A ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday will celebrate the completion of Teton County’s new Trash Transfer Station.
The opening of the facility is the culmination of a larger project to rehabilitate the waste management site at Horsethief Canyon south of town. After it was discovered that the old landfill was contaminating groundwater in the area, Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling laid out a plan to fix and upgrade the operations and facilities.
Starting in 2015, Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling oversaw the construction of a new scalehouse, then excavation of the landfill’s waste. An interim trash transfer station was completed in winter 2018, and it will be transitioned into a compost facility for food waste when that commercial program begins this fall.
The new trash transfer station, which is used to dump trash that is then hauled to the Bonneville County, Idaho, landfill, will be ready for primetime this week. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is requiring Teton County to close the landfill by the end of 2019. The landfill capping is planned for this summer.
The celebration for the new station is at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at 5400 W. Highway 89.