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Teton Valley Community Recycling regrets to inform recyclers who take advantage of our specialty recycling collections that one of our most popular TerraCycle recycling collections, the Clif Bar Foil Energy Bar Wrapper Recycling Program, will be closing nationwide at the end of February.

Over the past three years, TVCR, in partnership with Grand Targhee Resort has collected thousands of foil bar wrappers from community members which we send in for proper recycling. This particular TerraCycle program for “hard to recycle” waste was fully funded by CLIF Bar. The company not only paid for the processing and recycling of the material, but also shipping via UPS from our community. CLIF has decided to focus its efforts of developing fully compostable or recyclable packaging for all of their products by 2025 – no small task. We appreciate CLIF stepping up as a role model to other businesses to take responsibility for the packaging they produce. We hope more companies do the right thing and come up with better solutions for the packaging waste.

The TVCR Foil Bar Wrapper Collection will officially be shut down on Feb. 20. Please bring all of your accumulated bar wrappers to put in the drawers at the Geo Center or at General Laundry in Victor no later than February 20. After that, all bar wrappers and foil packaging must go to the landfill, so please do not bring any more to our collection sites.

We will be replacing this collection with drawers to collect the tabs from aluminum cans (soda pop or beer tabs) to donate to the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser in Salt Lake City to help house families with children undergoing cancer treatments. This program has raised thousands of dollars already since 1997 and your old aluminum pop tabs can help.

No – Foil Energy Bar Wrappers. Yes – aluminum can tabs

Recycling opportunities are constantly fluctuating and we do our best to research and find worthwhile diversion programs that work for Teton Valley. We are sad to see this program end and we truly appreciate all of the diligent recyclers in our community who have brought us clean, sorted items to ship to the recycler. Thanks for participating. We will continue looking for package recycling options that are viable for our community and keep you updated. Follow TetonRecycling on Instagram, Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates. And don’t hesitate to email us with any questions or comments about waste and recycling in Teton County at tetonrecycling@gmail.com.

Denim Drive ends Feb. 15

We’ve already managed to collect more than 450 pounds of used blue denim to be recycled into non-toxic home insulation! Join Teton Valley Community Recycling, Habitat of Jackson Hole, and Blue Jeans Go Green to give old jeans a new life – and someone a warm house!

This week is your last chance to dig through your closet, laundry room, or garage to find ratty old blue jeans that you’d like to see recycled. They should be clean and blue, but otherwise the condition of the material doesn’t matter – holes, tears, and all.

Please bring your used blue denim to the Geo Center (Driggs) or General Laundry (Victor) no later than February 15. If you miss it this year, don’t worry, we will collect again in January 2021.

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