The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 15, 2012

Council to hear pitch for curbside recycling

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin’s franchised trash hauler has a curbside recycling offer to propose to city officials.

Jennifer Fagan, governmental affairs manager for Allied Waste Services of Galena, has asked to address the City Council today to discuss proposals.

Some council members had asked for a curbside recycling program in response to requests by residents, but Fagan had said the company would have to find a company to take the material for recycling and determine how it would transported to a recycler.

Fagan has submitted a letter to the city outlining some possibilities for providing curbside recycling along with its current trash pickup. Her presentation has been scheduled for the council’s informal meeting at 5:15 p.m. today.

“It’s information we are going to listen to,” said Public Works Director David Hertzberg. “It doesn’t mean any change is going to come.”

Mary Anne Phillips, the city’s recycling coordinator, said that a number of residents who bring material to the city’s recycling center have asked about whether the city could provide curbside pickup. She said that curbside recycling also is listed as a service residents want in the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team’s public input report.

Phillips said that the program to be offered by Allied Waste would allow residents to place all recyclable materials in a disposal cart, like the current trash carts, for the collection of newspaper, cardboard, plastic bags, bottles and aluminum cans. All of that would then be hauled to a Kansas City plant for sorting and dispersal to recyclers.

According to Fagan’s letter, the company is offering three options. One would provide a cart and weekly recycling collection along with the current trash collection services for $5.20 more a month per household. Two other options would limit the amount of pickup to cart contents only weekly, for $4.32 per month or every other week for $2.50 more a month.

Joplin’s trash rate is set by a contract the city has with Allied Waste at $11.33 this year for residential service. The contract is in effect until 2015 and ties trash rate increases  to the Consumer Price Index or transportation index, whichever is greater. But raises are capped at 10 percent. Last year there was no raise and Allied converted to the use of blue polycarts.

The city also contracts with Allied to give Joplin residents lower fees for bulky item disposal.

Residents who wish to dispose of recyclables now may take them to the Joplin Recycling Center, 1310 W. A St. It is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The center accepts cardboard, fiberboard, magazines, office paper, newspapers, telephone books, plastic No. 1 and No. 2 bottles with necks, glass, metal cans, packing peanuts, No. 2 shopping bags, inkjet and toner cartridges, old electronics such as television sets and computers, and batteries.

The center offers free packing materials, wood chips and the use of a document shredder.

Chemical disposal

Residents of Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Barton and Vernon counties may take household chemicals such as paint and insecticides for disposal at the Joplin Recycling Center to keep them out of landfills.


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