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  • LIST OF ITEMS WE TAKE
    FULL ITEMS LIST If you have any disposable items not listed, please reach out to us at info@wastelessrecycle.com as we still might be able to take them. Please check with your city's accepted recycling list, as the below information only pertains to Boise Metro area. We will be updating each list by city in the future. PLASTICS - Plastic grocery bags - Plastic to-go containers - Clamshell containers - Rigid produce boxes - Water bottles - Clean sandwich bags - Films around boxes - Shower curtains - Clean saran wrap, bread bags - Frozen food bags - Ice bags - Amazon plastic air pillows - PVC pipes - Fencing - Children’s toys - Medicine bottles - Water bottle caps - Clean and dry yogurt cups - Microwave-safe food containers - Styrofoam cups - Take-out boxes - Foam food trays - Amazon packaging - 5-gallon water jugs used in offices - Baby bottles - CDs and DVDs (item themselves and their cases) - Computer parts - Workout equipment - Any plastic item that does not have a #1 or #2 on it we will take for you, in addition to some items listed above that have #1 or #2 on them. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE - Automotive products (max 25 gallons - Batteries (all types except alkaline which are not toxic and can be thrown in the trash) - Mercury - Paints and stains - Antifreeze - Old gasoline (max 5 gallons) - Propane (20 lb./BBQ size) refillable tanks - Unused camping duel canisters or fire starters - Unused solid camping fuel cubes - Helium tanks - Fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs (LED bulbs do not contain mercury and can be thrown in the trash) - Mercury thermometers - Mercury thermostats - Button batteries - Containers of elemental mercury - Latex paint and oil-based paints and stains - Solvents - Paint thinners - Wood stains - Pesticides - Insecticides - Garden chemicals - Pool/spa chemicals MISCELLANEOUS - Keurig pods - Fabrics/unusable clothing - Batteries - Wine corks - Electronics (TV’s, stereos, etc.) - Electric mowers - Extinguished cigarettes and packaging - Coffee bags - Water filters - Party supplies and dining disposables - Art supplies - Small/Large appliances - *GLASS (only Eagle city and Ada County Unincorporated) DONATIONS - Dinnerware - Small appliances - Clothes - Children’s toys - Kitchenware - Electronics/computers - Bicycles - Luggage - Furniture (no mattresses) - Anything that is still usable, we will pick up and donate on your behalf. CITY RECYCLING (all items below must be recycled with the city, and NOT included in WasteLess box. Please check with your city's website, as the below information only pertains to Boise Metro at this time. We will be updating based on each city's list in the future.) - Paper materials (newspapers, magazines, etc.) - Clean cardboard without grease stains - Metal cans - Plastics #1 and #2 (bottles, jugs and jars only…no thin/crinkly plastic water bottles or plastic clamshell containers) ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM - Explosives - https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/fire/fire-prevention/fire-safety-and-education/fire-safety/fireworks-in-boise/ - Ammunition – Call Impact Guns at 208-321-1288 - Tires – Accepted at Ada County Landfill for a small fee - Prescription drugs - https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/public-works/curb-it/medication-and-sharps-disposal/ - Compressed gas cylinders used for industrial purposes (ie. Welding) should be returned to the supplier/distributer when empty - Mattresses - https://mattressdisposalplus.com/boise/ - Compost – set out with trash pickup in city’s provided container - Trees, leaves, clean lumber, concrete, scrap metal – all can be taken to the Ada County Landfill - Glass – the city offers a curbside service - https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/public-works/curb-it/recycling/
  • Where do the items go and how are they recycled?
    The items are sorted and sent to the proper disposal or reuse facility. A lot of items are dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection facility or mobile drop off site, depending on county. Specific donations and reusable items are dropped off at various non-profits based on their need and/or requests. Donation receipts are provided upon request. TerraCycle recycles all #3 - #7 plastics, as well as fabrics. Please visit https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/about-terracycle/our_recycling_process for more information on their recycling process. FMI-EPS in Jerome, ID recycles all our Styrofoam. Please visit https://fmi-eps.com/Recycled.html for more information on their recycling process. AZEK recycles all our PVC materials. Please visit https://www.recyclingtoday.com/news/azek-full-circle-pvc-recycling-program-return-polymers for more information on their recycling process. We are constantly looking for the most environmentally responsible and sustainable outlets, and donation centers for all materials collected.
  • What are examples of plastic numbers 1-7?
