Park City’s lean, mean, green teams
Recycle Utah recognized businesses and individuals working toward making Park City a greener place during the group’s annual meeting and awards party Tuesday evening. Summit County currently diverts 18 percent of its waste from landfills, Recycle Utah’s outreach director, Lola Beatlebrox said, adding that the national average is currently 15 percent. Beatlebrox said the county’s goal is to divert 30 percent of waste to recycling by 2010, but with the help of those recognized at the party and the actions of other individuals in the community, it could happen sooner.
The first award of the evening went to Park City 333 Main Development LLC, owners of the Main Street Mall, in the business category. Director of operations Steve Barton said this is the company’s first time receiving the award and that they were "thrilled and excited." Design Development Research Management Companies (DDRM) manages the mall.
Employees credit DDRM’s commitment to the environment to their boss, Stan Castleton. "[Castleton is] the vision, and we’re the followers," office manager Brittney Ruziecki said. She added that Jose Campos, a maintenance engineer, and the building’s tenants are the ones who makes the program work. The recycling center in the building is provided free of charge and without extra fees to the tenants.
"[DDRM] makes a model for other local businesses," said Stu Nachlas, owner and operator of The Green Machine, which works with the mall’s recycling center. He said the company is unique in that they "put their money where their mouth is."
Nachlas didn’t specify a time period, but said the tenants’ efforts included recycling 17 tons of cardboard, 14 tons of glass, 3 tons of paper, 2 tons of plastic, 1,000 pounds of metal, 750 pounds of aluminum and 300 pounds of Styrofoam.
"That’s an amazing amount of recycling being diverted from the landfill," Beatlebrox said.
The second award went to the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District (SBSRD) in the government business category. The SBSRD maintains athletic fields, recreation trails and landscaped areas in the Snyderville Basin.
"We had a goal to do more recycling in the parks," Bruce Dickens said. Dickens, the parks and facilities manager, said their efforts started with recycling cardboard. However, it expanded when they found plastic water bottles on trails and fields that were ending up in the trash.
Office coordinator Laura Mair said that during their meetings, people got excited and shared ideas about what they were already doing at home and worked to incorporate those into SBSRD’s efforts.
"Overall, we feel successful about delivering a high-quality product to the community and that we need to meet the expectations of Park City," facilities supervisor Paul Caine said. "We’re letting patrons know about our green efforts."
Beatlebrox recalled when SBSRD called and asked, "Could you come over and tell us if we’re doing the right thing?" Normally, she said, she has to help point people in the right direction, but in this case, "I just listened." She read off a list of SBSRD’s efforts which include purchasing 163 blocks of wind power from Rocky Mountain Power, installing timers and motion sensors on lighting, switching to organic fertilizers, and using smart watering systems.
The final "Recycler of the Year" award went to Rodney Scott for his work implementing and improving Deer Valley’s recycling program.
"You can tell when someone is going above and beyond putting in more than 100 percentm," said Shannon Beglin, operations director for Recycle Utah. Beglin said Scott stood out from the rest of those working in the partnership between Deer Valley and Recycle Utah. "When asked to do something, he does a little bit more," Beling said.
Scott said he was surprised when he was called, but also was honored to have been chosen and recognized for his efforts.
"[The recycling program] is one of the things that I look forward to coming in to work for," he said. "I really enjoy doing it."
His current job is helping to train others. While most people are good about sorting items beforehand, he said, not everyone knows that mixing recyclables can lead to contaminating other items. On the dock, Scott said he has it organized and always knows where everything is.
"I’ve got it down pat," he said
"Rodney is the Deer Valley difference," said Julie Kalar, assistant to the president. She added that Scott is the one who makes it happen and sets the bar for everyone else.
Recycle Utah also honored science teachers Kerry Lambert and Meghan Zarnetske of South Summit Middle School and Treasure Mountain Middle School, respectively, as "Educators of the Year."
The often unsung efforts of Recycle Utah’s volunteers were recognized with gift baskets containing a recycled decorative glass fish in a recycled shower curtain package along with other items.
In addition, Recycle Utah welcomed four new board of trustees members: Linda Karz, a staff member of the Green Building Center; Sean Wharton, owner of Gateway Grill and founder of the Happy Pigs program; Julie Kalar, assistant to the president at Deer Valley; and Duane Schmidt, mayor of Coalville.
Recycle Utah is a nonprofit organization that was started in 1991 by a group of concerned citizens, Beatlebrox said. See RecycleUtah.org for more information about the organization, drop-off centers and tips to be a "greener" Parkite.
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