Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Don't give up on recycling

Recycling is an important part of waste management in the Wood River Valley. However, it is important to remember that it is the third tier in the waste management hierarchy, following source reduction and re-use.

Recently, recycling markets have seen a dramatic downturn. As a result, many local recycling programs are in severe financial trouble, and some are threatened with elimination due to the budget constraints of their local governments.

Despite these economic difficulties, Southern Idaho Solid Waste, which operates the Blaine County Resource Recovery Center, remains committed to providing recycling services in Blaine County. Southern Idaho Solid Waste will continue to recycle the materials currently collected at the Blaine County Recycling Center as markets allow; however, the expansion of recycling services that Wood River Valley residents have enjoyed over the past few years will likely need to be put on hold until the program is on more certain financial footing.

In the meantime, you can help reduce the strain on our local recycling programs by creating less waste in general. Remember that recycling is still a form of disposal, and that you can have a greater positive impact on the environment by reducing your consumption of over-packaged items and disposables.

Robin Baumgartner

Twin Falls

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