Future Landfill Closure Makes Dead Animal Disposal Uncertain

By: Alan Levine

 

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An official is spending the winter figuring out what Teton County will do with tons of dead animals each year once a landfill closes due to toxins.

Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling division chief Heather Overholser told the Jackson Hole News and Guide that an incinerator that fits the county’s needs could cost as much as $200,000.

She expects the landfill and 3 acres set aside nearby for dead animals will close by spring 2018.

Dead pets, domestic animals and roadkill had gone to the site for free since 1989.

Overholster said a charge of $50 per ton was recently implemented for domestic animals like dogs and cows.

Both the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Game and Fish can drop of animal carcasses for free.