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Catch Up With Utah Recycling Alliance

Welcome to SLCgreen Connections, an occasional series highlighting SLCgreen’s fantastic local partners—the people and organizations with whom we work closely to make Salt Lake City a greener, more vibrant, and sustainable city!

Is going zero waste one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? Utah Recycling Alliance is here to help!  Utah Recycling Alliance (URA) has been encouraging Utahns to recycle more and reduce waste since 2011. The non-profit promotes reuse, recycling, and resource conservation through programs developed to engage and educate residents statewide.

This year, like many organizations, URA has moved much of their programming online due to the pandemic. However, they have stayed busy, and the organization is gearing up for exciting new projects in 2021. 

SLCgreen chatted with URA co-presidents David Johnston and Sarah Bateman to find out more about what URA has been up to in 2020. David and Sarah also filled us in on how you can get involved in building a zero waste future in the New Year!

The 3 R’s and Beyond

David, who is also the Permits Coordinator for SLCgreen’s Waste and Recycling Division, told us that URA started with a mission that went beyond recycling. “Although we’ve always been there to help Utahns around the state recycle in the right ways, many of what we now consider core programs are all about the other Rs” – including reduce, reuse, repair, and rot.  

Sarah, who is the founder of the City of Orem’s Natural Resources Stewardship Committee and a full-time mom, joined URA because of her passion for encouraging zero waste in Utah County. Prior to joining URA, she “felt somewhat alone in advocating a low-waste lifestyle.” However, URA connected Sarah to other zero waste organizers who were just as passionate about waste reduction and conservation. Sarah says that she is “honored to work alongside this well-educated and skilled team of volunteers, dedicated to reducing waste in Utah.”

The organization relies on volunteer support to operate their diverse projects, which connect businesses, individuals, and local governments that are committed to zero waste efforts.

CHaRMs and Fix-It Clinics

In the past few years, URA has helped Salt Lake City residents divert unusual waste (including toothpaste tubes, old electronics, shredded paper, and other things that aren’t accepted in the City’s curbside recycling program) in the CHaRM events.

The acronym stands for Collection of Hard to Recycle Materials, and the events help divert a considerable amount of waste each year. David notes that “in 2019 alone, with the help of more than 40 additional volunteers, URA was able to divert almost 5,000 lbs. from the landfill, accepting material for recycling from more than 1,100 attendees.”

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Call for Board Members: Green Urban Lunchbox

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The Green Urban Lunchbox is looking for board members!

The Green Urban Lunchbox is a small nonprofit organization with the mission of helping people of all income levels gain access to healthy food using resources available in their communities.

The nonprofit is currently made up of numerous programs, including a mobile
greenhouse, an incubator farm, the Back-Farm Program, and a fruit share program.

In addition to the Roles and Responsibilities listed below, the organization is looking to expand to include individuals with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Accounting and financial management
  • Food policy
  • Fundraising and development
  • Legal
  • Public relations and marketing

The roles and responsibilities are listed below. Any interested individuals should send a letter of interest and a resume to the Board Chair, Phil Sarnoff, at no later than April 14, 2014.

Board Roles & Responsibilities

Legal and Policy

Enable the continued legal existence of the organization
Adopt, follow, update and administer Green Urban Lunchbox bylaws
Adopt and assume responsibility for Green Urban Lunchbox purposes, governing principles,
functions, activities, and course of action
Assume responsibility for internal policies governing the organization


Establish long term and short term goals for the Green Urban Lunchbox
Develop a Strategic and Annual Work Plan.
Funding & Financial Management:
Assist in raising sufficient funds to ensure the Green Urban Lunchbox meets its objectives
Develop and approve annual budget and monitor finances.


Understand and publicize the work of the Green Urban Lunchbox in the community
Inspire confidence in the organization and relate our services to the work of other groups
Advocate for public policy, economic development, and other initiatives that advance the
efforts of the Green Urban Lunch Box


Regularly review and evaluate operations and standards of organization performance
Monitor program activities


Hire and evaluate the Executive Director
Approve personnel policies
Participate in the recruitment, selection and development of Board of Directors

Time Commitments Anticipated

Board meeting – 2 hours/month
Preparation/follow-up work outside of meetings – 2-4 hours/month