Brief History of Trash in Teton County
Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling deals with a I the stuff this community no longer wants. From around 1960 until 1989, all of Teton County's waste was deposited in the Horsethief Canyon Landfill. As the population expanded, the landfill could no longer meet the community's solid waste needs.
Landfilling operations ceased at Horsethief Canyon in 1989 and a trash transfer station was built to facilitate waste removal to a landfill outside of Teton County. Even though waste has not been buried in the old landfill since 1989, groundwater contamination has recently been discovered at the site. To remediate this problem, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is requiring Teton County to construct an improved landfill cap. In addition, needed improvements to the solid waste facilities will allow for increased safety, user convenience, recycling and composting.