Green Living In Sun Valley
The Wood River Valley--as some put it--may make heaven disappointing. Often described as one of the most beautiful places in the world, we are surrounded by the Sawtooth, Boulder and Pioneer mountain ranges. Our environment is also our livelihood, and as a community we intend to apply and educate strong ecological ethics to the stewardship of our natural resources.
As a community, we are home to several non profit initiatives, sustainable conferences and forums, geothermal projects, rides shares, and recycling programs. With ongoing classes and workshops at the Environmental Resource Center, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, collaboration with Idaho's Bounty--recycling and energy efficiency are only just a small part of everyday life. Below you can find announcements for contests, schedules for the Mountain Rides (our free public transportation), the farmers' market, and more.
You can do your part while you visit.
Mountain Rides operates a free, year-round busing system with fixed route service in and around the cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum. The schedule changes according to the season with winter, spring, summer, and fall schedules. Mountain Rides also offers special A.D.A. services for handicapped riders. View the schedule & route map on the Mountain Rides website.
Mountain Rides also provides the Valley Commuter Bus for a fee that operates to and from the cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley to Hailey and Bellevue.
A paved bike path runs in and around the cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley, as well as the length of the Wood River Valley. Many use this path to bike to and from where they are going. View the map on the BCRD website and save some fuel.
Mountain Rides makes a difference in the quality of life in Blaine County by advocating for the availability and use of diverse transportation choices that reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, improve safety and health, conserve energy and resources, and improve people’s mobility. (208) 788-RIDE Programs include:
- Vanpool Services
- Rideshare & Carpooling - including an online ride match program
- Safe Routes to School
Recycling & Waste Removal
Blaine County recycles mixed paper, plastics 1-5, and aluminum/tin curbside. We have several drop off locations for glass and cardboard, and our main Recycle Center accepts items such as batteries, household hazerdous waste, and electronics. We also participate in Hilex Poly's plastic bag recycle program. They accept items such as plastic grocery bags, produce/newspaper bags, dry cleaner bags, cereal box liners, and plastic wrapping. Drop off locations for these items can be found at all Atkinsons Markets, the ERC, The Community School, LL Greens, Kings, and the Blaine County Annex building.
For complete list of drop off locations and acceptable items, visit www.5brecycles.org
Blaine County Recycling Center
At the Ohio Gulch Transfer Station
110 Ohio Gulch Road
Hailey, ID 83333
Hours of Operation: Mon—Sat, 8:00—5:00