A Quick and Dirty Guide to Plastics

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on November 6, 2014. It is republished with permission.  Have you ever wondered what the numbers on plastic products mean? The symbol is a part of a coding system developed in 1988 by the Society of the Plastics Industry called the Resin Identification Symbol System…

Reduce Your Costs as Fees Increase

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on September 4, 2014. It is republished with permission. On Monday, August 25th, a handful of citizens gathered at the county commissioner’s meeting to share their thoughts regarding proposed fee changes designed primarily to cover the cost of the landfill cap. Many voiced concerns, but…

Why Recycling Matters to Me from Then until Now

Written by TVCR summer intern, DiLexxus Mathis, from the City Kids Wilderness Project. This article was originally printed in the Teton Valley News on August 7, 2014. It is republished here with permission. When I was younger, my mom would force me to sign up for things I really wasn’t interested in; one example was…

Are Compostable Cups Better?

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on July 3, 2014. It is reposted with permission. Summer is finally here! From Music on Main to backyard barbeques, summer brings great food, music, and fun in the sun. Summer festivals and events also create a surge in the use of disposable cups, plates,…

Clothes the Loop

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on June 5, 2014. It is reposted with permission. Where does used clothing go to die? According to the US EPA, 14.2 million tons of textiles were sent to US landfills in 2012, a whopping 5.7% of municipal solid waste and an average of 70…

What the MRF?

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on May 1, 2014. It is reposted with permission. What would you do with 4.8 million dollars? According to LBA Associates, that’s how much money our region is losing by burying recyclable materials in landfills instead of recovering them. On April 17th, LBA Associates presented…

Celebrating the Paper Anniversary

This article was originally printed in Teton Valley News on April 3rd, 2014. It is reposted with permission. Paper is the traditional gift for the 1st wedding anniversary, but what do you give to celebrate the first year of a paper recycling program in Teton Valley? I recommend a round of applause for County Engineer…

Chasing Cans, Cardboard, and Ice

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on March 6th, 2014. It is reposted with permission. Did you plant 53,000 trees last year? Neither did I. Luckily, the collective recycling efforts in Teton Valley had the same impact on our carbon footprint as planting all those trees would have. The aluminum and…

The Food Waste Hierarchy

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on February 6th, 2014. It is reposted with permission. Did you know that food waste makes up the highest percentage of waste going to landfills? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, 21% of the waste stream is food waste. Wasting food wastes money, wastes…