Recycle Utah has been a positive force in Summit County since its founding prior to 1990. At that time, there was no recycling option in Summit County. Through the the consistent and pervasive community educational efforts of Recycle Utah, we now have County-wide recycling, public school educational programs, community messaging and Summit County and Park City Municipal Sustainability Departments. Because of the political will generated by Recycle Utah, Summit County is on its way to becoming a national leader in sustainable community efforts. The leadership of Executive Director, Insa Reipen has been acknowledged by Leadership Park City and the Utah Non-Profits Association. Kudos.
Insa's (the E.D.'s) oversight of both the mission and operations of the organization are an example for non-profits everywhere.
She is constantly working to expand services offered while staying within our mission. Examples include the addition of EPS and shoe recycling at the center and organizing the Water Festival a clean-water outreach program for grade-schoolers every year.
She also demands a strict budget and accountability against that budget. Within the last two years we have even been able to set aside some money for an endowment to prevent against going dark if we have a bad fundraising year.
In sum, this is a great organization that stewards its resources extremely well.
Review from Guidestar
Recycle Utah is an amazing part of the Park City Community. The staff are so dedicated to what they do - and what they do is important! Most everything including bike tires and car seats can be recycled at the center and the Good Wood store and shipping box store provide ways to Reuse. Thank you Recycle Utah! The center also provides valuable education opportunities to school children and adults throughout the county.
Working outside at the center is an eye opening experience. The number of people coming through is amazing. Many with questions on what can and can't be recycled. Some looking in the recycled wood area for just the right piece to finish their project or people getting ready to move and coming in for packing materials. The center is very organized, with simple directions for each job that needs to be taken care of making it easy for a volunteer to get right to work. Education and positive reinforcement given to people using the center is important to keep them informed about the current state of recycling.
Recycle Utah provides a marvelous service to our community. After being around RU, I have very little landfill to dispose of. The people are helpful and upbeat. The reuse concept is terrific. I believe EVERYONE should support RU.
Thank you Recycle Utah for being the best little recycling center on the planet. Not only do you collect things that most other places don't, you also have a great facility where people can learn, hang out and help the earth. Great opportunities are available for volunteers and court ordered service workers. Great opportunities for businesses to sponsor bins and become "greener". And a wonderful place to run into old friends, neighbors and visitors. Recycle Utah also does an excellent job of teaching Environmental Education to more than 5,000 students in the Summit County School system. By incorporating the Utah State Core Curriculum into the lesson plans, Recycle Utah helps parents and teachers make sure the students get their share of ecology, conservation and preservation. Park City wouldn't be the clean and green place it is today without Recycle Utah. So thanks - and all of us appreciate what you are!!!
My experiences at Park City Conservation are some of the best I've ever had. Last year, I was a disgruntled freshman-going-sophomore looking for something that would keep me out of trouble and actually do something to help people. I found that at the Recycling Center. When I began to volunteer there, I was of course a little shy, but the fact that everyone there is so incredibly kind and willing to help a new person learn drew me out of my shell pretty quickly. This was completely unlike some of my friends' experiences at other volunteering places, at which the new volunteers (especially minors) are treated like second-class citizens. They even went way out of their way to be kind to me. I was nominated for the Silver Bowl award for Summit County, a annual award to one stellar volunteer in each county in Utah. I, incredibly, won, and because no one else was going to drive me, staff from the center went with me to Salt Lake City and received the award with me. And it wasn't only to volunteers that the staff were nice- every single time someone came up to one of the staff with a question, they answered efficiently and kindly. This is despite any personal trauma they may be facing, and despite the often precarious nature of Recycle Utah itself. Travelers from out of state, especially 'greener' states like California and Oregon have been awed by the amount of items Recycle Utah collects- and it's a nonprofit, unlike other recycling centers I've seen. Aside from it's incredible tenacity as a nonprofit, this organization offers a hand to kids who'd like to keep out of trouble, and to people (kids and adults) who are already in it. During my volunteering at Recycle Utah, I saw countless amounts of people there fulfilling their court-ordered volunteer hours. It's such a great resource, in both offering excellent recycling opportunities and a place to help bring disparate fragments of my community together. Because of all this, Recycle Utah gets a 5/5 rating in my eyes, and I hope to pull on some more work gloves soon!
I helped conduct a survey about the recycling center and its services. So I know that not only I think our recycling center is extraordinary. Everyone else does too! Consistently, people raved about the good wood project, the re-store, the workshops, the educational programs, the e-waste program, and of course the recycling options. They recycle everything from bike tubes to old tennis shoes to energy bar wrappers to light bulbs. They take everything!