By Debby Woodin
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Joplin residents will vote on whether to increase trash bills by $3.03 a month to pay for curbside recycling.
The Joplin City Council on Monday night voted to hold a special election Aug. 6 on the question.
Three recycling options were discussed.
The least costly proposal is to have curbside recycling collection every other week for $1.75 a month with a limit on trash pickup to the contents of one cart.
Weekly curbside recycling was offered at the highest cost, $5.45 a month.
A survey taken by the Young Professionals Network of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce of approximately 735 residents showed that nearly half would support a fee of $1 to $3 for curbside recycling weekly or every other week.
An effort by Councilman Michael Seibert to get the council to enact the $3.03 option by ordinance based on the survey results instead of a special election failed to get any votes other than his own.
It will cost the city an estimated $24,000 to $26,000 to have the special election conducted.