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Recycle Utah To Stay Put Until New Location Becomes Available

Earlier this year, The Park City Council approved a new permanent contaminated soils repository location, which would give space for a new recycling center.

Carolyn Wawra is the director of Recycle Utah. She said the center talked about moving to a temporary location while the new center is built but ultimately decided to stay put. 

“It’d be really hard to operate temporarily if we get a place that’s super windy, we could be contaminating the environment by stuff blowing all around,” Wawra said. “It's best to just stay put.”

The center will eventually relocate to Gordo Parcel, which is city owned land near Quinn’s Junction. But the date for the move is not yet set. 

Wawra also said during the start of the pandemic the center had to cut down on capacity. They only allowed 5 cars in the parking lot at a time, to allow for social distancing. But now they’ve started to increase capacity.

“Christmas and the holidays is our busiest time of the year,” she said. “We're kind of seeing what we can afford and how far we can kind of push this to get ready as we get busier and busier. We've been pretty busy. There's a lot of online shopping, and a lot more drinking at home.”

The Recycle Center is also accepting pumpkins once Halloween is over. 

“We work with Wild Hearts Farms, they’re local composting, they also have some livestock,” Wawra said. “They've offered to take pumpkins off our hands and they're probably going to feed them to their cows. We're kind of joking around here that we're going to make like a 10 pound pumpkin pie for cows.”

They’re accepting donations for pumpkins from October 31 to November 7.


Jessica joins KPCW as a general assignment reporter and Sunday Weekend Edition host. A Florida native, she graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in English — concentrating in film studies — and journalism. Before moving to Utah, she spent time in Atlanta, GA.
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