COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – More than three years after introducing its own single-stream recycling system, the city of Coeur d’Alene is still setting recycling records.
Coeur d’Alene residents recycled nearly 418,000 pounds of materials in December, the most ever recorded in a single month since the city introduced single-stream in the fall of 2010. In Kootenai County, recycling is up 13 percent from a year ago.
Kootenai County Solid Waste Director, Roger Saterfiel, has been in the business for 35 years. He said the convenience of single-stream recycling has been the key to its success.
“What we’re seeing in Kootenai County is how astounded people are that they don’t need to set their garbage out every week anymore,” Saterfiel said. “They set the recyclable bin out, but not their garbage.”
Most of the materials recycled in Coeur d’Alene go to Waste Management’s SMaRT Center, on Geiger Boulevard just outside of Spokane, where they are processed and resold as commodities.
Saterfiel said, the more that is recycled, the less that goes into the landfill. This is a big savings for Kootenai County which owns and operates its own landfill.
“It just keeps getting better and better,” Saterfiel said.