The scoop on recycling efforts in Teton Valley

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on June 4, 2015. It is republished with permission.  Admittedly, even as a devoted recycler since childhood, when I started working for Teton Valley Community Recycling (TVCR) five months ago, I was surprised to learn about how many things can be recycled locally in Teton…

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…

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…

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…

Full Circle Holidays

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on January 2, 2014. It is reposted with permission. The holidays are over. You enjoyed quality family time, good food, and perhaps even a few new gizmos. Now the question remains, “what do I do with all that waste?” Americans nearly double their waste right…

Thinking INSIDE the box

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News on October 3, 2013. It is reposted with permission.   For the past year and a half, I’ve been imploring readers to think outside of the box (or trash can) regarding waste. Now, I am asking you to think inside the box – the cardboard…