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Recycle Utah Continues With Annual Events

Courtesy of Recycle Utah

After being shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Park City Recycling Center has since reopened and is continuing to host some of their regular events – almost to its pre-Covid status.

Recycle Utah Director Carolyn Wawra says they’re operating about as normal as they will get. The only changes to the center’s operations is that they’re not opening until 10 a.m. – instead of 8 a.m.

To maintain social distancing, they’re only allowing 5 cars in the center at a time...

“If you pull up and you see five cars in the lot already just wait and take your turn, “Wawra said. “It's kind of when presorting really comes into play a lot - if you can sort your stuff before you come here, put all your different types of plastic together, take all your lids off your plastic. There are a couple of videos on our website but kind of pre-sorting that can be key. And we do have staff  - staff and volunteers that  will help you unload your car and we  figure out here if your  stuff is stored in the car you probably more like help and if you pull up and everything is all messy and volunteers stop   in order to start to help you. So, the more sort, it'll be quicker for you and quicker for us too.”

She suggests that you avoid Saturdays  - the weekdays are hit and miss. They also offer after hours recycling – when it’s the least busy - after 5:30 p.m. and before 8 a.m.

The center is also offering a composing workshop on Wednesday at noon. It will be held outdoors at Recycle Utah. Please park off site. All guests are asked to wear a mask and it’s limited to 15 people.  They will be live streaming the free workshop - if you’re not comfortable being in a group. To register, email mary@recycleutah.org.

Recycle Utah will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of Uncorked this week. What is usually a night of live music and food – is now three days of lunch trucks to support their glass recycling.

“We can’t go real big like we normally would celebrate 10 years of this event,” she said, “but this is started 10 years ago to help fund our glass recycling program – it does cost us money to recycle glass. We do have to pay to get through recyclers in Salt Lake and pay to get it recycled.  not like it pay to get recycled so that's what Uncorked is all about. We’ll have some food trucks in our lot. Lucky Ones will be here, Aunty Em’s, Freshies Lobster and Shaka Shake.”

The 10th annual Uncorked event will be held this Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every year Recycle Utah processes more than 1.6 million pounds of glass. Each load of glass costs about $200 to get it to the recycler and they have to haul glass bins 1 to 2 times a week.

The final dumpster days for the spring will be held the last weekend in June - Thursday Friday and Saturday June 25 – 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We do have two dumpsters outside,” Wawa said. “One is for large household waste - think of it like a broken wood picnic table and then one for yard waste – general yard clippings - maybe you trimmed some trees or grass. We don’t allow anything hazardous and it’s for residents only.

She says they do ask for donations during Dumpster Days – to keep it going. She asks that you please wear a mask when you visit the center to keep her small staff safe.

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