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Food Waste Pilot Program at Wyoming National Park Deemed Successful

During the duration of the pilot program, 73.3 tons of food waste was diverted from landfill and sent to a composting facility in West Yellowstone, Mont.

Nine entities, including Teton Park, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling and park concessionaires, recently completed a six-month food waste pilot program at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

During the duration of the pilot program, 73.3 tons of food waste was diverted from landfill and sent to a composting facility in West Yellowstone, Mont. This total was shy of the project’s goal of 150 tons, but still deemed successful.

In addition to being successful, the pilot program allowed the county to see what needs to be done for a food waste program to be rolled out on a larger scale, which is something the county plans to do in the next four years.

Jackson Hole News & Guide has more details:

A pilot program that aimed to curb the food waste that makes up 40 percent of Grand Teton National Park’s total waste was deemed successful after its first season.

From May through October, 73.3 tons of food waste was diverted from the landfill to a composting facility in West Yellowstone, Montana. The work was a partnership between nine entities including Teton park, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling and park concessionaires.

While the project didn’t meet the goal of 150 tons, it was still hailed as successful in tonnage and knowledge, said Mari Allan Hanna, the waste diversion and outreach coordinator at Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling.

Read the full story here.

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