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Recycle Utah is a recycling center in Park City that will open your eyes to all that can be recycled. Most (rough guess is 70%) of what Americans send to landfills can be recycled. By taking advantage of places like Recycle Utah, you can cut your waste dramatically and close the loop on resource production.
The folks at Recycle Utah have a passion for protecting the earth and improving resource efficiency. This means they provide recycling options for even those hard-to-recycle items. (“Hard-to-recycle” generally means “not-very-profitable-to-recycle.”) Through local sponsors and simple monetary donations, Recycle Utah can continue to provide this service.
Beyond the more common recyclables such as metal, paper and cardboard, there are bins for:
Glass—clear/green, brown, blue; Plastics—all labeled plastics #1-7; Plastic bags; Plastic caps (milk jugs, etc.)
And, then Recycle Utah takes it to another level with ways to recycle:
Photos, bike tires/tubes, cooking oils/bacon grease, Styrofoam, Tetrapaks (soy milk, rice milk, etc.), wine corks, and Terracycling items (candy wrappers, drink pouches, etc.), cds, cd cases
Try to find other area recycling centers that do that.
[The one thing that I wish I could find (and Recycle Utah doesn’t yet have an outlet for) is textiles recycling—holey socks, fabric scraps, stained clothing, quilt batting, yarn, etc.—synthetic fabrics, that is. If I have any cotton textiles I toss them in the compost bin.]
Associated with the recycling center is a warehouse offering building supplies at reduced cost—sinks, toilets, wood, cabinets, etc.
I live a 45-minute drive from Park City. Some might ask if the fossil fuels I use driving my car there (I take the sedan, not the truck), negate my recycling efforts. I haven’t crunched the numbers, but I still think that I am doing the right thing. Once you start down this path, it’s difficult to go back. The thought of sending stuff to the landfill that I KNOW can be recycled, gives me the heebie-jeebies. I turn the trip into an outing. Park City is a beautiful mountain destination after a scenic canyon drive. We sometimes go to the park or buy a caramel apple to share or meet friends for a picnic.
Each time I visit Recycle Utah, I am encouraged by how many participants are there. There are always cars coming and going. People walking back and forth, smiling, arms laden with items to recycle. There seems to grow a friendly kinship in our shared efforts to tend to the beauty and vitality of this beautiful state and its lands.
I love taking my children with me. It is an opportunity, each visit, to discuss what we are doing and why. Our discussions have ranged from environmental responsibilities to the origin of various resources and the processes by which they are created and then re-created. The kids enjoy figuring out what goes where, and sometimes fight about who gets to take the next load from the trunk of the car. Hands down, their favorite part is throwing glass into the large collection dumpsters and hearing that terrific crashing sound. My favorite part is seeing my children’s consciousness awaken, a little more each time.
[Location: The turn-off to get to the recycling center is across from the Park City cemetery. There is a green sign with the recycling symbol on it. Things to know before you go: though you can drop off most recyclables at the outside bins any hour of the day, the office, which houses some of the receptacles, is open only during standard business hours. Shipping glass to its recycling destination is costly. This is why finding a place to recycle glass in Utah is difficult; the cost cuts into profits. Though you do not have to pay to drop off your glass, if you have a spare buck or two in your wallet, consider adding it to the donation box to help offset the costs for Recycle Utah.]
(Just read the latest on a new, uh, *uplifting* program they, ahem, *support.* Bra recycling.)
See the slideshow below for a mini-tour.