Recycling to begin
(finally) at Ketchum post office
Express Staff Writer
two months after the new Ketchum post office opened, newspapers and
catalogs are scheduled to start being recycled there this week.
container photographed Friday behind the Ketchum post office contains
not only trash, but catalogs, newspapers and junk mail intended for
recycling. Express photo by Greg Moore
a delay in contracting with a recycling pickup service, materials
deposited by patrons in the recycling bins have not been getting recycled—they’ve
been thrown in the trash.
Bins in the
lobby were marked for recycled materials in late August. However,
Postmaster John McDonald said he has spent the time since then trying to
line up a local company called Recycling Services to pick up the
materials. Wood River Rubbish had been doing that job at the old post
office, but McDonald said he wanted to give the business to the smaller
He said the
company did not return his phone calls and he did not learn until last
week that it couldn’t do the work. However, Recycling Services co-owner
Tiffany Landrum said she informed the post office’s maintenance manager
two weeks ago that her company did not have the equipment to take on the
afternoon, a Mountain Express reporter talked to a post office janitor
about the recycling and photographed the recycled materials dumped in the
trash container behind the building.
operations manager for Wood River Rubbish, said he received a phone call
on Monday morning from the post office’s maintenance manager asking the
company to put five pickup bins for glossy paper and two for newspaper
behind the building.
called me this morning three times," Inman said. "I told him I’d
get them there and he wanted to know where they were at, where they were
at. I told him I’d just shut down shop right now and make him the
number-one priority and I’ll get them there."
the recycling service will cost the post office $18 a month, and that his
company makes no profit on recycling.
basically a community service," he said.