ISWR breaks record with Christmas tree collection

(Jackson, Wyo.) - In early 2016, the Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling (ISWR) asked for locals to drop off their Christmas trees at the fairgrounds for free recycling and the town definitely responded. According to ISWR, this year over 40 tons (80,000 pounds – almost 3,000 trees) of Christmas trees were collected to be composted and reused locally rather than hauled 100 miles to the landfill. This is five tons more than the amount collected in 2015. “Folks here in Teton County recognize the importance of keeping organic waste out of the trash,” said Mac Dukart, Waste Diversion and Outreach Coordinator for ISWR. “Last fall, over 44 tons of yard waste and seven tons of pumpkins were collected in just three days during the Fall Yard Waste collection event." "There was a truly impressive number of Christmas trees recycled this year,” said Larry Pardee, the Town of Jackson’s Public Works Director. “The Fairgrounds parking lot resembled more of a forest during the month of January.” *Feature Photo: Christmas Trees collecting at the Teton County Fairgrounds in January. Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news