By ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer

Satisfaction with Tulsa’s trash system is growing, but most residents disapprove of incinerating green waste and want refunds for green waste charges, a poll shows.

An Oklahoma Poll of 400 Tulsans conducted Nov. 1-5 indicates that 64.2 percent of likely voters approve of the trash system, up from 55.3 percent a year ago.

As for green waste, 62.6 percent of respondents said they would prefer the city mulch or compost the material as officials intended — even if it costs more — while 21.6 percent indicated that they approve of burning green waste.

The margin of error is 4.9 percent.

The city began incinerating curbside green waste shortly after the beginning of the new trash system Oct. 1, 2012, because equipment at its mulching plant could not remove the plastic bags in which residents were asked to place the material.

But because the city for months still charged for separate green waste service through 50-cent stickers and a 70-cent monthly fee, some officials have suggested that the city’s 116,500 trash customers — or at least those who bought stickers — be issued refunds, rebates or some other compensation.

City officials said that beginning last month, at least some of the green waste was being manually debagged and disposed of at the city’s green waste facility.

Rebecca Jones was among the 60.5 percent of Oklahoma Poll participants who said they think the city should issue refunds, particularly for the monthly fee.

“I was pretty mad about that because they kind of did it underhandedly, and so I think there should be a little bit of payment for that,” she said.

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About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 401 likely voters was conducted November 1-5 by, using a random digit-dialing technique that included cellphone and landline telephone numbers. Results were weighted by gender, age and party. The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

This poll conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

The full Call Dispositions and Rate Calculations were calculated by and is available here.

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Bill is the founder of and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004. Under Bill’s leadership, SoonerPoll has become the leading public opinion polling company in the state of Oklahoma conducting more public opinion polls for Oklahoma news media than all other pollsters combined since 2006. Bill’s commitment to go above and beyond the AAPOR ethical guidelines of minimum disclosure ensures that SoonerPoll produces quality results every time. Bill has lectured at Oklahoma State University on developing polling methodologies, data collection processes, and advanced likely voter sampling techniques. Bill also serves as an on-air political commentator for Oklahoma television stations.


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