Twin Falls City Council approves to change recycling program, limiting certain materials

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Twin Falls residents will no longer be able to recycle mixed paper or plastic after City Council approved to adjust their recycling program at Monday night's city council meeting.

Council members were asked to choose between three options:
Keep the current recycling program, limit recycle materials or temporarily shelve the program.

In a 7 to 1 vote, council members decided to only allow materials like tin, aluminum and cardboard to be recycle.

Before the vote, Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar leaned toward in favor of option two, limiting recyclable materials.

"Maybe by reducing it down to three very simplistic things that people know what that is it can help with that retraining," he said. "I think there's lot of opportunity whether it's a partnership with the city or PSI.".

The city has been operating on a single-stream recycling program since 2010, which means recycle materials are placed in just one bin.

Below are the options and staff report City Council were presented before voting.

1 — Continue the current recycling program - 4.90% rate increase (from $18.44/month to $19.34/month)

2 — Modify the program to accept only cardboard, tin and aluminum -
3.25% rate increase (from $18.44/month to $19.04/month)

3 — Shelve the recycling program 3.36% rate decrease (from$18.44/month to $17.82/month)

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