Monday, May 30, 2011

City of Joplin suspends bulky items dropoff program

(From the city of Joplin)

The City of Joplin announces the temporary suspension of the subsidized bulky items drop-off program at the Allied Waste Transfer Station in Galena. This closing is due to the May 22, 2011 tornado event, and because the rules, funding, safety and premise of the bulky items program no longer exist. Effective May 31, 2011, residents will no longer be able to bring their bulky items and tree limbs to the Allied Waste Transfer Station. This suspension will continue until June 30, 2011, and may be extended.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience, but reminds residents in the “unaffected tornado damage area” they are still able to set bulky items at the curb for weekly trash service. Such items consist of furniture; mattresses; televisions; microwave ovens; carpet that has been bundled to 50 pounds maximum, four feet maximum; and tree limbs and brush bundled and cut to four foot maximum lengths, minimum 50 pounds. Residents must contact Allied Waste at 800-431-1507 to request this free service.

The City of Joplin residential trash pickup schedule will change due to the Memorial Day holiday. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, residential trash will NOT be picked up. Customers who usually have trash picked up on Mondays will have their trash picked up on Tuesday, May 30. For the remainder of the week of May 29th through June 4th, the residential trash collection will move forward one day with Tuesday’s customers having Wednesday pick-up, and so on, through Saturday, June 4th which will be Friday’s collection day. Allied Waste is making every effort to pick up the trash in the unaffected area and are able to pick up trash in some of the affected area. Due to traffic issues, Allied will be running these residential routes before 6 a.m., therefore trash should be set trash out the night before.

Once FEMA and The Army Corp. of Engineers contractors start the clean up and collection process, public information will be disseminated similar to the drawing on the opposite side.

The Joplin Recycling Center and Leaf and Grass Drop-Off area is closed until further notice due to the staff and resources being reassigned. Cardboard, office paper, newspaper, container glass, plastic bottles and metal cans can be recycled at Joplin Waste Paper, 3178 North Kentucky on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many other recycling centers are available throughout Joplin, Carthage and Pittsburg, Kansas. For a complete listing, consult the city’s website at

All of the free wood chip giveaway events are also cancelled until further notice.

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