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Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling

Posted on: January 29, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Food Waste Composting Begins Monday, February 1st

Food Waste Composting

Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling (ISWR) is excited to announce the grand opening of the Food Waste Composting Facility and the ability to begin accepting food waste on February 1st, 2021. This service is open to residents and businesses who are able to self-haul food waste to the Food Waste Composting Facility located on the same property as the Trash Transfer Station. Please read below for guidelines, policy, and restrictions.


The food waste composting program can accept food waste only. No paper products, compostable or biodegradable plates, cups, or service ware is accepted. Additionally, shellfish are not allowed. Shellfish includes but is not limited to the meat and shell/exoskeleton of: shrimp, lobster, clams, mussels, scallops, and oysters. Please see a comprehensive and printable guide here. A food waste collection implementation toolkit for businesses can be found here


Food waste may be brought to the Transfer Station facility by residents and businesses between 9am-2pm Monday-Friday.  The tip fee is $65/ton or approximately $.03/lb. The $10 minimum applies to food waste as well as trash and yard waste. Notify the scale attendant of your food waste and directions to the drop-off location will be given. Inspection of food waste by the compost yard attendant is required at the time of delivery.  Food waste may be brought unbagged (in 5-gallon or larger containers), or bagged, and be free of non-food waste.  Food waste brought bagged will have to be tipped from the bags at the facility by the customer.  Any non-food waste found will be returned or your load may be rejected.


Food waste loads in excess of 300 pounds should notify the Solid Waste and Recycling Manager, Saul Varela, prior to coming to the facility. He may be reached at (307) 732-5768.  


If you have unexpired, unopened food please consider donating it first locally rather than composting. Thank you for your participation and compliance to these policies and procedures. Composting hours of operation will increase as the program grows.  ISWR and its composting contractor, Terra Firma Organics, want to ensure the cleanest, highest quality end product. Please call 307-733-7678 or email with questions.  

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