RECYCLING IN TETON VALLEY
There are two ways to recycle in Teton Valley, Idaho. You can bring your recyclables to the Transfer Station in Driggs, or you may pay for curbside pick-up through the private hauler, R.A.D. For more information on curbside pickup, see R.A.D.s website. Basic information on dropping off recyclables at the Transfer Station is listed below. For information, visit Teton County's Solid Waste and Recycling website.
TETON COUNTY TRANSFER STATION
Tuesday: 8AM to 3PM
Thursday: 8AM to 3PM
Saturday: 8AM to 1PM
Commercial Account Holder Days:
Wednesday, and Friday
1088 Cemetery Road, Driggs
ALL recycling for under 350 lbs of SORTED materials is FREE OF CHARGE for SMALL SELF-HAULERS! See the Teton County Transfer Station Current Published Fees for more information for fees on unsorted household and non-household waste.
TRADITIONAL HOUSEHOLD RECYCLABLES
- Glass Bottles and Jars – Glass is reused at the transfer station as fill for road and construction projects. Reusing glass on site reduces the cost and environmental impact of trucking heavy glass several hundred miles to the nearest glass recycler.
- Remove caps, corks and lids.
- All colors mixed together, please rinse to deter insects and rodents.
- No drinking glasses, lightbulbs, mirrors, windows, or cooking pots.
- Corrugated Cardboard – Cardboard boxes are baled and shipped to recyclers.
- Boxes must by flattened and emptied of all contents
- NO Greyboard such as cereal boxes or egg cartons.
- #1 and #2 Plastic Bottles - Please rinse and remove caps. A bottle is defined as a container whose neck is narrower than its body. Please do not put other plastics such as food tubs in the bin.
- Aluminum Cans – Please rinse to reduce odor, insects, and vermin.
- Steel/Tin Cans – Please rinse to reduce odor, insects and vermin.
- Paper – Teton County collects mixed paper products (newspapers, office paper, magazines, etc) for recycling.
- Used Motor Oil
- Car and household batteries
- Printer Inkjet Cartridges
- Cell Phones, iPods and MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, PDA's, Palm Pilots - Collected at the scale house and recycled.
OTHER SORTED WASTE
- Wood - dimensional lumber, 2X4's, floor joists, plywood/OSB
- Sheetrock (Gypsum wall board) - no wood attached
- Rocks, concrete, masonry, soil (clean)
- Green Waste - Grass and yard trimmings
- Brush, tree limbs, logs, stumps, untreated posts
- Christmas Trees - Please remove all ornaments and lights
RECYCLE OTHER ITEMS :
Plastic Bags – Are being collected at Broulims for recycling by bulk.
- Plastic #2 shopping bags and clear plastic film such as bread bags and the plastic wrap that comes around bulk toilet paper.
Cell phones can be recycled at the scale house at the Transfer station.
Small batteries can be dropped off at the tipping station window. Larger batteries can be handed to a worker at the tipping building.
Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs
Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs, CFLs, contain a very small amount of mercury, and should NOT be disposed of in landfills. Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative will take back your compact flourescent lightbulbs for recycling. They can be dropped off at their Driggs office or other locations. Please carry them in two sealed ziploc bags for safety.
#5 Plastic Containers
Plastic that isn't a #1 or #2 bottle is difficult to recycle. Most places that accept #1-#7 plastics ship them to China for recycling. Some types of plastic are not valuable to recycle. Teton County has chosen to recycle #1 and #2 plastic bottles, which have stable, domestic markets, and to encourage consumers to REDUCE use of other kinds of plastic. But what about all of those yogurt containers? First, buy large containers rather than single serve to significantly reduce the amount of plastic discarded. Adding your own jam or fruit makes each serving different and delicious! You can also recycle #5 plastic containers yourself by sending them to Preserve through the Gimme 5 program. Some people even make their own yogurt to eliminate plastic altogether.
It's true that some plastic recyclers now accept caps. However, removing caps allows Teton County more options for recyclers and the potential to get higher prices. Therefore, we ask recyclers to continue to remove caps from plastic bottles. If you would like to recycle your bottle caps, you can collect them and mail them to Caps Can Do to be recycled into funnels, buckets and more. Aveda accepts them at select stores, also, but that requires travel to Boise or Salt Lake City.
Teton County does not currently collect textiles for recycling. We encourage residents to donate lightly used clothing to our local thrift stores, like See N' Save. Individuals may also mail jeans and other denim products too worn to donate to Cotton from Blue to Green, where they are made into insulation for Habitat for Humanity homes.
Jackson Recycling shreds and certifies document destruction. They can shred 2,000 lbs an hour for just 20 cents a pound! No one does it cheaper.
Styrofoam Beads/Plastic Packaging
Styrofoam lasts forever in landfills and releases toxic gases if burned or heated.
Encourage stores to use paper or reused styrofoam and plastic bubble wrap. Encourage restaurants and coffee shops to switch to paper or other bio-degradable products for a few cents more. Victor Cafe, Java the Hut, SUBA in Victor and Grand Targhee do this now. Let us know who else is doing this so we can list them here.
Hazardous waste is NOT recyclable. Reducing hazardous waste in our lives is best. If you have hazardous waste to dispose of, please see Teton County's hazardous waste policy. Teton County, Idaho residents can be reimbursed up to $150 for disposing of their hazardous waste at Jackson Community Recycling in Jackson, Wyoming. The Hazardous Waste facility is open the first and third Tuesday of the month, April through October, by appointment only.
Jackson Community Recycling
3270 S. Adams Canyon Dr. South Highway 89, Jackson, Wyoming
Phone (307) 733-7678
Fax (307) 733-7616
Office hours: 8AM-5PM, Mon-Fri
Drop off: Open 24/7
Visit their site, www.tetonwyo.org/recycling, for details on all their programs. They also provide financial details and impact studies. Great site and a great organization. The Wilson Site is site is for Wilson residents only. Please take your recyclables to the main recycling center on S. Hwy. 89 or to the Jackson Fairgrounds.
No businesses are ever permitted to use neighborhood sites, but must take their recyclables to the main center.