Advancing on the Road to Zero Waste will build upon proven success while providing guidelines for continued achievement over the next fifteen years. In 2015, over 86 million pounds of discarded materials were generated in Teton County. Of this total, nearly 30 million pounds of material were recycled, composted or recovered through reuse. Accomplishing the initial Road to Zero Waste plan goal of 60% by 2030 will mean the diversion of an additional 23 million pounds from the landfill. Reaching this total will require expanded community outreach, improved facilities and more convenient opportunities for diversion.
During the first five years of the Plan, the focus will be on building a strong foundation. Initiatives may include the expansion of commercial cardboard recycling, raised awareness of food waste reduction, implementation of commercial food waste composting, incentives for the diversion of construction and demolition waste, residential waste collection fees that reward diversion, and recognition of Zero Waste events and initiatives.
The following ten years of the plan will focus on enhancing the convenience, availability and efficiency of new and existing waste diversion opportunities. Programs that will be considered for longer term implementation include an expansion of curbside collection of recyclables, increased yard waste collection and recycling services that require less sorting.