Spring Clean Up Diverts 82 Tons!

The 2016 Spring Clean-Up Yard Waste Collection netted astonishing amounts of material again this year:  82 TONS (that’s 164,000 pounds!).  These piles and piles of yard waste materials were collected and composted locally rather than hauled 100 miles to be buried in a landfill.  THANK YOU to everyone who collected yard waste and either delivered to the trash transfer station for complimentary composting, or set on the curb in compostable bags for town crews to collect.  And just as important to celebrate – very little TRASH and DOG POO were found, which is critical to the success of this program.  “We individually emptied each one of the nearly 3,500 compostable yard waste bags given out to ensure there was no trash; we found less than two 35-gallon trash cans worth of trash in all that yard waste, and not that much dog poo either!” stated Mac Dukart, Waste Diversion and Outreach Coordinator for Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling.  “Folks seem to understand the importance keeping trash out so that this material can be composting without the risk of contaminating the finished product, Dukart continued”    

You don’t have to wait for these collection events to be sure your yard waste is composted.  Yard waste can be delivered to the Teton County Trash Transfer Station at a cost of 3.5 cents per pound to be composted rather than thrown in the garbage: Monday – Friday, 7am to 3pm and Saturdays, 9am to 1pm.  Westbank Sanitation now offers residential curbside yard waste removal (to be composted) – give them a call to learn more and sign up.  Teton Trash Removal works with homeowners associations to offer bulk yard waste removal services as well.   As Teton County strives to reduce our landfill-bound waste stream, organic waste diversion will play a larger and larger role in helping us down our Road to Zero Waste.

Volunteers picked up over a ton of roadside trash throughout the County this year.  Thank you to all who participated and to the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole, which has coordinated this annual springtime tradition since 1969.  Thanks also to Energy Conservation Works who has partnered with the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole to incorporate the roadside clean-up into Eco Fair to help celebrate conservation efforts across the community.

A huge thanks to the Town of JacksonTerra Firma OrganicsWestbank SanitationAce HardwareTeton Trash Removal, and Western States CAT for their significant in-kind donations of time, personnel and equipment to ensure the success of this popular community service event. 

Call 733-7678 or visit tetonwyo.org/recycle and HowDoYouRRR.org to learn more about the services and programs offered by Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling.

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