There are more than 200 restaurants and bars in Park City, many specializing in unique and robust wine and beer lists for diners’ pleasure. With each bottle poured, the given byproduct is the empty glass bottle. One of the more challenging recyclables in Park City, glass cannot be recycled in the standard residential containers and must be brought and sorted at Recycle Utah, where it is then transported to Salt Lake City to be repurposed. Now is your chance to uncork your support for local glass recycling at the 7th annual Uncorked event at Recycle Utah.
Uncorked and in Your Glass
Recycle Utah plays host to the 7th annual Uncorked outdoor concert at the recycling center from 5-9 p.m. Friday. Featuring music by Motherlode Canyon Band and food from Praise Cheezus and Komrades along with cocktails from Alpine Distilling and Park City Brewery. Proceeds from the $7 ticket (purchase at the door) go toward supporting Recycle Utah’s glass recycling programs. All glass accepted by Recycle Utah is recycled by Momentum Recycling in Salt Lake City. This collection program saves space in the Summit County landfill and conserves precious natural resources.
We spoke to Haley Lebsack, the Communications and Development Director at Recycle Utah to get a little behind-the-scenes look at Uncorked and the glass recycle program at the Recycle Center.
This is the 7th annual Uncorked event. What was the catalyst for creating this annual event? Hauling glass to Salt Lake City for recycling is expensive for Recycle Utah. We spend more to get the glass to the valley to get recycled than we make on the recycling. So, with the support of event sponsor ACE Recycling and Disposal we decided to host a fun party in the summer sun to support the glass recycling program.
Uncorked is a pretty casual event for Park City. Why did you chose to go with an event at the Recycling Center featuring food trucks? Everyone utilizes the Recycling Center. We serve every socio-economic status in the community. And, we offer different fundraising opportunities for every level. Uncorked is an event for everyone — the family of four, the young college kid, the retired couple and everyone in between. It is the perfect casual way to enjoy a summer evening in Park City. Summer is a great time to show off the Center and have a fun, relaxed party. For those looking for a truly one of a kind experience we also host our 100 Mile Meal on Aug. 11 at a private ranch in Oakley. A gourmet five-course menu is created by the chefs at Park City Mountain Resort from food donated from local farmers and ranchers who are within 100 miles of Park City. Tickets are on sale now for the event at recycleutah.org
Why do you have to separate brown glass from all other glass? We pre-sort because the different colors of glass are turned into different products. Brown glass turns back into brown glass. Green and clear glass turns into fiberglass insulation. Our blue glass goes to Heritage Glass and they utilize it for art projects and things like floors.
So when you are done sipping on that summer rose or downing a brown nut ale, remember to consciously recycle that bottle and dispose in one of the sponsored glass bins at Recycle Utah.