Boise adapting to new recycling program

Posted at 11:00 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 01:00:52-04

The City of Boise says residents have been receptive to the new recycling guidelines. The Boise recycling program recently made some changes to the way it handles certain plastics after China decided to stop accepting them. To keep those plastics out of landfills, the City of Boise chose to turn that trash into diesel fuel. The city has handed out about 75 percent of the orange energy bags to its residents.

The City of Boise spokesman Mike Journee says the only issue they have had was people being confused as to what items to put in the orange bags. To clarify what to put away in the orange bag, they are things like candy wrappers and plastic shopping bags. 

Your larger plastics like milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles should go directly into the blue container.  About one and a half tons have been collected, and they will be sending it off to Salt Lake City soon. Journee says this program is allowing folks to recycle more.

"It's going really well so far we are excited about the enthusiasm that people have an interest. its one of the biggest topics we are conversing with on social media with people" said Journee.

He added some of the educational open houses had been very well attended by residents wanting to know more about how they can do their part. The next meeting is May 19th at the library at Collister that event runs from 1-3 p.m. 

Click here for complete list of items to put in the orange bags