Where do Jackson Hole’s Recyclables Go?
Where do Jackson Hole's Recyclables Go?
- Paper products are sold to International Paper and Fiber Reclaim paper mills in Oregon and Washington. Most paper is made back into whatever it was originally – corrugated cardboard, newsprint, office paper, and magazine paper. Some newspaper is sold to Hamilton Mfg. in Twin Falls, Idaho. They make cellulose insulation and hydoseeding mulch. Last year, Jackson Hole recycled 2,649 tons of paper!
- Recycling 1 ton of paper products saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. Trash to Cash
- Aluminum cans are sold to an Anheuser-Busch bottling plant in Kentucky where they are recycled into new aluminum cans. Last year, Jackson Hole recycled 2.85 million aluminum cans!
- Glass bottles and jars are sold to MillerCoors Bottling Company in Wheatridge, Colorado where they are made into new glass bottles. Some glass is crushed and used for pipe bedding and road base. In 2008, Community Pathways used recycled glass and concrete for a pathway project. This was a great way to reuse the materials locally. Last year, Jackson Hole recycled 1,022 tons of glass bottles and jars!
- Steel cans are sold to Western Metals in Plymouth, Utah where they are melted down and used to make myriad steel construction products. Last year, Jackson Hole recycled 65 tons of steel cans!
- The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used by 18 million homes each year - or enough energy to last Los Angeles residents for eight years. Steel Recycling Institute
- #1 and #2 plastic bottles are sold to K.B. Recycling in Oregon and Natures Composites in Torrington, Wyoming. Natures Composites manufactures fencing made from recycled plastic and wheat straw. K.B. Recycling sells recycled plastic to markets in British Columbia, California and Texas, as well as China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia and India. From there, the material is sorted, flaked, washed and pelletized. Depending on the purity of the pellets, they may be used to remanufacture non-food containers, other packaging materials, clothing, automotive parts, and toys. Last year Jackson Hole recycled 127 tons of plastic bottles!
- Recycling 1 pound of #1 plastic bottles, which include soft drink and water bottles, saves approximately 12,000 BTUs (British thermal unit) of heat energy. And, producing new plastic products from recycled materials uses two-thirds less energy than is required to make products from raw (virgin) materials. Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. Earth911.com
- Plastic grocery bags are baled and taken to our local Albertsons. Albertsons sends the collected bags to their Salt Lake City distribution center where they are sorted and sold to Trex in Nevada. Trex makes biocomposite lumber from reclaimed wood and plastic. Last year Jackson Hole recycled 4 tons, or 640,000 plastic bags!
- The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags. The Wall Street Journal