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IDAHO STATESMAN

For years, America has shipped its raw recyclable material to China for processing, but as of January first of this year, China has stopped accepting shipments, which means recyclable trash is starting to pile up and fees are increasing. BSPR's Frankie Barnhill joins Idaho Matters to discuss the problems arising from these new recycling policies and we look at Boise's new residential recycling rules.

Idaho Statesman

Recycling in unincorporated Ada County may cost you a bit more in the near future – or be curbed indefinitely.

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In Boise, the days of throwing all of your recyclable material in the same bin are over. That’s because China -- which used to accept recycled material from around the world -- put stringent new standards into effect January 1. 

Idaho Statesman

Communities around the world – including in Idaho – have grown accustomed to sending their recycled plastic to China. But on January first, a new Chinese policy went into effect that bans the importation of certain plastics.

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Republic Services picks up paper, aluminum and plastics in southwest Idaho communities from Middleton to Mountain Home. The company is no longer accepting plastics numbered 3-7, which includes things like pipes, plastic bags, some food containers and plastic utensils.

Erin McClure / Boise State Public Radio

In 2014, an analysis in Ada County determined that nearly half of the trash being thrown out by residential households was organic waste, such as food scraps, yard debris, and compostable paper. Now, in an effort to reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill, the City of Boise has announced plans for a public composting program.

Boise city staff presented the first details of the composting program proposal at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting. City spokesman Mike Journee says it’s been dubbed ‘Curb It 2’ and will be an extension of Curb It, the city’s recycling system.