Water Conservation / Waste Water Drainage / Recycling Programs

Help Protect Idaho's Most Valuable Resource!

Self-watering Planting PotsDowntown Idaho Falls Planting Pot

When you are looking for ways to save water in your yard, look for things like self-watering pots for your plants, such as the pots located in Downtown Idaho Falls and along the River Walk on Memorial Drive. These types of containers reduce water use, don’t allow fertilizer to escape into the environment, and produce a more even water consumption that makes healthier, more beautiful plants.

Ease of Container Gardening

Best Water Saving Containers

Water Conservation Around the House

Water is Idaho’s most valuable natural resource.  You can make a big impact on water conservation by doing a lot of little things. Things like turning the water off while you brush your teeth, fixing small leaks in your faucets, or changing out old and inefficient fixtures.  Looking for little things around the house can have big impact on the environment.

Video: Water Conservation - Little things make a BIG difference!

Green-living Water Conservation
Home Water Conservation Tips
Clever Conservation

Storm Water Drainage 

Before you change your oil or fertilize your yard, remember, what gets spilled or washed down your driveway or into the gutter, can also be washed back into creeks, canals or washes and can ultimately make its way back into our river water system. Don’t dump used oil, harmful chemicals or excess fertilizer into the street or gutter. Help protect Idaho’s most valuable resource.

Video: Storm Drains - Protect Idaho's Resources

How Oils Break Down in Water Smartscape


Xeriscaping is a great way to save water.  Plants that are native to east Idaho are specifically adapted to our climate, and are able to use less water and less fertilizer.  When looking at landscaping, look for ways to incorporate these types of plants into your yard.  They look great, take less maintenance, are better for the environment and save you money.

Video: Xeriscaping Ideas

How Xeriscaping Works
Seven Principles of Xeriscaping
Reasons to Xeriscape
Landscaping Design 


As of September 9, 2019, the City can no longer accept plastic or paper.

Recycling is a great way to make a big difference in our community. It is easy to do and affordable. Recycling returns products back into a raw form that can be used to create new products. Plus, it reduces the amount of space used up in our landfills and results in a healthier environment for future generations.Recycling Ad 5

Newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, paper towel and toilet paper cores, tin and aluminum cans, can cardboard boxes are all great examples of materials that can be recycled rather than added to our landfills.

Glass recycling is now available at the collection sites. Glass items that can be recycled include glass bottles of all sizes and colors, food containers and plate glass windows. Items that cannot be recycled include mirrors, ceramic/porcelain and light bulbs.

Curbside Recycling 

Recycling Centers in Idaho Falls

Video: Recycling is Easy to Do! 

Video: What Happens to Recycled Products?

Video: Recycling - A Healthy Environment for Future Generations