Updated release from the Town of Joplin:

JOPLIN, Mo. – Mother Nature has once again caused a disruption in garbage service for residents of Joplin. Republic Services, Joplin’s residential waste provider, announced that it will not be completing its routes today, Tuesday, February 9, for curbside trash and recycling collection due to weather conditions.

Normally, when a day is missed, Saturday is used to complete residential routes, but if two days are missed, Republic services resume their regular schedule for Joplin. Monday’s service was also canceled, so Monday and Tuesday customers will have all their waste picked up on their usual day next week. Residents should put extra trash in bags and place it next to their polycarts.

With the current forecast for more freezing precipitation, there could be more canceled days this week. The City will send notifications if this happens.

Republic and City officials have said safety is a top concern and are asking residents to be patient in these harsh weather conditions.

“Like all vehicles in these elements, heavy duty garbage trucks struggle on icy and snowy roads and alleys,” said Lynden Lawson, assistant director of public works operations.

If the City has an announcement about a service or closure due to inclement weather, it is posted on the City’s Facebook page. This information will also be shared with local media.

Residents can call the recycling coordinator at 417 624-0820, ext. 501 when there is a question as to whether garbage service will be delayed, or for any recycling, household hazardous waste, and garbage disposal concerns.