Recycling is huge. It involves more people and industries on a daily basis than any other environmental effort.
In Blaine County we have one of the most progressive recycling programs in the state. Generally materials are collected either at the curb (curbside) or at drop off centers like Ohio Gulch's Resource Recovery Center.
On average our community throws away nearly 35,000 tons of trash each year. Of this about 16% or 6,600 tons is actually recycled and 18% or 7,600 tons is diverted from the Milner Butte landfill. Nationally our recycling rate is at about 32% so our community still has a ways to go.
Ten Years of Waste and Recycling
All of our trash is trucked from transfer stations like the one at Ohio Gulch to the Milner Butte Landfill some 90 miles south of Hailey. There are 9-12 semi-trucks that make the trip each day except Sunday out of Ohio Gulch through Hailey and Bellevue to the Milner Butte Landfill.