Talking Trash: City to Reward Recyclers With $3 Discount

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Mayor Dave Bieter receives check from Republic General Manager Dave Fisher and Boise Council President Maryanne Jordan and Council Member Elaine Clegg look on
  • Mayor Dave Bieter receives a check from Dave Fisher, Republic Services general manager, as Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan and Council Member Elaine Clegg look on.

"It's always a great day when you get a big check," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter as Dave Fisher, Republic Services general manager, told hizzoner that Republic (formerly Allied Waste Services) had realized $195,000 in extra recycling revenue in July, August and September, passing the savings back to the city.

In turn, the city announced a special one-time $3 discount for Boise customers who recycle.

"Ninety-six percent of our citizens participate in the Curb It program," said Neal Oldemeyer, Boise Public Works director. "Since we launched the program in 2009, city residents have doubled the amount of recycling collected monthly."

Values for recycling commodities increased through the past year, resulting in the additional revenues that the city is passing on to customers.

"It's pretty amazing how clean Boise's neighborhoods have become," said Fisher. "We no longer see trash bags filling our streets."

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