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Zero Waste Goals and Plans: Teton County and Jackson, Wyoming, USA

Teton County and Jackson, Wyoming

Teton County adopted a Zero Waste resolution in 2014 that directed staff to develop a “Road to Zero Waste” plan. Jackson, the largest city in the county, adopted a matching resolution in 2015.

Action(s) Taken

  • Zero Waste goals & plans

Population

22,000 county; 10,000 city

Year Enacted

2014 and 2015

Overview

Teton County is the first community in Wyoming, Idaho or Montana to adopt a Zero Waste goal. Both Teton County and Jackson are regional leaders and have established strong recycling programs despite the challenges of their rural and mountainous location.

The county was at 34% diversion in 2014.

The Zero Waste resolution aims for 60% diversion from landfills by 2030. A plan will be developed by 2015 and will likely include expanded organics composting, including food waste, and improvements to existing recycling programs, construction and demolition recycling, and reuse.

Background

Teton County started recycling in 1990 through a local nonprofit. The program was eventually absorbed by the county into the Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling Department.

Recycling and composting efforts offer big savings to the region. In FY2015 the county saved an estimated $925,000 in disposal fees. The local landfill has been closed due to groundwater contamination. Any waste must be transported over 100 miles to landfills in Idaho at a cost of $110 per ton.

Downloads

Jackson Resolution

Teton County Resolution

More Information

Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling Department

Teton County Commissioners Take Historic Action and Approve Zero Waste Resolution

Jackson Celebrates 25 Years of Recycling, Strives for Zero Waste

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