Sustainability Practices


We currently recycle aluminum, steel/tin, glass, mixed paper, cardboard, plastic, and styrofoam in local towns Gardiner and Livingston, and batteries/small electronics by mail. All of our visitors are encouraged to participate in our recycling efforts by using the containers placed in common areas and cabins and rooms. 

Along with recycling, composting is another way we keep materials out of the waste stream. At the same time, we utilize cured compost to maintain and improve soil fertility in our horticulture areas. We utilize composting tanks as depositories for biodegradable kitchen-generated waste from the lodge and residence kitchens. 

We keep these facts in mind when we plan our recycling.

Aluminum & Steel/Tin

  • Recycling one aluminum beverage can save enough energy to run a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a television for 2 hours.
  • Recycling 125 aluminum cans saves enough energy to power one home for one day.
  • Recycling one ton of aluminum saves 37 barrels of oil.
  • It takes four tons of ore to produce one ton of aluminum.


  • It takes approximately one million years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill.
  • Glass never wears out – it can be recycled forever.
  • Recycling glass saves 25-32% of the energy used to make glass from raw materials.
  • Glass containers save 9 gallons of fuel (oil) for every ton of glass recycled. 


  • Americans use more than 67,000,000 tons of paper each year, or 600 pounds per person.
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough energy to power the average American home for 5 months.
  • Producing recycled paper requires about 60% of the energy used to make paper from virgin wood pulp.
  • Every year more than 900 million trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.


  • Plastics require 100 to 400 years to break down in a landfill.
  • Producing new plastic from recycled material uses only two-thirds of the energy required to manufacture it from raw materials.
  • Recycling one ton of plastic can save 1,000–2,000 gallons of gas.


  • The average American throws away four pounds of garbage PER DAY.
  • Paper is the most common item found in our trash.
  • Solid waste disposal is the third largest municipal government expense after police protection and education.