Why do recycling practices differ from city to city?

Materials that are capable of being recycled don’t vary from place to place, what varies is the recycling program and the proximity to the markets.

There are many different ways to go about collecting recyclables. Many large municipalities have Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) - the machines at these facilities automatically sort the materials where they are then bailed and then sold. See single stream recycling. This type of machinery is very expensive and requires processing a good deal of recyclables in order to be economically feasible. At this point, in Teton County there are not enough recyclables produced for this type of machinery to be justified. We bale each item one commodity at a time. Our labor costs are significantly reduced by having residents sort the materials.

Proximity to Markets

There are facilities that process commodities all over the world. Teton County is very geographically isolated. Often times it is not environmentally or financially responsible to send small quantities or low value items to the various markets.

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1. Can I recycle biodegradable/compostable products?
2. Can I recycle food containers (i.e. salad containers, berry containers) that are labeled Number 1?
3. Where can I recycle fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, cell phones and bear spray?
4. Can I recycle paperboard (cereal boxes, beer containers) or egg cartons?
5. Can I recycle plastic packaging and wrap?
6. Do I need to clean out my containers before recycling?
7. Do I need to destroy my files before recycling my computer?
8. Does Teton County recycle clothes?
9. How do I dispose of electronics? Do I have to pay?
10. How much is Jackson Hole recycling?
11. Is Jackson Community Recycling part of the county? Is it a non-profit?
12. What does the recycling logo mean on plastics?
13. Which costs more - recycling or sending trash to the landfill?
14. Why can’t I recycle number 3 through 7 plastics?
15. Why do I have to separate my recyclables?
16. Why do recycling practices differ from city to city?
17. Can I recycle pizza boxes?