Recycle Utah Blog
Most know the basics that are accepted at recycle facilities: cardboard, glass and plastics. What some may not be aware of is that Recycle Utah is a CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials) Facility. In addition to these common recyclables, we also accept a lot of lesser-known items, often considered non-recyclables. Here’s a list of some:
- Oral Care Items: This includes floss containers, empty toothpaste tubes, packaging and toothbrushes.
Some of the biggest challenges our environment faces come from the decisions we make as consumers. We often buy based on convenience, and deal with the materials afterward. Challenge yourself and choose to pre-cycle, reducing harmful waste by not purchasing it in the first place, with these tips:
- Buy products with the least amount of packaging, or preferably no packaging!
- Rent, borrow, or buy used items when possible, instead of buying new.
- Choose it
Gallery MAR opened its doors in 2008, with a vision to educate and inspire global art collectors through its diverse array of visual delight. The atmosphere is fresh, the staff are friendly, and the art is elegant and unique. Behind the scenes, however, there is more. Gallery MAR is dedicated to supporting the environment in a variety of ways. This gallery is not only externally exquisite, but also internally committed to their community’s carbon footprintRead More
Being environmentally conscious at home is only half the battle, since businesses consume an enormous amount of resources. It may seem impossible to keep your environmental impact at work low, but these tips can help your efforts add up:
- Pack Your Own Food: Bring a mug to work for coffee and use a reusable water bottle. Packing your own lunch in reusable containers will help reduce the amount of waste you create while eating away from home, and will help save you mo
Recycle Utah’s Executive Director, Insa Riepen, is leaving the organization after leading it since 1999. Under her guidance, Recycle Utah has grown immensely, from a small recycling operation to a center for hard-to-recycle materials collecting over 45 different items, along with robust environmental education and advocacy programs serving the entire community of Park City and Summit County. “It's hard for me to believe that after more than 17 years at the helm of Recycle Utah I am leaving asRead More
Each time you flip a light switch on and off, you’re using electricity and affecting the environment. According to the World Resources Institute, over 20% of the electricity used in the U.S. is for lighting. Reduce your lighting footprint with the following tips:
- Use Energy Efficient Bulbs: Next time your light bulb burns out, opt for a light emitting diode (LED) bulb. The initial cost of the bulb will be higher than incandescent, but ends up saving you money in the
A family-run business since 1982, Cole Sport’s environmental ethics are ingrained into their policies and daily decisions. The Cole family and their dedicated management team share enthusiasm and commitment, seemingly embedded into their DNA, for their customers and the outdoors throughout their four local shops. Cole Sport knows there’s never a ceiling when it comes to vision and environmental commitment. Because of this, they were a good fit for Recycle Utah’s Green Business program. FirstRead More
Electronic waste, or e-waste, is anything discarded that once used electricity. E-waste is filled with toxic chemicals that can harm the environment when disposed of in the landfill. Limit your creation of this dangerous waste with the following tips:
- Use Products for Their Lifespan: Many electronics are disposed of when the newest model comes out. Make sure to use the entire lifespan of the product before upgrading. When you do need an improved device, look at refu
At Recycle Utah, we can’t think of a better resolution for 2017 than to strive to be more “green.” With small steps every day, we can reduce the impact of climate change, save space in our landfill, and preserve and protect our most precious natural resource, water. Here are some ideas to help you be green in 2017:
- Buy Less: It’s always better to reduce, reuse, and fix before buying something new.
- Recycle More: In your curbside bin, recy