Zero Landfill Initiative

National Park Service (NPS) - Grand Teton | Jackson, WY | Completed: 2017

Zero Landfill Initiative | IMG_1204Teton

Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) showcases the major peaks of the 40-mile long Teton Range and includes more than 1,000 drive-in campsites and over 200 miles of hiking trails within a 480 square mile footprint. The National Park Service (NPS), along with its two main concessioners – the Grand Teton Lodge Company (GTLC) and Signal Mountain Lodge/Forever Resorts (SML) – maintains several visitor centers, picnic sites, trail heads, campgrounds, retail shops, marinas, guest lodging, and employee housing throughout the Park. GTNP faces a number of other unique challenges. Waste and recycling receptacles throughout the Park must be bear-proof and must have sufficient capacity to avoid the potential for overflow. Extended-term Concessioner contracts, which over time could be modified to align with Zero Landfill targets and implementation requirements, turn over infrequently. Further, Park guests originate from anywhere in the world and have a wide range of expectations about recycling, waste reduction, sustainability, and environmental behaviors. MSW Consultants is currently facilitating the development of a Zero Waste to Landfill Plan for GTNP. In this role, MSW Consultants key staff are chairing the Zero Landfill Coordinating Committee, a multi-organization group responsible for boosting the Park's recycling rate from the current 20%. MSW Consultants is documenting the current materials management system, identifying opportunities for optimizing operational performance, and assisting in discussions with a corporate sponsor (Subaru of America) to identify best practices that can be applied to other national parks.