For the past three years, Teton County Recycling Center staff have been trying to maximize returns to the County coffers by separating out white office paper from newspaper rather than co-mingling these materials. Buyers pay considerably higher prices for clean newsprint and for clean office paper, which RAD customers and self-hauling recyclers have been making a diligent effort to separate since 2019.
Sadly, because our population is small, it takes a long time to accumulate enough bales of newspaper and office paper to sell to the broker. During that storage time, even indoors, these paper bales accumulate moisture leading to mold and degradation of the fibers. In order to keep this material viable and keep it moving in a circular economy, our County Recycling staff have determined that returning to collecting and baling mixed paper is the best way forward.
What this means for you, the recycler, is that you need one less recycling bin at home. Now all of your paper fibers can go into one can to recycle. RAD Curbside customers can also co-mingle their newspaper and other paper.
What items are NOT allowed?
– No file folders of any kind (manila, colored, hanging)
– No metal of any kind (staples, paper clips, wire bindings, etc.)
– No grayboard (e.g. cereal boxes, thin cardboard)
– No catalogs/magazines/glossy paper (can recycle in Jackson)
– No books or phone books (can recycle in Jackson)