"They basically help people who remodel or demolish buildings to come up with plans about how to reuse materials that would usually be tossed," said James D'Angelo, ReUse specialist with Recycle Utah. "They kept those materials out of landfills and donate all reusable materials to local organizations such as Recycle Utah."
The partnership is a way to showcase Recycle Utah's own reuse program that was started a few years ago as the Good Wood project and morphed into The Warehouse.
(For more information about The Warehouse, see story titled "The history of The Warehouse.")
"We accept donations of old cabinets, doors, windows and clean them up to resell at our store, which is located at Recycle Utah," D'Angelo said. "The money earned from the sales helps Recycle Utah with its endeavor to rid Summit County of waste. This is especially important when we take into consideration recycling items such as Styrofoam and electronics."
To further promote the benefits of recycling, Recycle Utah is participating in ReUse People of America's national 2014 contest that showcases projects made mostly by using salvaged building materials.
"Our patrons can submit to us four high-resolution photos of an item or project, accompanied by an essay of no more than 250 words that describes what they've done," D'Angelo said. "We will accept submissions through Oct. 31."
Entries must fall into one of two categories — construction/remodeling and art/furniture. If an entry can be submitted into both categories, the entrant must choose one.
During the following weeks, the Recycle Utah staff will select the top three projects and enter them into ReUse People of America's national submissions by Nov. 30, D'Angelo said.
"From there, the ReUse People will then select three overall winners and announce them no later than Jan. 15, 2015," he explained.
Winners will receive gift certificates to the local recycle centers where the first entries were submitted, he said.
First prize is $1,000, second is $500 and third is $250.
"The purpose of the Reuse Contest is to show how local people can create new things from used materials," D'Angelo said. "It also shows how we can keep discarded construction materials out of landfills.
"The contest is also a way for Recycle Utah to announce our relationship with ReUse People of America and to broaden the interest of reused materials and to show the public that we have a recycling facility in Park City," he said.