The City of Boise is working on both a quick fix and a sustainable solution to tons and tons of paper waste Six hundred and fifty tons. That's how much mixed paper Boise residents and businesses send to Western Recycling each month. Blue whales, the largest animal on Earth, can weigh around 200 tons, which means Boiseans send the equivalent of three-and-a-half whales worth of paper to be recycled each month. But wait. It gets worse. New regulations from China have made it nearly impossible for Boise to send its paper there for recycling, leaving the city in a major jam. Unlike aluminum or plastic recycling, paper has so little value that someone now has to be paid to pick it up in order to keep it out of the Ada...
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The Paper Chase: Why Boise Officials Need to 'Buy Time' to Solve Our Paper Problem