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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Joplin Insider program focuses on Recycling Center’s 20th Anniversary & Phillips’ retirement

In the next program of Joplin Insider, viewers will learn more about the beginning stages of recycling in Joplin as MaryAnne Phillips, Recycling Coordinator, visits with Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot. With Phillips retiring in mid-January, she tells of her 22 years at the City and how recycling efforts have changed since her hiring because of citizens becoming more involved and aware of their options. She also offers some of the highlights and milestones she has experienced during her career.

On January 11, 2000, the City opened a modest drop-off recycling center carved out of repurposed land at the Public Works Center.  Originally open for four hours per day with a part-time employee, the Center accepted only container glass, plastic bottles, mixed paper, cardboard, newspaper, and metal cans.  At the completion of the year, approximately 12,052 vehicles came through and dropped off 279 tons of commodities. Fast forward to January 2020, the Center now hosts over 30,000 vehicles a year using a six-hour day, two full-time employees, and valuable volunteers. 

In June 2016, Phillips was pleased to reach her ultimate goal of offering curbside recycling to Joplin residents.  

This episode of Joplin Insider, the City’s 30-minute interview television show, will air several times throughout upcoming months and will be shown next week on:

Mon. Jan. 20 – 6 p.m.

Wed. Jan. 22 – 6 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 26 – 9 p.m.

Mon. Jan. 27 – 6 p.m.

Tue. Jan. 28 – 8:30 p.m.

The program is also posted on YouTube:

Joplin Insider is in cooperation with KGCS-TV and the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University. KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22, and on regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

To view the program....