Recycling Tip of the Week for Saturday, July 7 |

Recycling Tip of the Week for Saturday, July 7

reusable items take on second life

Reuse programs are preferable to recycling because they eliminate waste, reduce waste disposal costs, and conserve energy and natural resources.

Park City has a dozen reuse programs, including consignment and thrift stores, which prevent a wide variety of items from ending up in the landfill.

Perhaps the most widely anticipated is the Park City Ski Team’s Ski Swap held the first weekend in November every year. Patrons donate used skis, boots, and outerwear and purchase new ones at discounted prices.

Both the Park City Library and the Summit County library system maintain an ongoing book sale section for used books.The Summit County library at Kimball Junction holds a big used book sale Memorial Day weekend, while the Park City library holds its big sale Miners Day weekend.

The Christian Center Thrift store accepts donations of clothing, outerwear, housewares, furniture and bedding. Most churches accept food donations which are then distributed to needy families.

Two furniture consignment stores, Tressa’s and Right at Home, help circulate high quality used furniture while The Exchange and Changing Hands on Main Street both consign good quality women’s clothing. Sporting goods can be consigned at Replay Sports on Iron Horse.

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Recycle Utah’s Good Wood Project accepts donations of wood, major appliances, cabinets, lighting, hardware, sinks, toilets, doors, windows, and other building materials. These materials are then passed on to new owners for donations to Recycle Utah’s operating fund.

Despite these numerous programs, there is room for more. Other communities have art and school supply programs to keep good quality paints, papers, pens, backpacks, children’s books and other items out of the landfill.

For more information, contact Recycle Utah at 649-9698.