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Would you be willing to pay an additional annual fee of $100 to have curbside recycling service in Lawrence?

Response Percent Votes
No.
 
59% 154
Yes.
 
36% 94
Not sure.
 
4% 12
Total 260

Comments

BigPrune 5 years, 5 months ago

In the tough economic times and even if it were good times, there is no way in hell I would pay $100 for curbside recycling. Of course I know from recent experience of the past election that the idiots of Lawrence would be in favor of such a fee. Perhaps this fee should be prorated and paid for only by KU students even though their fee would cover the rest of Lawrence. Now it sounds like a fair deal.

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birdsandflowers 5 years, 5 months ago

Hey, everyone check out the website www.recyclebank.com. Sounds like a program the City of Lawrence should look into. If you agree, contact our commissioners.

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SpeedRacer 5 years, 5 months ago

My father lives in Franklin (Williamson County) TN and they have recycling and convenience centers for free drop off. They are conveniently located and have bins for everything. Proceeds from the recycled items go to schools and community environmental projects. Additionally, vans are located at the sites to accept items for Habitat, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. A real one stop recycling center. http://www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/DocumentView.asp?DID=822I have utilized the household hazardous waste center on 23rd street which is definitely not conveniently located for me, but at least it is a start.

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waka1 5 years, 5 months ago

if i had my own place i would be all for recycling although i wouldnt want to pay for it. my buddie that i am crashing with is all for it though

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Pilgrim 5 years, 5 months ago

NO! Maybe if they pay ME $100 a year. If these items are truly being recycled, then I become a raw materials supplier for someone's for-profit finished product. As such, I should be paid, just like every other raw materials supplier in the world.If these items are not being recycled, then quit lying about it and just tell us you're raising the fee by $100 for a service I'm already paying for.

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Kat Christian 5 years, 5 months ago

I agree with you mk if they recycle more than just paper and milk bottles. I'd do it if I don't have to seperate and pack differently. I tried the Walmart thingy but it got to be too much work and time consuming for me. Walmart got too picky as to what went where and just got too confusing for me. So I've given it up - back the trashing it. Sorry folks. Recycling may help but it only put a band-aid on the problem. I think the best answer to this is repackaging - start where it begins - at the factory. We use too much plastic in product packaging and too much double or trible packaging. It's unnecessary. No wander there is so much trash. DUH!!

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Pilgrim 5 years, 5 months ago

Not just no, but hell no! I might if they paid ME $100 a year. If the items are truly being recycled, then I just became a raw materials supplier for somebody's for-profit final product. As such, I should be paid just like every other raw materials supplier in the world.If the items are NOT being recycled, then quit lying about it and tell us you're just charging an extra fee for a trash collection service I'm already paying for.

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Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 5 months ago

Hello everyone,It seems our polls busted when we upgraded our code base Monday night and Tuesday morning. We're working to get it fixed as soon we can and I ask for your patience.Jonathan KealingOnline editor

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HawkitToEm 5 years, 5 months ago

Sunflower Curbisde Recycling! your local curbside recycler kansasrecycles.com

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S0uPnAzi 5 years, 5 months ago

I think more to a point previously made is, is the question that everyone pays $100 more a year whether they use it or not, or just if you use it you pay $100. I think $100 a year is kind of steep, it's the sort of misleading question a marketer would ask. $100 a year comes out to roughly $8.30 a month, and if they could get that down to $6 a month, I'd be on board. I'd have to say no, to the question as posted.

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XD40 5 years, 5 months ago

I say 'No'. There are private companies already providing the service. Why would the government want to run them out of business?

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mmmskyscraper 5 years, 5 months ago

"madameX (Anonymous) says… There are already companies that do curbside recycling. The people who want to use them and pay for the service do. Having the city do the same thing would be redundant."Agreed. It's not a big deal to me to load up my car every now and then and drive to a recycling center.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 5 months ago

Simply demand curbside recycling as an "essential service" and have other people (the tax payers) pick up the tab for your recycling.

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classclown 5 years, 5 months ago

My vote wasn't recorded either. Also has anyone else noticed that when you look at your or someone else's comment history that there are no longer any links to the stories that were commented on?

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madameX 5 years, 5 months ago

There are already companies that do curbside recycling. The people who want to use them and pay for the service do. Having the city do the same thing would be redundant.

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classclown 5 years, 5 months ago

Stain (Anonymous) says…Another thought:Newspaper and cardboard are compostable. When the city picks up yard waste on Mondays, why couldn't they allow newspaper/cardboard to be included in the yard waste which they compost?============================The problem with that is the ink. As far as the newspapers go, the black ink is fine, but the colored inks are toxic to plants. I imagine inks on cardboard would pose the same problem. Then the city would end up with a bunch of compost like they did a few years back that killed everyone's plants.

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macon47 5 years, 5 months ago

i use bins all over town to drop of recyclablesas i run my errands, what makes otherpeoples time so valuable?the city does not need to competewith private industry just to appeasethe lazy boys and girls

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mrsjay 5 years, 5 months ago

Residents should be encouraged to recycle, with rates reduced for those who separate their trash. Perhaps it should cost more to haul stuff off to the landfill.

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consumer1 5 years, 5 months ago

I would be willing to drive to your house and pick up and recycle any old ten dollar bills or twenties you have lying around. There will be a slight charge for this service.

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quailrun 5 years, 5 months ago

the profit of just the aluminum cans they will come across will pay for the service, without charging anybody a single dime. find another way to bleed us, I'm surprised you haven't put a quarter slot on water fountains yet ! damn I better stop giving ideas.

