In 2004 Subaru of Indiana Automotive became the first automotive assembly plant in America to achieve Zero Landfill Status. Soon thereafter, Subaru realized their capacity for helping other businesses and organizations achieve the same zero waste status. In 2015, Subaru and the NPS partnered to begin the Zero Landfill Initiative within National Parks. The objective of the Zero Landfill Initiative is to use Subaru's expertise to identify, test, and promote practices that reduce the amount of trash the National Park Service sends to landfills. For the program, three pilot parks, Grand Teton, Denali, and Yosemite, are tasked with becoming leaders in waste diversion and sustainable practices. At Grand Teton, generous funding from Subaru and the NPCA is being used to support a wide variety of programming.
ZLI in Grand Teton
Waste Characterization Study
Composting pilot program with Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling, Signal Mountain Lodge, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company.
STREAM (Science, Technology, Recycling, Engineering, Arts, Math) art installation at Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center to visualize recycling data within the park. Program led by Jackson Hole Public Art, in partnership with Grand Teton National Park and Teton County School District, and with funding from Subaru's Zero Landfill Initiative.
New recycling infrastructure throughout the park, including:
500 home recycling bins for NPS employees
Public recycling bins for the NPS and concessionaires
Universal Recycle Across America labeling on recycling bins
Retrofit of large recycling bins for safer openings
Partnership with Teton County ISWR and the opening of Teton County's first composting facility in 2021.
Increased incentives for concessionaires to go Zero Waste
Funding for outreach and education projects
We Know More About our Waste Than Ever
Between infrastructure improvements, education & outreach programming, and composting pilots, Grand Teton has made great strides in increasing its capacity for Zero Waste success. Thanks to the Waste Characterization Study, Grand Teton now has a better idea of what its waste looks like, where it comes from, and where it goes. This information has been critical to identifying even more ways the park can improve recycling and waste diversion projects, and get that much closer to the goal of diverting 60% of waste by 2030.