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Idaho's Conservation Experiment: 50 Years Later explores the history and future of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

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.

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.