Share your thoughts on recycling in Lander

As you may already be aware, Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District is considering a reduction in the recycling services offered in Lander. This comes at the recommendation of a county recycling committee as the county faces budget challenges.

If adopted, the change would remove glass, paper, and plastic recycling, while continuing to allow free recycling of tin, aluminum, scrap metals, and hazardous materials (paint, batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, electronic waste, etc.).

The Outdoor Council has a long history of supporting recycling in Fremont County. Our members value the ability to divert waste from the landfill, reduce the use of more virgin materials, and save money by reducing the amount of trash we take to the landfill.

According to the Solid Waste District, current recycling efforts in Fremont County result in about a 5 percent diversion from the landfill. The current cost to the county for recycling is $600,000 per year, which is 14 percent of the Solid Waste District’s annual budgeted expenses. In the eyes of the county, this results in a disproportionate ratio of expense to benefit. For reference, the cost to manage one ton of standard waste (garbage) is $80. The cost to manage one ton of recyclables is $320/ton. Fremont County residents currently pay 4 cents per pound at the landfill, which covers the cost of managing our trash. Comparatively, the full cost to the county for recycling, not including any income the county may get from the recyclables, is 16 cents per pound.

Please take a moment to answer the following questions before March 21 to help inform the board’s decision, which could be made later this month. Find the entire survey here.

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10 comments on “Share your thoughts on recycling in Lander
  1. Lorna Bria says:

    The recycle program is very important to me and my husband. We feel strongly that it is in the best interest of this community and state that recycle items not be a part of the landfill. It is important to consider the future of our lands for our future families.

  2. Dora Babione says:

    A few years ago there was a group of people from I think Kentucky was at Fort Washakie showing a program that they started. it was a recycling program provides more jobs. If we could get a hold of them for a presentation it could help more than hinder.

  3. Marshall gdula says:

    Keep it

  4. Marydale Casey says:

    To ignore the potential markets for materials is very short sighted. This is not a problem that ll go away by ignoring. With more education to residents and research into the recycling industry this would not be the big ‘burden’ administrators seem to have dumped – pun intended- this into.

  5. Rebecca says:

    I think we should do our best to come up with a good plan. Let’s try to do what we can for our children, our children’s children, and so on.

  6. Catheron E. Oviatt says:

    Recycling makes me happy! I can’t do much, but I can do that! I think fees are a logical way to pay for the service! The fee should be determined by the amount recycled and number of times! It’s not an easy solution — but one that the smart folks of Lander can and much solve! Let’s do this fairly now!

  7. Michael says:

    We have an obligation to be responsible citizens with our waste. Surely we can find a solution to avoid filling the landfills faster with goods that simply don’t decay with any appreciable rate. The historic landfill concept was based on waste that would eventually break down.

  8. Jessica says:

    We recycle more than we throw away. It’s 2016, lets keep Lander modern and clean!

  9. Tracy Davison says:

    If cheyenne can do so can we. Being the owner of Western Printing we recycle over 400 pounds of paper a month.

  10. Carla T says:

    The current “news” is that the Waste District board is accepting comments from the public on how to improve recycling so it can possibly remain. From what I see this stance is set up for failure from the very start, failure to keep recycling and go with what the Waste District desires. How can the public make an informed and thoughtful comment on how we the public would be able to assist when we do not know any facts that are helpful. Like who, what, why, where, when and how much. Who are they currently using to recycle the current items, what are they doing with it? trucking it?, why do they use the system they are currently using, where does it go when it leaves, when and how many times do they remove for example paper, how much is it currently costing? I ask this question because paper recycling is handled differently than plastic recycling and they have not told us any specifics that are helpful.

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