Republic Services is no longer accepting plastics numbered 3-7 for recycling in Ada County, Idaho, effective January 1. The company states that this change is due to “changing global markets” and China’s waste import ban.
Although the new guidelines went into effect on January 1, Boise residents can continue recycling all plastic items until spring, according to Mike Journee, spokesman for the city of Boise.
Idaho Statesman has more details:
Republic Services, the trash and recycling provider for Ada County, will no longer accept certain types of plastics in 2018, according to a company statement.
The new guidelines, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2018, ban recycling plastics numbered 3-7. Items with the numbers 1 and 2 within the recycling symbol are still accepted, which means milk jugs, soda bottles, detergent containers and similar jugs with threaded necks are still okay. (Here’s more on what each number denotes.)
According to Mike Journee, spokesman for the city of Boise, Boise residents can continue recycling all plastic items until the spring.