Yellowstone National Park, WY – Yellowstone National Park has embarked on one of the most ambitious recycling programs in the national park system.
Five years ago, nearly 90 percent of the trash from Yellowstone's three (M) million visitors each year found its way to the landfill. Now, about 65 percent of the trash is recycled.
That includes some items that are frequently recycled, such as cardboard, paper, cans and glass. But the park also recycles items like tires, construction materials, used cooking oil and propane
bottles from camping stoves.
The recycled materials are trucked away by a cooperative called Headwaters, which is based in Helena, Montana.
Bill Crane is the general manager of Headwaters. He says Yellowstone's example will eventually change the way that recycling is done in all the national parks.