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Ketchum Installs New Cardboard Recycling Compactor
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Wednesday, March 13, 2024
 

BY DANIEL HANSEN

A new cardboard recycling compactor has been installed at the Ketchum Recycling Center located at 215 Lewis St. between the car wash and fire training center.

The City of Ketchum fired up the compactor, which is the same type of unit installed at the Hailey Park & Ride Lot off River Street in 2022, this week.

The current cardboard recycle dumpsters will be phased out immediately.

Installation of the cardboard compactor will save space and allow for more efficient, long-term land use in the future. Instead of eight standard cardboard recycling dumpsters, only one compactor will be needed to serve the community.

The setup will also save money and reduce carbon emissions. The current cardboard dumpsters must be emptied by Clear Creek Disposal six times a week, up to two times a day. However, the compactor may only need to be emptied once or twice a week, resulting in less heavy equipment operation and noise in the area. 

The new compactor is operational daily from dawn through dusk. General garbage and packing materials, including plastic and Styrofoam, cannot be placed in the compactor. The compactor is for cardboard only.

To operate the compactor:

remove all packing materials and garbage from the cardboard boxes; 

break down and flatten the cardboard to fit within the 32”x 8” opening; and

insert the cardboard, press the green button to start the compactor, and stand clear of the unit while it is running.

Instructional signs are on-site that demonstrate how to use the compactor properly. If the compactor is full or not working, contact Clear Creek Disposal at (208) 726-9600.

Do not leave boxes on the ground or anywhere outside of the compactor. Video surveillance is on the premises to ensure cardboard is recycled properly.

For larger, more frequent commercial cardboard recycling needs, Clear Creek Disposal offers a pickup service. Contact Clear Creek Disposal at 208-726-9600 for commercial recycling pick-up information.

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