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Information from edited news release . . .
Starting November 1st the City of Joplin will switch to its winter hours of operation at the Recycling Center and then keep the hours all year. The new hours will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, with Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday hours remaining from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mary Anne Phillips, Joplin Recycling Coordinator stated, “When we first opened 12 years ago, the intention was to give patrons some evening hours so those that had a basic nine-to-five, Monday through Friday job could still drop off their recyclables after work. But after analyzing the traffic count, seasonal darkness, and making it easier to remember, the decision was made to keep the same Tuesday and Thursday hours all year.”
The Recycling Center is located at 1310 West A Street, east of Maiden Lane, on the north side of the Public Works Center.
Phillips further stated that the Recycling Center is open to all area residents and businesses, regardless of residency.
The center accepts cardboard, fiberboard, magazines, office paper, newspapers, telephone books, plastic #1 and #2 bottles with necks, all colors of container glass, metal, packing peanuts, #2 plastic shopping bags, ink jet cartridges, all batteries, and waste electronics.
There is no charge to drop off any recyclables in part to a grant from Region M Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that helps to pay for the proper recycling of televisions and computer monitors.
The center also accepts (limited) household hazardous waste from residents of McDonald, Newton, Jasper, Barton and Vernon Counties. Business hazardous waste is never accepted.
Packing peanuts, bubble wrap, self-serve wood chips, books, plus a self-serve paper shredder are available for free at the Recycling Center.
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