22,000 county; 10,000 city
2014 and 2015
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.
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.