The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 11, 2014

Our View: Recycle the plan

— Efforts to get curbside recycling for Joplin must continue. We don’t think there is anyone who can honestly say it’s not the right thing to do.

Paying for it, however, is the obvious sticking point among Joplin residents.

Here’s what we know based on Tuesday’s election and how voters responded to a proposal that sought advice from Joplin residents, but did not bind the city to a decision. By the way, the language of the proposal on the ballot communicated to 18,000 households that if curbside recycling passed, it would automatically mean a $3.03 monthly increase at each home to have recycled materials picked up at the curb. That’s not necessarily set in stone.

Joplin residents living in Newton County passed the proposal 811 to 725. Those residents may have figured that they are driving a distance to Joplin’s recycling center on A Street and that they would save gas money. Or perhaps that particular group of voters just said it’s the right thing to do, period.

On the Jasper County side of Joplin, the proposal failed. There were 3,110 “no” votes and 2,655 “yes” votes.

Combined, the proposal failed by 369 votes.

The Young Professionals Network, which has adopted this initiative as its own and has surveyed residents, presented information to the City Council, then campaigned for the change, isn’t calling it quits. Nor should it.

Expect to see its members back before the newly elected council soon, pushing for a deal that won’t cost Joplin residents. Good for them.

More important, good for Joplin and its future, if this group of young business leaders can achieve what should be a goal for the entire city.

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