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Recycling plastic is a big problem. This Boise pilot project is working on a solution.

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Troy Oppie
Boise State Public Radio
A bench in Manitou Park in Boise is made from recycled plastics in the city's orange bag program.

About 20% of Ada County residents dutifully fill orange bags with hard to recycle plastics: foam, bubble wrap, plastic grocery bags and most food containers. Initial efforts to turn those bags back into diesel fuel fizzled. Now, a new company wants to turn our plastic scraps into building materials. Idaho Matters learns more about this potential recycling method from Boise State Public Radio reporter Troy Oppie.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!