Recycle Utah celebrates America Recycles Day with CHaRM and Green Drinks
November 11, 2016
America Recycles Day is a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit that is on a mission to inspire and educate people to take action to improve and beautify their community environment.
This year, America Recycles Day falls on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Recycle Utah, 1951 Woodbine Way, will celebrate with CHaRM (Collection of Hard to Recycle Materials) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., said Molly Brooks, Recycle Utah's director of outreach and communications.
"We will accept all kinds of hard-to-recycle materials that can't be collected in curbside bins or put in the trash," Brooks told The Park Record. "Some of these items and materials like batteries and thermometers contain hazardous materials like mercury."
Here is a list:
- Acrylic CD cases
- American flags
- Bike parts
- Bike tires
- Bike helmets
- Brita filters
- Camping propane tanks (empty)
- Cell phones
- Cooking oil
- Eye glasses
- Guitar strings
- Ink cartridges
- Mercury-containing items including thermometers, thermostats, radon detectors and
- Smoke detectors
- Paper (self-serve shredding available)
- Plastic film/grocery bags
- Scrap metal
- Plastics coded 1 to 7
- Styrofoam — no to-go containers or cups
- Tires — a maximum of four per household. Fees: $2 for each rim size 0-18 inches; $4 for each rim size 19-23 inches; $10 for each rim size 24 or more inches, includingtractors and equipment.
- Toner cartridges
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste containers, floss containersIn addition to hazardous chemicals, certain items on the list contain mixed materials, which makes them hard to recycle, but can be up-cycled."Some of the materials on the list can be made into new things, but if they are in the landfill, they'll just sit there and take up space," Brooks said. "So, Recycle Utah is offering options so these materials can be recycled."
Skis are a good example.
"We collect skis and while skis really can't be recycled because of all the different materials that make them, they can be repurposed by local artists," Brooks said.
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Other items like books will go into Recycle Utah's mixed-paper bin, or resold if they are in good condition.
"Bike helmets and car seats are crushed and shredded for recycling and bike parts, if they are metal, are recycled with our mixed metal materials," Brooks said.
Even clothing items such as bras will be collected.
"There is a company called the Bra Recycler that send reusable bras to women in developing countries," Brooks said. "If they can't be reused, the textiles will be recycled."
Some items such as tires require a fee in order to be dropped off.
"Tires are hard things to recycle and they are usually taken to the landfill and placed in a special area," Brooks said. "When you take tires to the landfill, you have to pay a fee. So, we will accept tires for the same price. That way people don't have to drive out to the landfill. Instead, they can drop their tires off at Recycle Utah and we'll take them out to the landfill for them."
In addition to CHaRM, Recycle Utah will celebrate America Recycles Day with Green Drinks at Aloha Ski & Snowboard, 580 Main St., from 6-8 p.m., Brooks said.
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.
"On Tuesday, we'll talk about climate change and how it affects us locally," Brooks said. "We'll talk specifically about Park City snow."
Brian McInerney from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide an update on the climate, and city council member Andy Beerman will review the city's carbon and renewable energy goals.
In addition, Becca Gerber from Aloha Ski & Snowboard will speak briefly on the company's green business efforts.
"Green Drinks is held every other month," Brooks said. "The next one will be in January."
Admission to Park City Green Drinks is free, but attendees must be aged 21 or older to attend. Food will be provided by Red Bicycle Breadworks.
"Donations to Recycle Utah will be accepted at the door, which will allow us to continue hosting these free community events," Brooks said.
Recycle Utah, 1951 Woodbine Way, will celebrate America Recycles Day with CHaRM from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Green Drinks at Aloha Ski & Snowboard, 580 Main St., from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. For more information, call 435-9688 or visit http://www.recycleutah.org. Anyone interested speaking at a Green Drinks gathering, email email@example.com.