Contact: Heather Overholser
The Road to Zero Waste is not a
straight one. In Teton County, it involves creativity, community dedication and
an innovative mix of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
staff presented the Teton County Board of County Commissioners with a slew of
strategies on Feb. 13 that will enable the community to move forward on the Road
to Zero Waste (R2ZW). The Teton County Zero Waste Resolution was adopted in
2014, establishing the goal of 60 percent diversion, or an additional 12,000
tons of waste diverted from landfill per year, by 2030.
strategies are derived from reports by industry experts, analyses of existing
programs and operations and comparison with other zero waste communities
throughout the Rocky Mountain West region. The result is a comprehensive list
of options that could be implemented over a 15-year period in cooperation with
local government, businesses, residents and organizations.
five years, the community can look forward to the implementation of commercial
food waste composting, collection and disposal fees that reward diversion and
expanded recognition of zero waste events and initiatives,” Heather Overholser,
Superintendent of Solid Waste and Recycling, said. “Some exciting first steps
planned for this summer include a food waste collection pilot project with
Grand Teton National Park and improvements to composting infrastructure at the
Trash Transfer Station.”
the short term, ISWR expects to install a sorting system to accommodate a more
commingled stream of recyclables. “At this point, we expect that the program
will likely be dual stream, potentially with containers grouped together in one
bin and paper grouped in another,” Overholser explained. “Requiring less
separation of recyclables will pave the way for increased curbside collection
and variable rate trash disposal, also known as Pay-As-You-Throw.”
responded with support as well as some questions. “What can we do about
plastics?” Commissioner Greg Epstein wanted to know. “They appear to be low
hanging fruit.” The answer to plastics, according to the proposed strategies,
is to use less. ISWR targets the reduction of plastic water bottle use through its JH2O
bottle refilling stations. Also on the list is an effort to promote reusable
shopping bags over single use plastic bags.
workshop was intended to showcase strategic options for increased waste
diversion. Approval of individual R2ZW measures for implementation will occur
through the annual budgeting process.
you for the presentations,” Chairman Mark Newcomb said. “You and your staff
have a put a lot of excellent work into the program.”
information on the Road to Zero Waste in Teton County, including Zero Waste
Tips for Households and Businesses, is available on the ISWR
website and by
contacting 307-733-7678 or email@example.com.