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toe 5 years, 5 months ago

Is in mandatory? If so, no. It recycling becomes a requirement, I would want to see the entire trash service privatized and competition allowed into Lawrence.

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Stain 5 years, 5 months ago

Mandatory curbside recycling is a good idea. Charging $100 per household stinks. This city commission wants to charge more and tax more for everything. Their priorities are not my priorities. They can do this without charging that much more. They need to study how other cities do it successfully.

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dlkrm 5 years, 5 months ago

I clicked "no" but it wouldn't record my vote. I clicked "no" because "absolutely not, that is an asinine idea" wasn't a choice.

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canyon_wren 5 years, 5 months ago

As in the past, posters will probably point out that since I DON'T live in Lawrence, my opinion is worthless, BUT...In my community (under 10,000 pop., valley-wide), we can sign up for a private recycling program which costs $10 a month and picks up weekly. They pick up all recyclables. We just put everything in a blue tub and the fellow who comes by does the sorting as he empties the tub. Although I ordinarily only have enough for a once-a-month pickup, it is worth $120 a year to me to have the program available in the community. Since it is a private business, I don't consider it a tax. However, I do NOT think anything like that should be mandatory--"offered" by the City of Lawrence. It seems like, even in a town the size of Lawrence, it would be a good business for someone!

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JimmyJoeBob 5 years, 5 months ago

I just watched an episode on ABC News last night that showed a company paying people to recycle. Although it was minimal amount

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autie 5 years, 5 months ago

A really big IF? If everyone recycled all they could; glass, plastics, metals, paper and composted their garbage..how much would that reduce the overall landfill dumping and tipping fee cost?

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Stain 5 years, 5 months ago

mkhana:Re clothing recycling, there are bins for clothes at Ace Hardware on 6th street in the parking lot. Also the Disabled American Vets pick up from your porch every few weeks. They send us a notice with a pink garbage bag in the mail every so often. I'm sure you could get on that mailing list. It's tax deductible donation.

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tyger_lily 5 years, 5 months ago

Nope, sure won't. I just bought a house in and am moving to Bonner Springs next week. They already have curbside recycling as part of trash pickup. Funny how a small town like Bonner can already have this done but the 'progressive' Lawrence cannot.

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Stain 5 years, 5 months ago

Another thought: Newspaper and cardboard are compostable. When the city picks up yard waste on Mondays, why couldn't they allow newspaper/cardboard to be included in the yard waste which they compost?

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Stain 5 years, 5 months ago

I would be willing to pay more if they recycled everything that is recyclable and if the recycling was mandatory. That is how it is in Portland. They pick up 1 extra thing every week - one week it is glass, next week plastics, next week metals, etc. $100 per household seems like a lot though. I do not think it would cost that much. They city could deliver the recyclables to that business on 12th that takes recyclables, I'm sure they would be happy to deal with the stuff. Or the city could make the cash off the stuff, to offset the cost.. If recycling is just optional for customers, I wouldn't pay more. I would rather see the city set up more self-recycling locations.The place at the NW corner of 12th and New Hampshire or Delaware or whatever (forget) takes everything, pays for aluminum, and is easy to go to because nearly everybody goes downtown once in awhile. They are open Saturday mornings too. You can recycle newspaper, cardboard, and all kinds of mixed paper (junk mail, catalogs, magazines, pasteboard like cereal cartons and egg cartons) at Dillons and Checkers where they have bins. I wish they could add bins for plastic grocery bags, which seem to accumulate at my house even though we use canvas bags. I'd be happy to have the city take plastic, glass and metal curbside, if it was mandatory for everyone and the cost was more like $2 a month.

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gl0ck0wn3r 5 years, 5 months ago

This is brought to you by the same folks who brought you the sales taxes. It is, essentially, a tax on garbage and is not optional. Enjoy.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 5 months ago

The question as it stands is somewhat ambiguous anyway. I would vote yes for this question, I would love to be able to pay $100 for a year's worth of curbside recycling. Requiring everybody to pay $100 so we can have curbside recycling, that's a little trickier. I'd probably vote no if that was the question.

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ecological_architect_my_foot 5 years, 5 months ago

Like Spiderman suggests lets put a recycling center at the SW corner of the LHS practice fields. It is nothing but a private dog-poop park for the neighbors right now. If the neighbors don't want noisy kids, lets commit the space for another public purpose.....recycling.

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spiderman 5 years, 5 months ago

we need more recycling centers not curbside pickup !

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mkhana 5 years, 5 months ago

I am willing to pay if they are going to recycle EVERYTHING, and not just paper and water bottles. The recycling effort would have to include ALL that the Wal-Mart Recycle center offers and some (eg clothes). Otherwise it will not be worth the "$100 x all residents in Lawrence" revenue that the City will generate!.

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 5 months ago

All JW polls should be considered to be bogus, monkeyhawk. They're not meant to be "real" polls.

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monkeyhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Same thing just happened to me, Uhlrick. Maybe I didn't vote the way the poll sponsor wanted me to.This poll should be considered to be bogus.

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gaston 5 years, 5 months ago

I would not be willing to pay an additional $100. Sometimes I think this city government lays awake nights thinking up new taxes and fees. Disgusting! If people want to recycle, they can go do it themselves.

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alm77 5 years, 5 months ago

I already pay $32 every other month, so why not. Although I do like the idea that I'm supporting a business.

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Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 5 years, 5 months ago

Hmmm, this is the second day in a row that my vote wasn't counted because it says I've already voted. Not so.

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KLATTU 5 years, 5 months ago

Joe (McCarthy) the plumber says "Recyclers are commie pinkos! If God didn't want us to trash this planet, he wouldn't have put a bunch of dumb rednecks here."

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