Contact: Mac Dukart
Jackson, Wy-July 10, 2012- The switch from hauling Teton County’s trash to the landfill in Sublette County, Wyoming, to the landfill in Bonneville County, Idaho has been in effect since July 2, and it’s been a smooth transition so far, according to Heather Overholser, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling Division Chief.
“The timing was right,” said Overholser. “ISWR staff carefully researched waste disposal cost comparisons over the past several years, and recently determined that the county will save approximately $155,000 in Fiscal Year 2013 by hauling municipal solid waste to Bonneville County.”
In June, the Teton County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to terminate the Sublette-Teton Landfill Agreement.
On July 2, Teton County began hauling trash to Bonneville County, Idaho. Although the haul is 10 miles further than Sublette County, the lower tip fee charge at the Bonneville County Landfill results in a lower overall cost. The Bonneville County Landfill is a lined facility that meets the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality standards. Bonneville County has adequate funds set aside for future landfill cell closure, future cell development, and lining.
County Commission Board chairman Ben Ellis stated, “Our community has benefitted greatly from the Teton/Sublette cooperative agreement regarding solid waste disposal. I thank Sublette County for the positive, collaborative relationship between our counties with respect to operation of the Sublette Landfill.” Teton County hopes to continue to work with Sublette County in the case of any unforeseen situation which would prevent us from bringing our solid waste to Bonneville County.