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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION-Tire/Appliance/Electronic Drop Off at Recycling Center
To celebrate Earth Day, the City of Joplin Recycling Department and Empire District Electric Company will host a FREE event to educate and encourage citizens to utilize environmental-friendly activities in their daily lives. On Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, Joplin residents and Empire District Electric Company residential customers may bring their old tires, appliances, and electronics to the Joplin Recycling Center, 1310 West A Street from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tires must be automotive passenger type only, with or without rims. Up to ten tires per Joplin household will be accepted. Commercial, large truck or racecar tires will not be accepted. If a commercial tire business needs help contracting with a tire disposal company, they should contact Mary Anne Phillips, Joplin Recycling Coordinator, (417) 624-0820 Ext. 501. The tire portion of this free event is partially due to a grant from Region M Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Empire District Electric Company’s sponsorship. The tires will be hauled to a processor for chipping, then sent to Empire’s Asbury, Missouri power plant and used as fuel to make electricity. Since 2002 Empire has used the equivalent of over 4.8 million passenger tires to create electricity for their customers.

Joplin residents and Joplin residential landlords may also utilize this event as an opportunity to bring their appliances to the Recycling Center. Appliances that will be accepted, with or without Freon, include stoves, ovens, freezers, dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners, microwave ovens, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers and humidifiers.

In order to conserve landfill space and keep hazardous materials from the landfills, whole tires and large appliances (or white goods as they are sometimes called) were banned from Kansas and Missouri landfills many years ago. Metal scrap dealers or recyclers will take appliances year round, but only after the compressors have been removed and the Freon, or refrigerant, has been legally evacuated.

Old electronic equipment or end-of-life electronics (also known as e-waste) will also be accepted from Joplin residents and Joplin residential landlords during this special event. Electronic items that will be accepted are microwave ovens; scanners; all types of televisions; computers, laptop computers, monitors, speakers, keyboards, mice, and other peripherals and components; adding and answering machines; typewriters; paper shredders; power strips/packs; wires and cords; pagers; all types of telephones including cellular telephones; small printers, facsimile machines, and small combination printers with facsimile and copying features; radios, audio and video equipment; and cameras. There is a limit of 10 televisions and 10 monitors per household. Photocopiers will not be accepted.

This event is important because computers that are dumped in landfills may leach out toxic materials including forms of lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, chromium, and brominated flame retardants. Additionally, electronics are made with precious metals, engineered plastics, glass, and other materials that are recyclable. Using these recovered materials in the production of products generates less energy and creates less pollution than the manufacture of virgin materials.

All electronic items will be recycled by eSCO Processing and Recycling of Rogers, Arkansas. This company is an ISO 14001 and an e-Stewards certified recycler, plus a registered Microsoft re-furbisher.

Throughout the year, the center accepts cardboard, fiberboard, magazines, office paper, newspapers, telephone books, plastic #1 and #2 bottles with necks, all colors of container glass, metal, packing peanuts, #2 plastic shopping bags, ink jet cartridges, all batteries, and waste electronics. The center also accepts (limited) household hazardous waste from residents of McDonald, Newton, Jasper, Barton and Vernon Counties due in part to Region M and DNR grant funding. Business hazardous waste is never accepted.

Packing materials, used books and magazines, and a self-serve paper shredder are available for free at the Recycling Center.

For more information regarding event details, or to volunteer, contact Mary Anne Phillips, City of Joplin Recycling Coordinator at 417-624-0820 Ext. 501, or the City’s web site at

Note: the “e” in eSCO and e-Stewards is lower case.