Friday, September 28, 2012

Recycling changes start Monday

Glass no longer accepted curbside

Express Staff Writer

Glass won’t be picked up curbside beginning Monday, but a change to Blaine County’s recycling program to simplify sorting should make things easier for valley homeowners.

Starting Monday, Blaine County residents who have their recycling picked up curbside—including in the cities—will only be required to sort recyclables into three bins: metal, plastic and mixed paper.

Newspapers, magazines and cereal boxes can now be combined in one, as can aluminum and tin cans.

Glass will no longer be picked up curbside, but Blaine County Operations Director Char Nelson said residents should drop glass of at various locations across the valley. If glass is dropped in trash, that increases both the weight and volume of trash that needs to be picked up by haulers and trucked to a landfill, she said.

“If everyone started putting glass in the trash, haulers might have to raise the rates,” she said.

Haulers are not charged to leave recycled items at the newly renamed Blaine County Recycle Center on Ohio Gulch Road, but they are charged $65 per ton for trash.

Glass and cardboard can be dropped off at the following locations: Sun Valley City Hall, Elkhorn Fire Station, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Spruce Street in Ketchum, the Blaine County Recycle Center on Ohio Gulch Road, the Hailey Fire Department, the Hailey Park and Ride on the corner of River and Bullion streets, and at the Carey Transfer Station on U.S. Highway 20.

Business owners and apartment complex managers can contact Clear Creek Disposal or Independent Rubbish to arrange for pickup of glass and cardboard.

Kate Wutz:

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