Here in Blaine County when you're recycling materials, chances are someone's either coming to you and picking up your recyclables or you're going and dropping off your recyclables somewhere. This is basically the difference between curbside and drop off services -- one comes to you and the other you have to go to. Fortunately we have both in Blaine County. Please realize that we are lumping everything under "recycling" here, but in some cases an item isn't being recycled, but instead reused. Which is even better! A good example of this is glass, which can be collected and dropped off at locations (see below), from there it is taken to Ohio Gulch, crushed, and used as clean fill in the construction waste landfill.
If you're a resident of Sun Valley, Ketchum or Hailey, your recycling services are included in your cities' solid waste fees. Curbside service is provided by a franchise agreement between the cities and Clear Creek Disposal and runs on a set schedule. Recycling for businesses is an included charge only in Hailey. Businesses, including homeowner associations, in Sun Valley, Ketchum, Bellevue and Blaine County must contract separately for this paid service.
Those in Bellevue, Carey and the unincorporated areas of Blaine County must contract separately with their waste hauler for recycling services. Such arrangements could change if these local governments move to franchise these solid waste services.
The curbside program is source-separated meaning that you need to separate all your recyclables in specific bins and set these out at the curb for pickup. Recyclables collected at the curb include:
There are numerous drop off centers around Blaine County but they do not all accept the same materials.
Household Hazardous Wastes & Select Items
Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are particularly dangerous and represent unique challenges. The table below summarizes where you may take HHW and select items such as "white goods" which include refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers and water heaters. For more detailed information, please visit the dedicated household hazardous waste section.