The 1990 Missouri State Senate Bill 530 set a mandate stating all communities should set a 40 percent solid waste reduction goal. Although the bill has led to successes in many communities, there are no penalties for those communities that do not achieve the goal.
Therefore, the job of waste reduction lies within volunteer efforts of the community itself.
"A city can pass laws and build recycling plants, but in order for any program to be successful it needs the support of the community," said Steve Dukes, executive director of the Bootheel Planning and Economic Development Committee.
Dukes said the citizens of the community must show interest in a program before the city will implement a recycling program.
That is the exact advice Jiggs Moore, Sikeston Parks and Recreations director, gives to those desiring a city recycling program.
"Anyone interested (in a city recycling program) can contact me or come to the next city council meeting and voice their interest," said Moore. "The more interest that is shown the more impact it will make."
The contract with Sonny's expires at the end of this year and negotiations for a new contract will begin this fall. Moore said any changes in the recycling program will affect the contract, so any action to extend the recycling program needs to be discussed before a new contract with Sonny's is signed.
There is currently an e-mail set up that serves as an online petition to institute a new recycling program in Sikeston. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, supporters can write their names or share their ideas through the account.