Recycle Utah’s annual Uncorked party pulls out the stops
July 19, 2016
Recycle Utah is pulling out all the stops for its annual Uncorked celebration.
This year's party will be held at the recycling center, 1951 Woodbine Way, on Friday, July 22, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., said Lindsey Nielsen, Recycle Utah director of outreach and communications.
"This is our fifth annual outdoor community concert and we're going to be setting up chairs and tables in our parking lot," Nielsen said during an interview with The Park Record. "We invite everyone to come to Recycle Utah, tour our facility, hear some awesome music and enjoy some local food and drinks."
The event is family friendly as well, according to Nielsen.
"We hope people will come out and bring their kids," she said. "Everyone can dance in the parking lot and we'll most likely break out the sidewalk chalk."
The Motherlode Canyon band will provide the music.
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"We are super lucky to wrangle former mayor Dana Williams and his band to perform," Nielsen said. "He's got some great songs that he's planning to debut at Uncorked."
The food and drinks, including both nonalcoholic and adult beverages, are available at additional cost.
"Lola's Street Kitchen food truck will be providing food and soft drinks," Nielsen said. " The adult beverages will be provided by Park City Brewery, Five Wives Vodka and Top Shelf Utah. And Wasatch Creamery will provide the ice cream.
"With all of our events, we want to support local businesses," she said. "That's why we have local entertainment and local vendors. That also reduces the food miles, [and] supports our local economy."
While the event is a community party, it is also a fundraiser for Recycle Utah's glass recycling program.
"Recycle Utah is the only game in town for glass recycling," Nielsen said. "There is no curbside glass recycling in Park City and Summit County. That's a real issue and Recycle Utah has stepped up to the plate and provided that service, because we think it's an essential service."
Glass recycling also happens to be quite expensive, and Recycle Utah provides that service for free.
"Salt Lake City residents can opt into curbside glass recycling, but they do have to pay for that service," Nielsen said. "In Park City, it is free and we are trying to offset the cost associated with this service through this fun community event."
Recycle Utah accepts glass 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"People drop off their glass at the center, but also drop off their glass in four remote bins located across Summit County," Nielsen said.
Those bins are located in Summit Park at Kilby Road, the Jeremy Ranch Park and Ride lot, the Trans Gear Systems parking lot and Willow Creek Park by the tennis courts.
The bins are designed to accept the four different colors of glass — clear, brown, green and blue.
"These colors aren't just for aesthetic reasons," Nielsen said. "Each color glass is made differently and broken down differently. Brown is coarser than clear or green glass, so it needs to be melted down at a higher temperature than the others. That's why we ask people to separate the glass by color."
In order for glass to be recycled, the bottle or jar has to be completely clean, according to Nielsen.
"When you are recycling a jam or peanut butter jar, you have to rinse it so all of the food refuse is removed," she said.
Nielsen said anyone who has questions about glass recycling can ask them at the event or visit http://www.recycleutah.com.
"Regardless, we hope people will come out and enjoy themselves," she said. "We encourage folks to commute by bicycle and we will have bike racks set up. However, if people need to drive, we will have plenty of parking."
Recycle Utah, 11951 Woodbine Way, will host its annual Uncorked event, a fundraiser for its glass-recycling program, on Friday, July 22, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Admission is $7. The event will feature live music from the Motherlode Canyon Band. For more information, visit http://www.recycleutah.org.