Recycle Utah celebrates Earth Day
Recycle Utah wants to celebrate Earth Day in style.
The nonprofit that is dedicated to helping people lead sustainable lives, has even more reason to party this year, because the Park City and Summit County councils have officially proclaimed Friday, April 22, as Earth Day, said Lindsey Nielsen, outreach and communications director for Recycle Utah.
"This is the first time ever that that has happened up here," Nielsen said during an interview with The Park Record. "We’re so thrilled for that."
Recycle Utah’s celebration will begin with a free film-screening prelude of Grant Baldwin’s documentary "Eat It: a Food Waste Story" on Thursday, April 21, at the Jim Santy Auditorium at 7 p.m.
The screening is a partnership with the Park City Film Series, according to Nielsen.
"This film is about the massive food waste epidemic that has been ingrained systematically in the United States," she said. "Following the screening, we’ll host a special presentation by Momentum Recycling that is about an anaerobic digester that will turn food waste into compost."
The next day is when the real party begins, Nielsen said.
"We are partnering with Whole Foods at Kimball Junction and five percent of the Earth Day net sales will be donated back to us," she said. "That’s huge, because as a nonprofit, we rely on independent donations and the support of the business community.
This is an easy way to support us because people just have to do their regular grocery shopping that day."
Whole Foods will be open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Recycle Utah staffers will be on site from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to collect electronic waste, including old cell phones, MP3 players and other similar items, Nielsen said.
That evening, Recycle Utah will host its annual Earth Day Fundraiser at Wasatch Brew Pub, 250 Main St. The event will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Adult tickets are $35 and children, ages 12 and younger, will be admitted for $15. RSVP and purchase tickets by visiting http://www.recycleutah.org , or at the door. RSVPs can also be made by calling 435-649-9698.
Ticket prices will include entry to the event, dinner and two drinks, including soft drinks for children.
"This will be an amazing event and will feature a ‘no stuff’ silent auction, which means we won’t be auctioning off gift baskets that you can take home," Nielsen said. "Instead, we will give participants a chance to bid on experience packages from local businesses such as Deer Valley, Jafflz, AlpenFit and some amazing packages from the Hyatt Centric. There are 20 or so experiences that people can bid on."
The fundraiser will also feature a mystery wine grab.
"Our amazing board of directors and volunteers have donated bottles of wine and these bottles will be wrapped in upcycled newspaper," Nielsen said. "Adults will pay a flat fee of $10 and they can go and pick a wrapped bottle."
The catch of the game is that some of the donated wines are high-caliber and some aren’t.
"We have bottles that cost $32 and more and others that are $12," Nielsen said. "So, you take your chances of what kind of bottle you end up getting."
The dinner will be made from the Wasatch burger bar and a Wasatch veggie burger bar.
"We’ll also have the Wasatch Brew Pub’s legendary guacamole, salsa and chips and drinks for both children and adults," Nielsen said. "This is such a fun community event."
It’s also a unique and enjoyable way to celebrate Earth Day and support Recycle Utah’s collection services, environmental education programs and outreach programming.
"We have expanded our education program in the past year," Nielsen said. "We go into all of the elementary schools in Summit County and are expanding into Wasatch County."
Last year Recycle Utah did outreach programs for more than 8,000 local children.
"We could not be more excited to have the opportunity to be educating the next generation of conservationists in their schools," Nielsen said.
Recycle Utah will host a free screening of Grant Baldwin’s "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" at the Jim Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Ave., on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. The celebration will continue with the annual Earth Day dinner at the Wasatch Brew Pub, 250 Main St., on Friday, April 22, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger. For more information or to RSVP, visit http://www.recycleutah.org .
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