A nearly unavoidable fee is going up for 1,000 households in Joplin in two weeks. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
Scottsdale, Arizona-based Republic Services, who reported an income of over 1.7 billion dollars for fiscal year 2020, announced Monday that it’s raising the cost of trash collection and recycling in Joplin by two percent starting April 1. Two percent of the current rate is a 24-cent increase. The price increase brings the new monthly billed price for trash service to $12.65 for residents living in a single-family dwelling or duplex.
These rates include a 55 cents City administration fee. Curbside recycling service, which is optional for residents, will see a 9-cent increase because of the 2% increase. This service will move to a monthly rate of $4.59. Less than a year ago, on July 5 of last year, Joplin signed a new five-year agreement with Republic. The city council nearly flipped the city’s contract to Waste Corporation of America before staying with Republic.