SHIFT has been designated a “Road to Zero Waste (R2ZW) Green Event” by Teton County, WY. The R2ZW Green Event designation is an extension of the Teton County Zero Waste Resolution, which established in 2014 the goal of 60 percent diversion, or an additional 12,000 tons of waste diverted from landfill per year, by 2030.
R2ZW strategies are derived from reports by industry experts, analyses of existing programs and operations and comparison with other zero waste communities throughout the Rocky Mountain West region. The result is a comprehensive list of options that could be implemented over a 15-year period in cooperation with local government, businesses, residents and organizations.
Teton County generates an average of 80 million pounds of waste per year. Dealing with all this waste comes at considerable cost – both fiscally and environmentally. Currently 34% of Teton County’s waste stream is diverted from the landfill through waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and other waste diversion programs. The rest is trucked 100 miles to be buried in a landfill outside of Idaho Falls. The 2016 cost to landfill garbage from Teton County is $115 per ton; alternatively, the net cost of recycling materials in Teton County averages $15 to $20 per ton. Reducing the amount of trash generated is the most effective cost-saving strategy.
Under the mentorship of Mari Allan Hanna, Waste Diversion Outreach Coordinator for Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, SHIFT has developed a comprehensive plan to reduce waste generated from the 2017 event, including establishing waste signage at Snow King Resort and the Center for the Arts, eliminating waste at its source, and identifying potential sources of waste which can be eliminated.
Held each autumn in Jackson Hole, SHIFT is an annual gathering that brings together stakeholders from the outdoor rec, cultural relevancy, conservation and land-management communities to advance the protection of our public lands. Set at the forefront of The 2017 SHIFT Festival, which runs from November 1-3, is The SHIFT Summit. This year’s Summit explores the economic case for public lands: how investments in outdoor recreation and public lands create local economic prosperity and contribute to vibrant, resilient communities across the U.S.