Girl helps jumpstart Glenwild recycling
July 2, 2009
A new no-sort recycling program a 17-year-old girl helped jumpstart at Glenwild appears to be working.
"Everyone has been using it," Glenwild resident Laura Gutman said. "It’s a huge bin and it’s usually pretty full."
The bin does not require Glenwild residents to sort recyclables, she explained, adding that Allied Waste delivers the material to a sorting station in Salt Lake County.
"I figured, to be more environmentally friendly, I would try to get a bin put in so people could recycle," Gutman said.
She took her idea for recycling to her homeowners association.
"Glenwild didn’t have anything like that," Gutman said. "The people who really wanted to recycle would have to take everything down to Recycle Utah in the city. I took all my recycling into town and that kind of was a hassle and people didn’t really like to do it."
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Curbside recycling pickup is provided by Summit County to some Park City, Snyderville Basin and South Summit residents.
But the program hasn’t expanded into areas like Jeremy Ranch, Pinebrook, Summit Park and Glenwild, Summit County Solid Waste Superintendent Mark Offret said.
"There are only certain areas of the county that are approved," he said.
Putting recycling bins in a neighborhood is more cost effective than curbside pickup, Offret explained.
Meanwhile, hiring a private recycling contractor for Glenwild was too expensive, Gutman said.
"That would have been way more expensive than getting a bin and the people on the board did not want to spend that much money," she said. "I presented a bunch of different options and the one that they thought was best was to get a huge bin."
Glenwild, a gated golf community north of Kimball Junction, contains many vacation homes.
"My friends live in L.A. and they have a house here," Gutman said. "They said they recycle all the time in Los Angeles but they don’t recycle in Glenwild because they have to bring everything down into town, and that’s a hassle. People don’t want to spend a whole 40-minute trip just taking their garbage into town."
Gutman notified the homeowners when the program began by e-mail.
"There is quite a bit of material now that is no longer being dumped, but recycled," her father, Andrew Gutman said. "So it’s actually quite a great success."