Written by guest author Philip Curll
Nonprofits are the backbone of our community, and Park City Community Foundation provides the fortification to keep them healthy and strong. With a staff and board of philanthropy experts, the Community Foundation identifies needs within our community and collaborates with nonprofits and donors to ensure that those needs are met. Together, we’re constantly working to maintain and improve the quality of life that makes Park City so special. We all make the most of our town’s backdoor access and reliance on the great outdoors, and one nonprofit that is helping preserve our way of life is Recycle Utah.
Since its founding in 1991, Recycle Utah has become a staple part of Park City’s waste management solution, and its services offered are much broader than just recycling. Recycle Utah uses collection programs, education programs, workshops, and events to move toward its goal of empowering people to lead sustainable lives.
They were founded by a group of concerned citizens in response to the dire lack of recycling opportunities in Park City. In their nearly 30 years of operations, Recycle Utah has made great strides in their mission to empower people to lead sustainable lives.
“We are committed to changing the habits of Summit County citizens to ensure we protect this beautiful place we call home,” says communications director Haley Lebsack.
In 2017 alone, the facility averaged 400 visitors per day and recycled over 3.4 million pounds of materials. They also offer programs such as their building de-construction service, an alternative to demolition, which can keep up to 85% of building materials out of a landfill while also being more cost effective.
Their warehouse features a resale program on major appliances, hardware, and construction goods, where you can purchase high quality items while also supporting Recycle Utah’s recycling and re-use efforts. They accept all major recyclables at their facility on Woodbine Way in Park City as well as many hard-to-recycle items. You can find more information here on the variety of events and programs that Recycle Utah offers.
“We host Green Drinks on the second Tuesday of every other month, where you can socialize and network with others who are focused on sustainability and learn from community experts. The next one is July 10th,” says Lebsack.
While recycling today is important, Recycle Utah recognizes the need to continue educating and continually work towards a more sustainable future. Executive Director Carolyn Wawra is committed to their long term goal of creating a zero waste plan for Park City.
“As long as the health of our local and global environment is a concern, Recycle Utah will strive to offer community based resources and solutions,” says Wawra.
Visit the Recycle Utah page on our Giving Guide page to donate. With your support, Recycle Utah can continue to be our community’s environmental guardian for many years to come. For more information on events, services, donations, or leading a sustainable lifestyle in Park City, check out Recycle Utah’s website.