Transfer Station & Recycling Program
In October of 1997, the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation (DVIR) implemented an Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Program (ISWMP) with special emphasis on reduction and recycling. The ISWMP components included a transfer station, speical monofills for waste reduction, and a fully run recycling center. The tribes, through IHS funding, have purchased a diesel truck and the tribes haul solid waste to the Elko City Landfill in Elko, Nevada. Currently the tribes are hauling 14 to 15 tons of household waste per week (does not include wood scraps, larger household appliances and tires). The Tribal solid wast truck has the dual function of hauling waste to the landfill and transporting the recycled commodities to markets in Idaho. Fees for the solid waste disposal are charged to each Tribal household, Tribal program, and other entities on the DVIR, through the monthly electric bill. Charging the major generators on the reservation a yearly fee to reflect the disposal practices of the entity generates additional funding for the program.
The tribes have forged many partnerships in the implementation of the ISWAP. Partners include: U.S. Environmental Agency, Indian Health Service, Southwest Idaho Health District, Solid Wast Association of North America (SWANA), Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Department of Transportation, Elko City Landfill, Idaho/Ada County Heath Department, Nevada Rural Water Association, Raft Rural Electric Cooperative, Idaho Power, City of Mountain Home, Idaho, Idaho Rural Development, Elko County School District, Association of Idaho Recyclers, Texas Natural Resources Conservation, Boise State University, General Services Administration and Guilford College of North Carolina.
Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Ordinance No. 98-SPO-01 provides enforcement mechanisms for the Tribal ISWMP, with support from the Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Court.
The Tribal Environmental Protection Program (TEPP) manages the Duck Valley Transfer Station. The Transfer Station offers a variety of municipal waste disposal options for the community.
There are two waste bins that accept household and municipal waste. Currently the Tribes are hauling 14 to 15 tons of household waste a week to the Elko landfill.
The Duck Valley Recycling Center accepts the following materials for recycling:
- Cardboard boxes
- White office paper
- Used tires
- Used vehicle batteries
- Used motor oil
- White goods (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, stoves, etc.)
- Aluminum cans
There is a scrap wood pit available behind the Transfer Station for disposal of waste wood
There is a Construction and Demolition pit for disposal of C & D Waste. Items that may be placed in this pit include: concrete, asphalt, drywall, metal pipes, asbestos free roofing tiles, plumbing fixtures, etc.
There is also a pit available for disposal of dead animals (livestock and wildlife).
Myron Thomas Program Technician (775) 757-3300