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Organics Recycling in Idaho

Recycling Organics Is the Solution!


We can help you recycle:

  • Leaves

  • Grass clippings

  • Brush trimmings

  • Garden waste

  • Any non-animal food scraps: fruits, vegetables, peelings, bread

  • Cereal, coffee grounds, coffee filters, tea leaves, and tea bags

Included Materials

Level 1 - Residential and Yard Compostables

List of acceptable items:

Yard and landscape organics: leaves, grass, brush, pine needles and cones, Christmas trees, and other natural materials typically derived from general landscape

Food organics: eggshells, fruits and vegetables, seeds and cores, tea bags and coffee filters (no meat) 

Other organics: untreated or non-pressure treated wood only,

llama, horse, and cow manures in limited quantities. In addition,

paper leaf bags and small quantities of compostable paper and



Level 2 - Industrial Single Stream Byproducts (Animal Feed)

TCR will evaluate if the waste can be used for feed within the guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Idaho Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Industries, Department of Environment Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, Central District Health Department and others that may apply.


List of acceptable items include but not limited to:

Corn byproducts, wheat byproducts, milk byproducts, fruit and vegetable bi-products, spent grain, brewery mash, fruit or vegetable peels, and liquid whey, byproducts of alcoholic-beverage brewing, human food manufacturers peels, trimmings, and other edible byproducts.

Organics Make Up Over 40% Of What Goes Into Our Landfills


In the U.S., about 95% of food scraps are still thrown away and eventually end up in landfills. About 41% of the space in landfills can be attributed to organic waste.

When organic waste is disposed into landfills, methane gas is produced. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, 34 more times effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide (CO2).

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), landfill gas (LFG) comprises 17.7% of all U.S. methane emissions.

Too many truckloads of biosolids can destabilize a landfill’s cell structure.

Landfill space is shrinking quickly. One report of an Idaho landfill stated it lost 40 years of its potential life.

Composting Is the Solution for Organics

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  • Composting is a sustainable outlet for the diversion of organics and food waste.

  • Agriculture has a high demand for compost.

  • Soil scientists report that for every 1% of organic matter content, the soil can hold 16,500 gallons of plant-available water per acre. This is essential to Idaho farmers.

  • WARM now gives credit for soil carbon storage when this compost is applied to soils (-0.24 MtCO2e per ton of feedstock). The model provides a clear motivation to take food waste out of landfills.

  • Composting is one of several methods for treating biosolids.

  • Composting converts biosolids into a safe, usable organic form.

  • Proven to expand landfill lifetime.

Timber Creek Recycling Can:

  • Help you convert your waste into a valued resource.

  • Share its experience! Timber Creek Recycling has been farming in the Treasure Valley for over 108 years. We both make and use compost on our farm.

  • Help you connect with your local farmer and show the benefits of organic compost.

  • Partner with you in the area’s water conservation.

  • Assist local farmers who are looking for compost with lower salt content.

Timber Creek Recycling:

  • Is the 2015 Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Pollution Prevention Champion.

  • Has the equipment and knowledge.

  • Are U.S. Compost Council certified professionals.

  • Would love to have you tour our 40-acre facility.




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