ISWR Community Parnterships

Tanya Anderson, a volunteer for Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling, hands out reusable shopping bags in April 2019 at Smith’s Food and Drug to help people navigate the town of Jackson’s new ban on plastic shopping bags. ISWR has issued a call for submissions for its 2020-2021 community partnerships program.

It’s trash day. Or rather, no trash day.

Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling is looking for partners for 2020 and 2021 to be part of its Road to Zero Waste, the agency’s program to divert 60% of discarded trash otherwise bound for the landfill by 2030.

It even has some money to give out.

The trash and recycling center will offer a limited amount of funding to nonprofits interested in promoting sustainable, Zero Waste-related initiatives in their day-to-day operations. Submissions are due Feb. 28.

For the 2020-21 cycle, Waste Diversion and Outreach Coordinator Carrie Bell said, Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling has $10,000 to distribute across all partnerships.

“I’m hoping to find some more to pad this a little bit,” she said.

In the 2018-19 community partnership program, seven nonprofits received cash to unroll initiatives of their own. Among them were Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area, which ran upcycling classes, and the Art Association of Jackson Hole, which incorporated Zero Waste-related programming into its summer art fairs.

The funding period for the 2020-21 program will begin May 1 and run until April 30, 2021.

To be considered for the partnership session, organizations — nonprofits only — will be required to submit a proposal. Proposals should include five things: a budget and project summary; an explanation of community need; details on how the project will reflect and promote the Zero Waste initiative; how the initiative will affect the community; and how to evaluate success.

For details, contact Bell at 732-5771 or cbell@tetoncountywy.gov.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

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