With all the land around us, why do we need to recycle? We could keep building landfills forever.
Idaho’s abundance of land can be seen as both a blessing and a curse, when it comes to being stewards of the environment.

For example, the State of Idaho is one of few states that has no landfill diversion goals. Yet, the Department of Environmental Quality states, “As existing landfills fill up, it will be necessary to build new landfills, which are very expensive to construct. Higher disposal fees will be needed to cover the cost of building new landfills, which may tip the economic incentive to recycling and pollution prevention.”

Not only are we filling our landfills faster than necessary, but we’re spending money to bury valuable materials!

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1. When is my recycling picked up?
2. What items cannot be recycled?
3. Why aren't we sorting, removing caps and labels, and washing containers?
4. Who is going to do all the work of sorting the materials?
5. What is an MRF and where is the nearest one?
6. Why should I recycle?
7. With all the land around us, why do we need to recycle? We could keep building landfills forever.
8. If I have more questions about recycling who should I contact?