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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
59% 154
36% 94
Not sure.
4% 12
Total 260


KLATTU 9 years, 6 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."

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 9 years, 6 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.

alm77 9 years, 6 months ago

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

gaston 9 years, 6 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.

monkeyhawk 9 years, 6 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.

mkhana 9 years, 6 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!.

jonas_opines 9 years, 6 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.

gl0ck0wn3r 9 years, 6 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.

tyger_lily 9 years, 6 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.

JimmyJoeBob 9 years, 6 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

canyon_wren 9 years, 6 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!

dlkrm 9 years, 6 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.

quailrun 9 years, 6 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.

mrsjay 9 years, 6 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.

classclown 9 years, 6 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.

madameX 9 years, 6 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.

classclown 9 years, 6 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?

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 6 months ago

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

mmmskyscraper 9 years, 6 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.

S0uPnAzi 9 years, 6 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.

HawkitToEm 9 years, 6 months ago

Sunflower Curbisde Recycling! your local curbside recycler

Jonathan Kealing 9 years, 6 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

Kat Christian 9 years, 6 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!!

SpeedRacer 9 years, 6 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. 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.

birdsandflowers 9 years, 6 months ago

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

BigPrune 9 years, 6 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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