Valley County hopes to cut down contamination of recyclables

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Stories in this compilation are excerpted from weekly newspapers from around the region. This is part two, with part one having appeared in Saturday’s Tribune.

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CASCADE — Valley County commissioners on Monday decided to give one more try to keeping contaminants out of the plastic that is collected at the county’s three recycling centers.

Commissioners instructed Lake Shore Disposal to post new signs at recycling depots in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade in an effort to weed out garbage, and nonrecyclables that have made would-be recycling into garbage.

If the signs do not result in recycling free of contaminates, commissioners said they would stop taking plastic at the centers and start a new, staffed facility in Lake Fork.

For the last year, Lake Shore Disposal has been taking bales of plastic from the drop-off stations to landfills rather than a Salt Lake City processing center, Lake Shore Site Manager Scott Carnes said.

The Utah facility, which uses plastics in industrial concrete production, stopped accepting Valley County’s plastic because it was too contaminated with garbage and nonrecyclables, Carnes said.

After the rejection, Lake Shore kept collecting plastics and storing it at Lake Fork in hopes of finding another recycling facility that would accept the contaminated bales. The Lake Fork site ran out of room without a buyer being found, so the bales were hauled away, Carnes said.

Commissioners told Carnes they should have been told about the problem sooner.

“I think the public has the right to know if items that are being collected for recycling are going into the waste stream,” Commissioner Dave Bingaman said.

The additional cost of hauling each bin of recycling to the county’s Lake Fork baling facility is about $74 from the McCall depot, $170 from Cascade and $72 from Donnelly.

Carnes said Lake Shore typically hauls one to three containers of plastic to the facility per week. The total cost of hauling all types of recycling to Lake Fork is about $8,000 per month.

Projected total costs for Valley County’s recycling program for fiscal year 2020, are about $206,000, said Gabe Stayton, who is Valley County treasurer and also solid waste supervisor.

— Max Silverson, The Star-News (McCall), Thursday

Dr. Kelly McGrath of Orofino earns statewide honor

OROFINO — The Idaho Academy of Family Physicians named Dr. Kelly McGrath from Orofino as the 2019 Idaho Family Physician of the Year at the 71st Annual Conference of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians in McCall.

A tribute was made to McGrath for his generous contributions to his profession, to medical education and his service and dedication to his community and the state of Idaho.

McGrath received a master’s degree in chemical engineering and then went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Washington in 1989. He completed his residency in family medicine at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, Calif., in 1992. He joined the Clearwater Valley Hospital staff in 1994.

McGrath was nominated for the award by his colleague, Dr. Rebecca Katzman. Katzman emphasized the commitment McGrath has to health care.

He serves as the medical director for Qualis Health, the quality consulting organization for health care in Idaho. He serves as chief medical officer of the multistate accountable care organization Clearwater Valley Hospital joined.

— Clearwater Tribune (Orofino), Wednesday

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