BY BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer

Tulsans for the most part like the new trash and recycling system that was implemented a month ago, a new poll shows.

An Oklahoma Poll of 311 likely city voters, conducted Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, indicates 29 percent strongly approve of the service, while 26 percent somewhat approve, 14 percent were uncertain, 7 percent somewhat disapprove and 24 percent strongly disapprove.

The margin of error is plus or minus 5.56 percentage points.’s Bill Shapard said that, since the full system only went into effect Oct 1., the approval level should grow as long as there aren’t any major problems.

“We found that when people got used to changing their behavior, they ended up liking it,” he said.

The city has moved from a trash system in which most people had twice-a-week service with unlimited throwaway to a system in which the basic service is once-a-week with provided carts and recycling.

For an additional service day or to discard trash or green waste in bags outside the carts costs more.

Shapard said the 24 percent that strongly disapprove of the service will be a tough group to win over.

“I think you can almost categorize some of them as people who didn’t like the change to begin with,” he said. “They will be harder to crack. But I think over the course of time that number will go down. Within a system, there’s always nonconformists.”

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About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 311 likely voters was conducted by, using a random digit dialing technique that included both cellphone and landline telephone numbers.

Interviewers collected the data Oct. 25-Nov. 1. Results were weighted by gender and phone status (cellphone only/landline only/both). The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World.

The margin of error is plus or minus 5.56 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.

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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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