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 RAD, who currently holds the county’s waste hauler contract.

 

Sorted and recyclable items are collected in various locations at the Transfer Station.

These locations are the stockpiles to the east of the scale house, in the green bins south of the transfer building, in plastic containers just north of the white tent and in the scale house.

In Green Bins South of the Transfer Building
  • Glass
  • Steel (cans only)
  • Aluminum (cans only)
  • Corrugated cardboard – Cardboard contaminated with food waste is not accepted. Cardboard should be flattened and no larger than 2×4.
  • Paper
  • Plastic bottles #1 and #2 WITHOUT lids
In Piles East of the Scalehouse
  • Wire
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Wood
  • Gypsym Wall Board (clean sheetrock)
  • Inert Fill (rocks, concrete, masonry, clean soil)
  • Brush
  • Green waste (yard trimmings)
  • Manure
East of the Household Garbage Bins
  • Used motor oil
In the Green Building
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Printer Inkjet Cartridges
  • iPods and MP3 Players
  • Digital Cameras
  • Pocket PCs, PDAs and Other Handhelds
  • All Batteries (Car batteries and larger need to be taken to the Green building)

Rechargeable batteries and cell phone batteries can be dropped off for recycling at the customer service desk at Teton Ace Hardware in Driggs. They will recycle them through the Call2Recycle program.

  • E-waste: Printers, Computers, Fax Machines etc.

TVCR promotes reducing, reusing, redistributing, and composting waste before recycling. We also discourage residential backyard burning of waste. Learn why on our burn page.

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TVCR promotes reducing, reusing, redistributing, and composting waste before recycling. We also discourage residential backyard burning of waste. Learn why on our burn page.

All recycling under 350 pounds is free for self-haulers.
Plastic Bags

Plastic bags can be recycled at the Teton County, Wyoming facility.

 

RAD’s Guidelines: All these materials should be placed in the RAD Bin and stuffed into one or two plastic grocery bags and NOT separately intermingled with the rest of the plastic bottles. Combine these materials into plastic bags help RAD efficiently provide your curbside service and assist Teton County, Wyoming bale this material, as well as make it much less likely for these materials to “escape” into the environment.

Clothing

Yostmark and NOLS of Teton Valley accept worn out Patagonia clothing through the Common Threads Initiative.

 

Gently worn clothing can be donated to See N’ Save thrift store. All proceeds benefit the Teton Valley Hospital Foundation. Teton County, Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling collects gently used textiles to be redistributed to regions thrift stores for reuse, however they do not send them to be recycled in to rags.  Read more about their textiles program here.

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs

Compact Fluorescent 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 fluorescent 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.

 

Teton County, Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling also accept CFL and tube fluorescent bulbs for responsible disposal.

Why can’t I recycle plastics #3 through #7?

It takes a minimum of two years to accumulate a full truck load of #1 and #2 plastics for shipment at the Transfer Station. Teton County has shipped two loads since we started recycling #1 and #2 plastics in 2012. That plastic was sold to Sage Recycling in Colorado.

 

Recycling plastic reduces the amount of waste going to the landfill — Mud Lake, but it also raises a lot of questions. Why can we only recycle bottles, and why only #1 and #2 plastics? Do we have to remove the caps? What happens to the plastic that is recycled? #1 and #2 plastics are recyclable because there are markets for the end products. #3 thru #7 plastics are made from different processes, and have more dyes, fillers and other additives. This makes it much harder to recycle them.

 

Even some #1 and #2 plastics are made with different processes and additives, and cannot be mixed in the recycling process. This is why #1 food tubs and trays are not recyclable with #1 bottles, and #2 plastic bags cannot be recycled with #2 bottles.

 

Bottle caps are also made with a different process and contaminate the bale when left on bottles. Every city TVCR has talked with that accepts #1 thru #7 plastics ships them to China for recycling. In general, #1 plastics are made into polar fleece, carpet fiber, tote bags, furniture, sleeping bags and jackets. #2 plastics tend to be recycled into lumber, benches, picnic tables, fencing, floor tile, trash receptacles and pens.

 

Preserve a U.S. based company, recycles #5 plastics into toiletries and kitchen products.

Bottle Caps

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 Preserve to be recycled.

Denim

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: Blue Jeans Go Green.

Document Shredding

Teton County, Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling provides document shredding. They charge 25 cents per pound for this service. Find more info here.

Styrofoam Beads and 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.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste is not recyclable. Teton County, Idaho residents can be reimbursed up to $150 for disposing of their hazardous waste with Teton County, Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling.  The Hazardous Waste facility is open the first and third Tuesday of the month, April through October, by appointment only. Find more information here.

 

This spring, 2017, Teton Valley Community Recycling will host its first Household Hazardous Waste collection event free to the Teton County community in partnership with Friends of the Teton River and the Teton County Solid Waste Department. Stay tuned for details.
Medicine

Medicine can’t be recycled, but now it can be disposed of safely at the Teton Valley Hospital Pharmacy. Flushing medicines down the drain harms our water resources, and putting them in the trash invites the risk of abuse by anyone who finds them. Bring your old medicine to the Teton Valley Hospital Pharmacy and they will dispose of them safely and confidentially through the Drug-Buster disposal system.

 

Teton Valley Community Recycling was awarded a $1,000 grant through the Idaho National Laboratory for a medicine disposal program in partnership with Teton Valley Health Care. Stay tuned for more on this program coming this spring 2017.