Green Drinks helps Recycle Utah to spread sustainability mission
Nonprofit adds items to recycling list
Recycle Utah is on a mission to empower people to lead sustainable lives.
The nonprofit does so by providing colleting bins for paper, aluminum, cardboard, plastic and other common and hard-to-recycle materials.
It also spreads its message through various events such as Green Drinks, which is held every other month.
“Green Drinks is an opportunity to meet and mingle with other eco-conscious people and
hear from local leaders about sustainability, environmental, and social advocacy issues,” Molly Brooks, director of outreach and communications, told The Park Record. “We invite anyone from Park City, Summit County, Wasatch County and Salt Lake to come and network and learn about different sustainable issues.”
This month’s Green Drinks, open to ages 21 and older, will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at Grand Valley Bank, 1225 Deer Valley Drive. Ellie’s Catering will provide and admission is free but donations will also be accepted.
“All the venues and businesses that host and cater these events are in our green business program, which means they are all businesses that are interested in sustainability and working with us to reach those goals,” Brooks said. “The people who speak aren’t necessarily in the green business program. But the speakers are either business leaders or people in the community who work in government or work with other nonprofits. It depends on the topic.”
The topic this month is transportation and the speakers will be Janna Young, director of public policy and intergovernmental affairs for Summit County, and Celia Peterson, environmental sustainability project manager.
In addition, Judd Werner from the Park City Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby will speak.
“He will talk about what the Citizens Climate Lobby does and what legislation they are proposing,” Brooks said.
The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a worldwide nonprofit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
“Judd has some extensive knowledge about these issues that he wants to share,” Brooks said.
- In other Recycle Utah news, the nonprofit is accepting contact lenses and contact lens packaging as well as used athletic shoes.“Collecting contact lenses and packaging is a new program that we have partnered with Terracycle and Bausch + Lomb,” Brooks said.
Terracycle is an online recycling service that accepts a variety of items through their free recycling programs, and Bausch + Lomb is one of the nation’s foremost contact lens and accessory companies.
“We will send the lenses and packaging to them and they will recycle them for us,” Brooks said. “The foil and plastic on the packages and the plastic lenses will be separated, cleaned and recycled.”
Even the cardboard boxes the contact lens packages come in and the heavier contact lens cleaning cases can be recycled in Recycle Utah’s cardboard bins and plastic caps bin, respectively, Brooks said.
In addition to contact lens and packages, Recycle Utah is also accepting used athletic shoes, sizes 7-11.
“All shoes must be in pairs and tied together by their laces and placed in the bin outside our offices,” Brooks said. “Unfortunately no leather shoes or sandals will be accepted.”
Recycle Utah has partnered with the MORE Foundation Group to recycle the shoes.
“MORE stands for modular Organic Regenerative Environments, and they take all of the shoes and sell them to vendors in Africa that help create jobs for the local communities,” Brooks said.
Proceeds from the sales are used to purchase tree saplings, tolls and training so families can help regenerate forests and farmlands in West Africa and Central America.
“If the shoes cans till be worn, they will be donated to people in these developing countries,” Brooks said.
Its two new recycling programs help Recycle Utah offer a convenient place for the public to help save space in the local landfill, Brooks said.
“We like to call ourselves a CHaRM recycling facility and CHaRM is an acronym for Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials,” she said. “We think that every little bit counts.”
Recycle Utah will host its March Green Drinks event from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at Grand Valley Bank, 1225 Deer Valley Drive. For information about the event or other Recycle Utah programs, visit http://www.recycleutah.org/events/park-city-green-drinks-4.
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