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Recycling saves natural resources. The national recycling rate of 30% saves the equivalent of more than 5 million gallons of gasoline, reducing dependence on foreign oil by 114 million barrels. Paper recycling saves up to 70% of the energy needed to create paper from new timber. Aluminum recycling saves up to 95% of the energy required to make new aluminum from raw ore (equivalent to filling the can 2/3 full of gasoline). Recycled paper uses 80% less water and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production. Landfills last longer when recyclables are being diverted. Recycling creates far more jobs than do landfills or incinerators.
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Recycle carts are collected every other week on Yellow Schedule A or Blue Schedule B on the same day as regular garbage collection. Place carts out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.
See what items cannot be recycled.
It is not needed when recyclable waste is co-mingled. It makes the effort to recycle more convenient, which hopefully increases participation and recycling rates.
Recyclable materials collected by the City curbside program (and the drop-off program) will be transferred to Western Recycling who will then bale the material and send it to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Boise.
An MRF is a Material Recovery Facility. These specialized, state-of-the-art recycling facilities process and sort recyclable materials. The facility contracting with Western Recycling is located in Boise, Idaho.
If you have additional questions about the City’s recycling program, please contact the Sanitation Department at 208.234.6192.