We hear it often – reduce, reuse, recycle. However, when it comes to this area, it can seem like the recycling option is simply not available.
Last year several City staff members met with KB Recycling to discuss the possibilities of making services more available to Canyon residents.
Private residents who use KB’s curbside recycling pay a monthly fee based on how often they use the services. The officials at KB Recycling stated that due to the cost associated with this program and the low price for these commodities, this program is not profitable. Expansion of the program would not increase its’ profitability. Due to the current market, plastic recycling is not profitable. It is more economical to manufacture new plastics than to use recycled materials.
Randy Criswell, City manager, expands on how and why plastic recycling is not a practical option for the City of Canyon.
While plastic recycling will not be available to Canyon residents in the near future, the City is offering an option for cardboard recycling. Due to resell value of cardboard and paper, this is a profitable operation for KB Recycling. The City of Canyon now offers two cardboard of recycling Dumpsters behind Canyon Area Library, next to the water tower, on 16th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
KB Recycling suggested that the City consider providing cardboard/paper recycling containers for the community. As recommended by KB, any type of paper goods would be allowed in the same Dumpsters, not just cardboard. City staff stated that diverting cardboard boxes from the City trash stream would have a positive effect on trash services. Boxes that are not broken down tend to fill the dumpsters and cardboard does not compact as easily in trucks.
The City of Canyon also offers a variety of other recycling. As of early 2017, more than 21,000 gallons of used oil has been collected since November 2006. No additional revenue generated, but this allows for the safe disposal of used oil. The used oil recycling facility is located at 1601 3rd Ave., just north of City Hall, in the alley.
White goods and scrap metal collection consist mostly of home appliances, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, and freezers. A separate route is run to collect only white goods and scrap metal, as needed. All other “clean” metals are accepted. Residents are doing a better job at bringing in their old appliances and metals compared to years past. More than 158 tons have been collected since January 2006, resulting in a net income of more than $15,000. City staff is trained to remove and properly store or dispose of the HFC and/or Freon. The City’s scrap metal recycling facility is located at 301 1st Ave., at the Street and Solid Waste department.
Scrap tires are picked up every three weeks by Thoshanowasti Inc. The City is charged $2.50 for car tires, $8 for car tires on rims and $8 for truck tires. There are typically 30-50 scrap tires picked up every three weeks. The City budgets about $2,000 a year is budgeted for this process.