    PLASTICS 101 PLACE PLASTICS #1 AND #2 IN THE CITY’S RECYCLING BIN (see notes below for exceptions) PLASTIC #1: Polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) This is the most common type of plastic. It’s usually recycled into more plastic bottles and polyester fibers that make up a lot of clothing. Examples include: - Jar, bottle and jug shaped plastics - *NO crinkly water bottles, rigid produce boxes or clamshell containers even though they have a #1 or #2 on them. Please place these in your WasteLess box PLASTIC #2: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) Second most common type of plastic, and is usually recycled into more non-food bottles, plastic lumber, recycling bins, flower edging, and flowerpots. Examples include: - Milk jugs - Detergents - Hair care products ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________________________________________________________________________________________ WASTELESS RECYCLE ACCEPTABLE PLASTICS *PLASTICS #3-#7 CAN ALL BE PICKED UP BY WASTELESS RECYCLE AS PART OF YOUR MONTHLY PLAN PLASTIC #3: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Used for plumbing pipes, fencing, paneling, inflatable mattresses, and toys for kids. AZEK is our outlet for PVC pipes. Click HERE to learn more about their recycling process. Examples: - PVC pipes - Fencing - Panels - Inflatable mattresses - Children’s toys *TERRACYLE is our outlet for plastics #4, #5, and #7. Click HERE to learn more about their recycling process PLASTIC #4: Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) Used primarily for flimsy plastic packaging and plastic grocery bags. Examples: - Plastic grocery bags - Sandwich bags - Films around boxes - Clean saran wrap, bread bags - Frozen food bags - Ice bags - Amazon plastic air pillows PLASTIC #5: Polypropylene (PP) PP is a hard plastic used for luggage, medicine bottles, etc. Examples: - Luggage - Medicine bottles - Water bottle caps - Clean and dry yogurt cups - Microwave-safe food containers PLASTIC #6: Polystyrene (PS)/Styrofoam Our outlet for Styrofoam is FMI-EPS in Jerome, ID. Click HERE for more information on how they recycle your used Styrofoam. We CANNOT take Styrofoam packing peanuts/bubbles. Examples: - Styrofoam cups - Take-out boxes - Foam food trays - Amazon packaging PLASTIC #7: Mix of hard plastics and leftover plastics Examples: - 5-gallon water jugs used in offices - Baby bottles - CDs and DVDs (item themselves and their cases) - Computer parts - Workout equipment - Any water bottles that do not have a # on them
  • What is the difference between Hazardous Waste Chemicals and Household Hazardous Waste Chemicals?
    As a reminder, the chemicals we will take are "Household Hazardous Waste" as opposed to other "Hazardous Waste". Please refer to the below website for the differences between the two lists of items to ensure clarity of what we can/cannot take. Refer to "Accepted Materials" (chemicals we will take) vs "Items Not Accepted" (chemicals we will not take). https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/public-works/curb-it/hhw/
  • Will you take other items than what is listed on your webpage?
    For most items, yes, we will. Contact us with the specifics of the items and we will find a solution for you.
  • How do I know where my donations go?
    We will provide a donation receipt upon your request.
  • If I am paying monthly, can I switch to pay annually to save money?
    Absolutely, you can switch from monthly payments to annual payments to take advantage of the 15% discount
  • Can I cancel at any time?
    Due to the initial cost to provide products and service, we require that you complete the initial term of the agreement. Once the initial committed term has expired, you can cancel at any time.
  • Why shouldn’t these items be thrown in the trash?
    Did you know that batteries and some light bulbs should not be thrown into the trash? In addition to the fire danger, batteries and some light bulbs can also contain toxic chemicals, including lithium, cadmium, sulfuric acid, mercury, and lead, which are toxic to humans and pets. If disposed of improperly, these toxic chemicals can leach into the soil and contaminate the groundwater and regional drinking supply.
  • The local landfill is huge, won't it last forever?
    No, the landfill is filling up much faster than anticipated due to the unplanned growth in the area. The landfill will need to be expanded soon in order to handle the volume. That means more of our precious foothills will be excavated and turned into landfill space. We need to do our part to divert materials away from the landfill whenever we can.
  • Can’t I just flush paint and chemicals down the toilet or drain?
    No! Disposing of chemicals down drains can damage your plumbing which can be expensive to repair, and also allow those chemicals a direct path into the groundwater. Wastewater treatment plants are not able to remove several chemicals from the treated water. That means they get released directly into the Boise River or other bodies of water.
  • Are you competing with the recycling agreements each city/county already has in place?
    No. WasteLess Recycle is very aware of all franchise agreements within each county. We are simply a pick-up service that fills in the gaps where the cities and counties are unable to provide the service we offer. This is why our list of acceptable items is different than what the city picks up from your home in the large blue recycling bins they provide.
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