Recycle Utah extends Earth Day for Sunday fundraiser |

Recycle Utah extends Earth Day for Sunday fundraiser

This screen door was painted by children during a past Recycle Utah fundraiser. During the Earth Day Fundraiser this Sunday, another door will be painted by children at the Wasatch Brew Pub. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

Although Earth Day was officially celebrated on April 6, Insa Riepen, the executive director for Recycle Utah, a nonprofit organization committed to reducing waste and preventing ground water pollution in Summit County, said people should not stop taking care of the planet.

"There is no other place we can live, so we need to make sure we take care of our Earth, not only for us, but for our children and their children and down the line," Riepen said during an interview with The Park Record.

To help the public do that, Riepen is extending the Earth Day celebrations for Recycle Utah’s annual fundraiser that will be held this year at the Wasatch Brew Pub on Sunday, April 14. Reservations are suggested and can be made by emailing or by calling (435) 649-9698.

The event will feature a food, drinks and special activities and food for children.

"We will also present a slide show about Recycle Utah so people will learn about what we do," Riepen explained. "We are also going to hold a silent auction."

Some of the items for the auction include summer season passes for Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain resorts, art, sport bags and equipment and gift certificates for other businesses around town.

"Things are pouring in from all over, and this is totally cool because it’s all local items," Riepen said.

In addition, there will be a special children’s buffet and activity.

"The kids will paint an Earth Day door," Riepen said. "We’ll set aside an area upstairs and let the kids go for it."

The children’s buffet will include fish and chips, macaroni and cheese and chicken tenders with mango and honey sauce, said Lauren Boyack, the private events manager for Squatters and Wasatch Brew Pub.

"To celebrate all the children’s hard work with the door, we have developed a special kids menu for the event to show what the Brew Pub could do as far as private events go," Boyack explained.

Adults will also have a chance to sample the Wasatch Brew Pub’s menu with Diamond Ranch hamburgers and turkey burgers, she said.

"We also will have veggie burgers and a nice salad spread," Boyack said.

The Earth Day Fundraiser is the first major public event to take place at the Wasatch Brew Pub since a fire damaged the facility last November, said Judy Cullen, marketing manager for the Brew Pub.

"We encouraged Insa to host the fundraiser here, because we wanted to show off the renovations we did this past winter, and how green we are," Cullin said. "In the past we’ve held the event at Squatters’ Roadhouse Grill, but this is a way to show off what we are doing in how we’re working to run a facility that is environmentally friendly."

James Soares, director of environmental and social responsibility for Squatters and Wasatch Brew Pub, said the pub’s renovations took three months to finish, although the eatery was up and running within a month after the fire.

"Fortunately the Park City Fire District did a fantastic job of putting out the fire, and while there was a lot of surface damage, the building’s integrity wasn’t damaged at all," he said. "Most of the repairs were cosmetic."

First off, workers replaced the floor and repainted the walls, and took the opportunity to tweak a few things with the floor plan, Soares said.

"In the upstairs area, where the fundraiser will be held, the damage was minimal," he said. "We didn’t make any changes, except for the floor, because of the water damage, and we used forest-friendly flooring."

On the pub’s main floor, most of the wood used on the front of the bar, the cabinets and on the dining booths was saved from the fire and repurposed, Soares said.

"We tried to reuse and reclaim as much as the restaurant as we could," he explained. "Instead of buying new items, we repurposed as many things as we could.

"We also were able to incorporate the different things we have learned through our Squatters facilities and installed waterless urinals and low-flow toilets in the main restrooms," Soares said.

The biggest changes can be seen in the basement where the prep kitchen is located.

"That was damaged the most," Soares said. "We took the opportunity to increase refrigeration efficiency and created more storage space and upgrade to energy-efficient lighting, so and now use LED and compact fluorescent lights, which is a big energy-saving move for us."

When it came time for demolition and disposal, Soares and his crew looked at the different possibilities of recycling and donating the material that couldn’t be used for the renovation.

"It was easy to find places for those items, because Park City is a city that has made it easy to recycle," he said. "The community has been incredibly supportive, and the city worked with us to help us open in a timely manner after we passed inspection and were up to code."

At first, Riepen was hesitant to use the Wasatch Brew Pub for the fundraiser until she saw the changes.

"All I remembered was the dark paneling and the weird carpeting, but when I came in, I went upstairs and said, ‘Whoa, what happened here?’" she laughed. "Everything was so different and very open and full of light."

In addition to the remodeling, fundraiser attendees will also notice a row of art by students at the Park City Day School who used recycled materials to upcycle a bunch of polystyrene heads.

"When someone dropped these heads off at Recycle Utah, I found they were too unique to be recycled, so I called the school’s visual artist Lindsay Wellman and told her we had all these heads and that she needed to come get them and do something," Riepen said. "The idea was to inspire local students to do something. Instead of recycling, they can make art out of things that are donated to us. It is totally something fun for the kids to do."

All the material used on the heads is recycled.

"The project is designed to inspire and illustrate the importance of reusing or recouping objects to preserve the environment in an artistic context," Riepen said. "I had no idea they would turn out like this."

Fundraiser attendees as well as the general public will have a chance to vote on their favorite head, Cullin said.

"There will be a ballot box and the students who win will get an invitation to dine at the Wasatch Brew Pub with their families," she said. "So, we’re encouraging everyone who comes into the restaurant to vote and we will encourage all who attend the fundraiser on Sunday to vote."

Recycle Utah will host its annual Earth Day Fundraiser at the Wasatch Brew Pub, 250 Main St., on Sunday, April 14, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The cost for adults is $35 and that will include dinner and two drink tickets, and the cost for children is $15. All of the funds will be donated to Recycle Utah. Reservations are strongly suggested. They can be made by calling (435) 649-9698 or by emailing . For more information, visit

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