Recycling in Rexburg (Cameron Clements)

Rexburg changes recycling options

The BYU-Idaho Recycling Center has teamed up with the city of Rexburg for recycling, yet some student apartment complexes lack recycling options and are unaware of the recycling center.

Curbside recycling in the city of Rexburg will undergo changes due to BYU-I outsourcing the residential collection portion of the BYU-I Recycling Center, according to the recycling Web page on the city of Rexburg website.

The BYU-I Recycling Center will continue to pick up recyclable materials from various drop-off locations in the city, including the large bin in front of Albertsons, according to the recycling Web page on the city of Rexburg website.

BYU-I and the city of Rexburg will no longer accept plastics or glass at any of these drop-off locations due to the market dropping the cost for the manufacture of new raw materials, according to the recycling Web page on the City of Rexburg website.

Sarah Adams, a senior majoring in marriage and family studies, said she utilizes the recycling available on campus and would enjoy having recycling available around the city.

“You just have one garbage, so you don’t really have the chance to recycle in apartments; it’s just kind of one place where it all goes,” Adams said.“It’s not like campus where you have recycling and non-recycling options.”

Rexburg citizens who wish to participate in recycling must go to one of the drop-off locations and sort out their recyclables in designated bins. If a bin reaches its capacity, a patron can contact the city of Rexburg at 208-372-2337, according to the recycling Web page of the city of Rexburg website.

Kaylee Mack, a freshman studying art, said she would recycle in her apartment if it was offered to her.

“I’m used to having the recycle bin and then the garbage bin right inside my house, but I don’t know if my roommates would follow that,” Mack said.

Due to the toxicity of the disposal of batteries, the city of Rexburg has placed a Call 2 Recycle box at the City Hall for old rechargeable batteries, according to the sanitation department Web page on the city of Rexburg website.

Levi Jensen, a junior studying business management and one of the creators of the Winter Semester 2016 IBC business Viking Rolls, said almost all of their waste from the business goes directly into the garbage.

Jensen said he was not aware that there was a BYU-I Recycling Center and that he had never noticed recycling bins around campus.

The average American household disposes of 13,000 separate pieces of paper annually, with most of the accumulation coming from packaging materials and junk mail that is able to be recycled, according to the recycling and sustainability Web page on the BYU-I website.

Recycling costs and average $30 per ton compared to $50 to send that same waste to a landfill, and up to $75 to incinerate that same amount of waste, according to the recycling and sustainability Web page on the BYU-I website.

Annually, Americans use and waste 1 billion plastic grocery and shopping bags, resulting in 300,000 tons of waste that is taken to landfills, according to the recycling and sustainability Web page of the BYU-I website.

There are about 18,000 plastic bag drop-off locations in America, most of them within grocery stores. Plastic bags create a large problem for recycling plants as they are so light that they often clog up multimillion dollar machinery at these recycling plants, according to The New York Times.

Adams said that her apartment would benefit from recycling.

“Especially because recycling involves cardboard, and a lot of paper, and my roommates and I use a lot of cardboard and paper,” Adams said. “We go through plastic tins and containers that are sad to see go into the actual trash can. I think if we had an actual recycling bin it would go into there versus the actual trash.”

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