Recycling numbers improve
August summit to focus on program
growth and hurdles
By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
Recycling in Blaine County is on the rise.
It’s been so successful, in fact, that
Southern Idaho Regional Solid Waste District’s recycling facilities at the Ohio
Gulch transfer station are beginning to show deficiencies.
Recycling on the rise. Timber
Warehime deposits glass bottles in a recycling bin at the Ohio Gulch Resource
Recovery Center. Express photo by David N. Seelig
"Recycling has been so successful here
we’re encountering certain operational challenges at the resource recovery
center," said Craig Barry, executive director of the Environmental Resource
Center, the organization charged with outreach and education efforts in Blaine
Exactly what the challenges are, however,
might not be clear until after an August summit of the various players in Blaine
County’s recycling game. The Blaine County Commissioners, solid waste district
and Environmental Resource Center members, to name a few, will sit down to
discuss operational and budgetary plans for the coming year.
"We’ll look at everything," Barry said.
The event is conditionally set for Aug.
There is no disputing, however, that
recycling is on the rise. In the last 20 months, recycling has increased 6.2
percent. In 2001, Blaine County recycled 1,142 tons of waste at the Ohio Gulch
facility. In 2004, Blaine County recycled 1,214 tons.
And recycling means cost savings to Blaine
County, Barry said.
For every 1,000 tons of increased
recycling, the county saves approximately $19,000 in avoided costs and could,
based on a two-year average, generate nearly $45,000 in recycling revenues,
In the two years the Environmental
Resource Center has been working on outreach, recycling rates have increased.
The next step is to try to capitalize on
the successes of the last few years, Barry said.