Executive Director Insa Riepen not only wants to protect Summit County water sources, but also let the public know what Recycle Utah does.
That's why Recycle Utah is hosting a hazardous waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Canyons' cabriolet parking lot from 9 a.m. until noon for residents. Businesses will be allowed to drop off their waste, by appointment only, between noon until 1 p.m.
Riepen said the two sessions are required by law.
"We do this because if a maintenance company comes with a truckload filled with oil, it becomes a business matter that cannot be co-mingled with resident waste," Riepen said during an interview with The Park Record. "Because of the law, I need to talk with these businesses and find out who they are, what they want to drop off and how much they want to drop off. I need to make sure we have the space for it.
"They can call me for a time slot and need to have a check in their hand to pay for the disposal cost, which is a business expense," she said. "They will receive a receipt and an invoice."
Residents will have an easier time because all they have to do is drive up with their items.
"They don't have to get out of their cars," Riepen said. "They can just pull open the trunk and we will sort it all out and send it out of the county."
Residents can drop off many different items including medications and medical instruments.
"We'll have the Summit County Sheriff's office there to accept any kind of medications, including human and animal medications," Riepen said. "Many times pet owners will have sick animals and the veterinarians will prescribe meds, and if the animals die, the owners are stuck with all of this medication, so we will provide a place for them to drop it off, because you can't return them to the clinics.
"We will also accept large amounts of sharps, meaning hypodermic needles," she said. "If you are diabetic, it's hard to get rid of your sharps, and on this day, you can do that in one fell swoop."
Other accepted items will include paints, cleaners, oil, gasoline, batteries, tires and electronic waste, including used cell phones and tablets.
"Unusual for this event, we will also allow refrigerator units, air-conditioning units and cooling motors," Riepen said. "So it's time to clean up. Dedicate time to look under your beds, under your sinks and in your medicine cabinets."
Recycle Utah organizes clean-up events to create awareness and to keep the waste stream out of the area's water supplies.
"My worker bees will be the Sunrise Rotarians, and they know that water protection is very important," Riepen said.
Recycle Utah is opening an hour specifically for businesses, because the organization wants to help them dispose of waste properly.
"Businesses have a harder times getting rid of their wastes," Riepen said. "They can try and drive it down to Salt Lake, but they may be refused at the landfill. Or they can hire a service provider who would charge them a whole lot of money to dispose of their waste."
Sponsors include the Synderville Water and Reclamation District, Park City Municipal and Summit County, Riepen said.
Recycle Utah will hold its household hazardous waste collection event at Canyons Resort's cabriolet parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.recycleutah.org or call (435) 649-9698.