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Joplin Curbside Recycling Proposal

Curbside recycling service would be offered twice a month, and would include most recyclable items except glass.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin voters will get the chance to share their opinions on curbside recycling this April.

"We need to be doing what we can to conserve what we have right now," said Sara Williams, Joplin Resident. 

Sara Williams says she goes green all the way.

"If I come to plastic, I recycle them. I put them in greenhouses, birdhouses, anyway I can do it I recycle," said Williams. 

An advisory issue on Joplin's April ballot could make it a lot easier for Williams to keep recycling.

"It's not binding and it just says 'shall the city of Joplin, city council pass an ordinance dealing with curbside recycling," said Mary Anne Phillips, Joplin Recycling Coordinator. 

Meaning the existing trash service would pick up recycling curbside every other week. If approved, the council would still have to officially vote whether or not to implement it.

"So we have started way back in 2010 to at least get ready for this, if this is what the citizens want," said Phillips. 

The service would cost residents $3.03 more on their monthly trash bill. Citizens like Jim Ware say they support the idea.

"I throw a deal of trash everyday, if I could recycle some of that, better off," said Jim Ware, Joplin Resident. 

He says at his age, he can't make it out across town to the recycling center.

"If we could do it at the curb, I'd do it in a minute," said Ware. 

While Robert Hubbard supports the initiative, he understands why other people may not.

"Some people are just uptight with their money I guess you could say. They don't like to spend a lot on what they feel they don't need," said Robert Hubbard, Joplin Resident. 

Curbside recycling service would be offered twice a month, and would include most recyclable items except glass.

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