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Ketchum Surveys Residents on Recycling Initiatives

KETCHUM, Idaho – The City of Ketchum is asking for public input on recycling improvements to gain increased participation and reduce contamination and other negative impacts.

The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7JVKFPT.

Ketchum’s franchise agreement with Clear Creek Disposal will be updated and renewed on August 1, 2021. The city is evaluating short- and long-term service enhancements and would like to hear from the community on the environmental goals and associated fees as new service levels are determined.

Currently, non-recyclable materials are being placed in the glass and cardboard recycling bins at the community drop off location at the Wood River YMCA. This contamination causes the bins to be disposed of as trash.

The high use of the cardboard dumpsters at the YMCA are producing negative visual impact and the need for added traffic in and out of the site for more pickups.

The survey includes questions about current services, and replacement of the cardboard bins at the YMCA with a cardboard compacting system. Long-term enhancements under consideration are comingled recycling, wildlife proof trash containers and compost recycling.

The survey closes on June 11, 2021.

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About the City of Ketchum

The City of Ketchum is located in the Wood River Valley in south central Idaho. Founded in 1880 during the mining boom, Ketchum is now regarded as one of the most popular destinations for winter and summer visitors due to its world-class skiing, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, restaurants, art galleries and shopping. In 2018, Ketchum was awarded designation by the International Dark-Sky Association as a Dark Sky Community and is included in the Nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, one of only 13 in the world. The City of Ketchum hosts the famous annual Wagon Days Parade, held on Labor Day weekend, and numerous other year-round attractions. Ketchum is home to more than 10,000 full- and part-time residents. For more information about the City of Ketchum, visit www.ketchumidaho.org.

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