Recycling in a small, rural town can be rather difficult when you don’t know where/ how to start. This month, JULIE will be laying out some pretty simple step to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle starting right here in our community!

First thing’s first, did you know Joplin now has a curbside recycling program? It’s seriously so easy to sign up for too! You just go to http://local.republicservices.com/site/joplin and sign up online. It’s a tiny $4.75 a month (just added to your current trash bill), but you won’t have to meddle with taking everything to the recycling center all of the time.

Speaking of the recycling center, we have one! Located on 1310 West A Street, just about everything is recyclable there. The hours are strange but doable, open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the Center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Another option (if you want to make a little moolah) is to take your cans/ metals to the Missouri Metal Recycling in Webb City (near the praying hands) at 515 Ware St., Webb City, MO. They are open daily 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and accept almost all scrap metal and aluminum cans.

Recycling is SUCH a great thing to do though and now that our great city has provided us with so many ways to do so, there’s really no excuse! If you have any questions, you can even call the city of Joplin at 417-624-0820.

Now that we’ve got recycling on lock, let’s look into other 3 other ways to be more eco-friendly on a day-to-day basis in this great town.:

  1. Ride your bikes! It’s beautiful outside thanks to global warming, so let’s take advantage.
  2. Pick up trash- Now, this one might sound weird, but trust me, it’s actually super fun and fulfilling. My two friends Justin and Amanda got me hooked on this trend and it’s actually so fulfilling and fun if you get some people to join you or just put those tunes on! Grab some bags and just hit a few blocks when you can and you’ll be surprised at how great you feel afterwards, trust me!
  3. Don’t waste your food and reduce your meat intake. One of the greatest contributors of greenhouse gases/ to global warming actually comes from the meat industry. Cutting back is not only great for your health, but good for our ecosystem!

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Remember that every little contribution is great and counts and have fun with it!

Let’s make Joplin green again!

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