Teton Valley Community Recycling is proud to announce our new centrally-located Recycling Education Center in the GeoTourism Center in downtown Driggs. Thanks to a generous grant from the Youth Philanthropy program of the Community Foundation of Teton Valley and to volunteers, Lee and Kristie Eggebroton. The new installation has a brochure rack with current events and recycling information and a “Recycling in Teton County” slide show which will always have the most up to date and accurate information for locals and for visitors.
For those of you who have watched it, it is indeed true that our county does not recycle plastic food containers, grey board, magazines, and books. All of these items go to the landfill. The small collection bins at the transfer station are there to prevent people from contaminating the recyclable plastic bottles and corrugated cardboard. These other materials either don’t have any buyers or the County doesn’t have enough room to store them in dry bales (magazines.) So, go ahead and throw your plastic food containers and grey board in the trash and bring your books and magazines to neighboring counties. It will save you and the county a lot of unnecessary sorting.
At the new Recycling Education Center, you will also find special seasonal recycling collections, including the annual denim drive, holiday light strings, and other specialty items. This mini-recycling center is also home to our popular TerraCycle collections where you can drop off your dental waste (toothpaste tubes, old toothbrushes, floss packaging), clean foil energy bar wrappers, clean cereal bags, contact lenses/blister packs, and other hard to recycle materials. This collection is separate from standard recycling as it gets shipped back to the manufacturers to recycle in bulk instead of ending up in the landfill.
Thanks again to the Youth Philanthropy students from Teton High School for funding our Recycling Education Center.