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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Recycle Utah in Park City now accepts bicycle tubes, which are used as fuel to make cement at a plant in Morgan County.

Geocycle in Croydon shreds the inner tubes "then feeds them into our kiln," said Chad Barker, co-processing manager for Geocycle.

"We have a shredder and a processing facility at the cement plant in Croydon," Barker said. "Our biggest alternative fuel is tire chips."

Help prevent wildfires

Invasive weeds fuel wildfires and money is available for organizations willing to help reduce weeds in Summit County.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is accepting grant applications for projects designed to reduce the size and frequency of wildfires. The grants are being awarded through the newly created Invasive Species Mitigation Fund.

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Up to $2 million is available for public and private entities in Utah, a Department of Agriculture and Food press release states. Applicants are encouraged to partner with local, state and federal government entities as well as with private individuals or groups to develop large-scale project proposals.

Projects will be rated based on their size, cost and quality.

"Project quality considerations will include the project’s potential to prevent air pollution, flooding, reduced visibility on highways, soil erosion, degraded water quality, release of carbon, damage to wildlife habitat or livestock forage, and negative economic impacts to rural communities," the press release states.

Applications will be accepted until July 12 and can be obtained online at ag.utah.gov. For more information contact the Department of Agriculture and Food at (801) 538-4916.

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