll conducted by the Young Professionals Network is that if there was no charge associated with the program, then Proposition A would pass easily.

It is unquestionably the right thing to do in the here and now.

In fact, many of you can stop reading. We already had you at recycling. You will vote to institute the program not based on whether you think $3.03 a month is a bargain but because you know it’s a small price to pay compared to what your grandchildren will pay if Joplin does nothing.

They will be saddled with the problem of trying to open a new landfill, not to mention the environmental debt they will inherit.

But some of our readers suggest that the 10 cents a day it will cost them to pay for curbside convenience is more than they can afford. We do not doubt that they feel the burden of the increases in the cost of living.

While the $3.03 monthly cost is what is being quoted under the city’s current contract with its hauler, the City Council should be more aggressive in seeking alternatives through the bidding process rather than automatically renewing the hauler’s contract. But none of that will happen until the public takes the first step.

Right now, Joplin’s negative footprint on the planet increases because we have not decided to change our habits. We can’t keep throwing our cans, our paper and our plastic milk jugs all into one trash bin and call it good.

On Tuesday, signal with your vote that you are ready to move Joplin forward.

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