Due to citizens' recycling efforts, the amount of waste that valley-based Clear Creek Disposal has dumped in the Ohio Gulch landfill has remained almost constant, despite a big increase in trash pickups.
At a Hailey City Council meeting Thursday, Dec. 20, company spokesman Mike Goitiandia presented statistics that showed an increase of nearly 600 residential pick-up stops in Hailey between 2004 and 2007. The current number of residential pick-ups is 2,678, all with the option of recycling.
"Our recycle diversion rate in 2004 was 8 percent," he said. "In 2006 it was 18 percent."
Goitiandia said the company had been writing 'oops tickets' reminding people that the company will not pick up recycle items unless they are separated into their proper bins.
He said Clear Creek has plans to expand its recycling program next year to include construction waste. Under the plan, separate containers will be placed at construction sites to gather wood waste recycling.
"We look forward to working with the Hailey Environmental Leadership Program on implementing this project," he said, referring to the new name and expanded mission for Hailey's Climate Protection Committee.