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Curbside recycling popular in Idaho Falls

Curbside recycling popular in Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - A local business is making it easy for you to recycle with curbside recycling.

Craig Stephenson, manager of Western Recycling, said there was little interest when they launched the curbside program back in 2012.

"My cardboard goes here and my plastic goes here and my aluminum and my newspaper goes here. I think a lot of people are like, 'If I have to do that, I'm just not gonna do it,'" Stephenson said.

But Western Recycling does all the sorting for you. For $5 a month, you get a bin which you can leave out with the trash for pick up every two weeks.

With almost 5,000 customers in the Idaho Falls area, Stephenson says the program is growing.

"We'll probably put out anywhere from 50 to 100 containers--new containers a week," Stephenson said.

The demand for curbside recycling was so great in Rexburg, two years ago the city began its own program--this one entirely free.

"We've had a lot of requests for it, a lot of it driven by university students," said Rexburg Public Works Director John Millar.

With a 95 percent participation rate, Rexburg's recycling program is among the most successful in Eastern Idaho.

Stephenson said he hopes to have that kind of success in Idaho Falls and be able to reduce the monthly rate.

Western Recycling said it recycled 680 tons of materials from its curbside recycling program in 2013 alone.

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