Bigfoot in Grand Teton National Park #DontFeedTheLandfills

Moran, WY: The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers met up with Bigfoot in Grand Teton National Park to explore and learn about Grand Teton Lodge Company’s efforts to reduce their waste as part of the Subaru zero landfill initiative. Grand Teton Lodge Company has been working with the National Park Service, Subaru, and community partners to minimize their impact in the park. Grand Teton Lodge Company as well as other concessionaires in the park system no longer sell single-use water bottles. The plastic bottles you’ll see in the video below are brought into the park from visitors. Grand Teton Lodge Company has also partnered with local farmers in the area to provide kitchen scraps to be used for animal feed and compost. Their commitment to the Subaru zero landfill initiative goes above and beyond, evident by their employment of three (and more on the way!) employees that sort the recycling by hand. They remove non-recyclable items, clean out containers, and remove lids during the sorting process. The closest recycling facility doesn’t have the operational capacity to organize and sort the recycling coming from the national park. Before the initiative was developed and employees were hired by Grand Teton Lodge Company any dirty or unsorted recycling would end up in the landfill. We applaud these efforts and encourage visitors to do their part to help national park reach zero-landfill status, read these tips below to prepare for your next trip:

• Bring a reusable water bottle with you, and one for each member of the family, to refill and minimize single-use plastic items.
• Think about bringing real utensils, plates, and bowls and do your dishes at camp instead of taking single-use plastic items.
• Learn what is recyclable and what is trash at the park your visiting.
• Find out if you need to remove lids or wash out your recyclables at the park, it may be different than home!
• To keep our parks clean remember to bring a trash bag or designate a pocket for trash you see on the trail to pick up.
• While you’re enjoying the park watch your micro-trash! Make sure you keep the corners of any packaged snacks you tear off.

 

Enjoy Your World. Leave No Trace.

Donielle & Aaron

Leave No Trace’s Donielle Stevens and Aaron Hussmann are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, and SmartWool.