NEWS AND EVENTS
Help TVCR win the 1% for the Tetons Video Blitz!
TVCR was one of the featured nonprofits in the 2014 1% for the Tetons Video Blitz. YOU can help us win the online vote (and help our volunteer filmmakers to earn a cash prize for their hard work) by watching the YouTube video and "liking" it. Remember to click on the thumbs up symbol on the lower right corner of the page! We love the fact that this video used "recycled" clips from the past to tell the story of recycling. Click the link below to access the video.
VOTE. Absentee voting is already underway in Teton County, and the election is coming up on November 4th. As a nonprofit, TVCR does not advocate for individual candidates. However, we do encourage all residents to be informed citizens and to exercise their right to vote. We asked the candidates for county commissioner three questions about recycling. Here are their answers:
1. What is your vision for recycling in Teton Valley?
Cindy Riegel: My vision is that it is a cost effective alternative for everybody to participate in waste diversion.
Tony Goe: My vision is for the citizens of this county to determine what their needs are and what their desires are and how it is going to potentially affect their pocket books. I do not want the issue politicized. I want the choice as to whether to recycle or not to be put to the public.
Bill Leake: My vision for recycling in Teton County in the future is that we get a large majority of the population to participate in that because it saves us a lot of money and it is the right thing to do for the environment.
Sid Kunz: I think people should be encouraged to divert waste as much as possible on their own, not being pressured to do so. If they choose to do so that’s fine, but if they choose not to, there should be no negative impact or penalty for not doing so.
2. What would you like to see included in the waste hauler contract?
Sid Kunz: I think there should be multiple options. They’ve done pretty well at providing options, whether it be bin sizes or weekly or bi-weekly pickup. The best thing I can see out of the waste hauler contract is options that people can individualize their plans to meet their individual needs.
Bill Leake: I would like to see incentives to encourage people to recycle. It’s a very big thing. If you can save money when you recycle, it will hopefully help you make the decision to go that way. Financial incentives. Doing the environmentally right thing.
Cindy Riegel: The waste hauler contract should include options for picking up recycling, whether that is RAD or somebody else. The pick up of recycling and waste should be coordinated. I also think that people like to have choices. It is good for the waste hauler to provide options. Each option has a different price tag. I would love to see composting included as well. It has to be cost effective for them (the waste hauler), too.
Tony Goe: I think it is premature for me to decide what I would like to see put into that contract until I can have it discussed in front of the public at a public hearing.
3. Waste diversion often requires an investment in infrastructure. How do you propose to support waste diversion with a tight budget?
Tony Goe: I want to examine the budget to see what line items are there that we might be willing to use to contribute to the waste diversion program. I also want to review what components of current infrastructure might contribute to that and what shortfalls there may be in the existing infrastructure that might need funding to support waste diversion.
Bill Leake: I think we have to take another look at how we’re charging for waste disposal and see if we can find a better way to distribute those costs more evenly to the people who are creating the waste. Then we need to look at what infrastructure we would need if we want to do things better and ask ourselves, is it affordable? If we think it is affordable and it is necessary, we need to figure out how to get it funded. That does not necessarily say raise taxes. There might be some grants or something out there we could get.
Sid Kunz: I plan on supporting the recycling center as it is. When and if other employees are needed we will look to see if the benefit to the county will justify bringing on other employees. Generally I will encourage people to recycle if they are interested in doing that. It is a benefit to the county to divert as much waste as possible.
Cindy Riegel: I was at the transfer station helping people to recycle two weeks ago. From my observation, it seemed like the infrastructure we have now was accommodating recycling. If we have incentives to increase recycling, we’ll have to increase infrastructure. That investment comes from the money saved through the waste diversion.
Recycle. In Teton Valley, you can drop off recyclables at the transfer station in Driggs, or you can pay for curbside pickup service through RAD Recycling. If you take your recycling to other counties, such as Jackson, WY, there are some differences in what they accept. Check their websites for more information.
Please note that the Teton County, Idaho transfer station is now on summer hours for recycling drop off. They are open to the public on Tuesdays from 8-3, Thursdays from 11-6, and Saturdays from 8-1.
Support businesses that support recycling! TVCR would like to thank the following businesses who provide sustaining resources for waste reduction in Teton Valley.