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A new look is revealing what’s been going out with the recycling in Pocatello.
Western Recycling, the City’s recycling contractor, recently conducted a survey of what items are being placed into the City’s recycling autocarts. The study reveals that more than half of what’s being sent for recycling is mixed paper products. Meanwhile, over a third is attributed to cardboard, plastics account for close to seven percent, and aluminum and tin make up just over one percent and almost two percent respectively. Also, included in the count was how much trash and unrecyclable goods are going into the bins and it’s this number that has officials most excited.
“Only 4.1 percent of our recyclable collection is trash; that is well below national averages,” said Debbie Brady, Recycling Coordinator with the City of Pocatello. “It’s been a combination of efforts to keep contamination to a minimum, from educating the public to City employees monitoring what is in the carts. In the end though, it’s Pocatello residents who have been diligent in only putting recyclables in their autocarts and we are extremely grateful to them for that.”
Across the country, a 2013 study by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation found an average contamination rate of 16 percent at nearly 100 facilities surveyed.
According to the Western Recycling, they arrived at their numbers after sampling nearly 7,800 pounds worth of material in the autocarts.
For more information on the programs and services available to residents from the Sanitation Department, visit pocatello.us/sanitation.