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Glass

Glass recycling is less efficient than many other forms of recycling, due to the processing required to return glass to a usable, raw state. According to the EPA, recycling glass only saves about 30 perfect of the energy cost of producing new glass, and the raw materials required are in abundant supply. Reusing glass bottles and jars, however, requires no energy whatsoever, so you can reduce energy costs by finding new uses for these containers instead of simply throwing them out. Once you throw glass out, 1 million years will pass before that glass breaks down at the landfill.

 

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Aluminum

One of the most efficient forms of recycling is aluminum recycling. Aluminum can be reused repeatedly and requires very little processing to make it available for reuse. Manufacturers simply melt down crushed aluminum stock and add it to freshly extracted aluminum without any degradation of quality in the finished product. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling an aluminum can requires less than 5 percent of the energy that would be expended in creating a similar can out of fresh bauxite ore. The Aluminum Association estimates that the energy saved in recycling a single aluminum can could power a television for 3 hours.

 

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Light Bulbs

Light Bulbs

Unbroken CFL Light Bulbs and Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (no florescent tubes) can be recycled at both Home Depot or Lowe’s in Twin Falls. At this time, these products are not accepted at the Ohio Gulch Recycle Center.

 

Add Your Business:

If your business reuses, recycles or safely disposes of an item that is on the A to Z list, or an item you feel should be on the A to Z list, complete the attached Vendor Application Form and e-mail it to: submissions@5BRecycles.org.

Add a New Material:

If there is an item that you would like to see added to the A to Z list, e-mail the name of the item to: submissions@5BRecycles.org. We will do the research to see what local disposal options are available.

Metal Lids

Lids that come on drink bottles or glass jars can be included in aluminum/tin recycling. Please be sure to remove lids from their bottles, and recycle the bottles separately.

 

Add Your Business:

If your business reuses, recycles or safely disposes of an item that is on the A to Z list, or an item you feel should be on the A to Z list, complete the attached Vendor Application Form and e-mail it to: submissions@5BRecycles.org.

Add a New Material:

If there is an item that you would like to see added to the A to Z list, e-mail the name of the item to: submissions@5BRecycles.org. We will do the research to see what local disposal options are available.

Apple Products

Apple Electronics

Apple has an active reuse and recycling program for old iPods, iPads, Macs, PCs, and cell phones.  They often offer gift cards and discounts on new products when recycling an old device. The full details of their program can be found here.

The Blaine County Recycle Center accepts the following electronics for recycle. They can be dropped off free of charge Monday-Saturday from 8:00am-5:00pm at 110 Ohio Gulch Road:

  • Monitors
  • CPUs
  • Towers
  • Laptops
  • Power supplies
  • Cell phones
  • DVD/VCR players
  • Fax machines
  • Copiers
  • Printers
  • Scanners

Please note we are unable to accept televisions.

Compost

Compost

What exactly is compost, and how do you make it? 

Compost is a dark brown, earthy, crumbly material consisting of decomposing organic matter.  When added to soil, compost improves both porosity and water retention, and provides plants with essential nutrients in a form that they can readily absorb. Composting is the human manipulation of the decomposition process.  Inside every compost pile are thousands of microorganisms working to break down the organic material.  By controlling the conditions of the compost pile, we can speed up the process and produce a valuable soil amendment, while reducing the amount of trash going to our landfill.  It’s a win-win situation, and here’s the best part—anyone can do it! To download Southern Idaho Solid Waste‘s composting guide, click here.

Where to take compostable material:

1) Blaine County Transfer Station (110 Ohio Gulch Road)-Accepts wood (less than 18″ diameter & 8′ length), Christmas trees (WITHOUT decorations, tinsel, lights, or stands), grass clippings, leaves, and untreated scrap wood. Untreated wood waste does not contain metal, plastics, chemicals, or other wood treatments. (Treated and/or contaminated wood waste will be accepted as municipal solid waste and billed accordingly.) Items are ground into compost, which can be purchased by the public. For drop off items, one load, per household, per week is free. After that, there is a $10 per ton charge.
Commercial-scale loads of grass and leaves will be landfilled and charged at the rate of $65/per ton. Clean wood waste will be accepted at $10 per ton.

Yard debris can also be collected in a dumpster at your home or business and delivered to Ohio Gulch. For complete details on having a dumpster delivered and removed from your home or business, contact Clear Creek Disposal at 726-9600.

2) Winn’s Compost  (Ohio Gulch Road) accepts yard debris and food scraps. For hours and drop off information, contact 309-2525.

Cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard is cardboard with a wavy layer inside. Non-corrugated cardboard (without a wavy layer) can be recycled with mixed paper.   

We CANNOT accept waxed cardboard and food contaminated cardboard, such as pizza boxes.

Cardboard can be dropped free of charge at 4th & Spruce in Ketchum, YMCA Parking lot (101 Saddle Road) in Ketchum, Sun Valley City Hall, Elkhorn Fire Station, Ohio Gulch Recycle Center, Hailey Park and Ride (Corner of River and Bullion), Hailey Fire Department, Carey Transfer Station and West Magic.

Add Your Business:

If your business reuses, recycles or safely disposes of an item that is on the A to Z list, or an item you feel should be on the A to Z list, complete the attached Vendor Application Form and e-mail it to: submissions@5BRecycles.org.

Add a New Material:

If there is an item that you would like to see added to the A to Z list, e-mail the name of the item to: submissions@5BRecycles.org. We will do the research to see what local disposal options are available.

Plastic shipping envelopes

Hilex Poly, a plastic bag manufacturer based out of Jerome, has expanded their plastic bag recycling program to include lots of great new items! They ask that bags be clean and dry, and not have any items or garbage in the bags (remember to take those receipts out of your grocery store bags!) Bags are accepted locally at all Atkinsons Markets, LL Greens Hardware, Kings, The Community School, and the Blaine County Annex building. Hilex Poly DOES NOT accept food or cling wrap, prepackaged food bags (i.e. frozen food bags or pre-washed salad bags), film that has been painted or has excessive glue, or bio-based/compostable plastic bags.

Diaper wrap (packaging)

Hilex Poly, a plastic bag manufacturer based out of Jerome, has expanded their plastic bag recycling program to include lots of great new items! They ask that bags be clean and dry, and not have any items or garbage in the bags (remember to take those receipts out of your grocery store bags!) Bags are accepted locally at all Atkinsons Markets, LL Greens Hardware, Kings, The Community School, and the Blaine County Annex building. Hilex Poly DOES NOT accept food or cling wrap, prepackaged food bags (i.e. frozen food bags or pre-washed salad bags), film that has been painted or has excessive glue, or bio-based/compostable plastic bags.