October 2023 – Changes for FY2024
As the Transfer Station Construction & Demolition (C&D) Waste Sorting facility nears completion, the County will be adjusting fees to cover the cost of sorting loads which contractors have delivered “unsorted” – that is lumber mixed with metal, brush, and other reusable items which could have been separated and reused or recycled through the robust salvaging program, wood chipping and compost, and scrap metal recycling. TVCR secured an $80,000 DEQ Sustainable Materials Managagement grant in 2021 as seed money to construct a covered sorting facility dedicated to recapturing up to 70% of this unsorted material, preventing it from going to the landfill. This simple structure which relies on gravity and sorting bins staffed by newly created County positions will be funded entirely by the sorting fees from those who choose not to sort on their own job sites. Many local contractors have developed systems to sort and reuse their own scrap materials, and will consequently be rewarded by being charge the $15/ton sorted C&D waste fee, while those with sloppy sorting practices or who just use one dumpster and choose not to sort, will be charged up to $350 per ton to have this waste sorted for them and recaptured for the community.
Tristan and Brad (New West Construction) inspect the newly poured concrete pad. Salvageable C&D waste
The C&D Sort Facility construction is expected to be completed in November and operational by December 2023. Expect to see further updates as the new sorting operation goes on-line.
Due to potential health and safety concerns of storing an increasingly larger quantity of drywall waste in the unlined C&D pit at the Transfer Station, starting 10/23/23, all Drywall waste must be sent to the landfill to prevent risks from hydrogen sulfide gas. It will be charged at the Non-Household fee ($120/ton); Note: this is LESS than the $210/ton C&D pit fee to ensure this material is properly landfilled.
Contractors: here is a useful article on how to better reduce, reuse, and recycle your drywall to save you money and reduce waste.
New Waste Category Added:
To help differentiate construction material that can be sorted and reused vs. material that cannot, the County has added a new category: Non-Household Landfill-Bound Waste which will be charged $120/ton. This includes the following:
– carpet and carpet pad
– asphalt shingles
– non-sortable C&D waste/mixed materials (e.g. wood with drywall attached)
– construction buckets, tubes, and packaging
– and more
Check the Teton County Idaho Solid Waste website for complete details. (new fees will be updated by Nov 1)
C&D Waste Fee Changes:
As the Transfer Station’s capacity to Sort incoming C&D waste improves, fees will be $350 for sorting unsorted loads. Clean Sorted Material (lumber, brush, metal, yard waste) and recycling will remain at the $15/ton, so take the time to sort your load to save a lot of money.See Accepted Recycling Materials
FY 2024 Solid Waste Tipping Fees
Household Waste. $100/ton. $5 min
Sorted Waste $15/ton. $2 min. (This includes traditional recycling, plus sorted yard waste, scrap wood, scrap metal, manure, etc.)
Non-Household Waste. $120/ton
C&D Waste to C&D Pit $250/ton – this includes Hot Tubs and other bulky items, plus C&D waste from New Sorting process
C&D Sorting Fee. $350/ton – This fee will begin as soon as the new C&D Waste Sorting Facility is operational.
All new fees were approved by the Teton County Board of County Commissioners as part of the FY2024 Solid Waste Budget
All other disposal fees have not changed. See the County Website for details.