Did you know? One wood fireplace emits the same amount of particulate pollution as 90 SUVs and one wood-burning stove pollutes as much as 3,000 natural gas furnaces.
This week’s Clean Air Champion tip is about wood burning.
Even though burning wood is festive at this time of year, it’s a significant polluter (estimated to contribute 5-26% of total pollution on a winter day, according to a presentation from Dr. Kelly Kerry to UCAIR).
Before you burn, make sure to check to see if it’s a no burn day.
The Salt Lake County Health Department prohibits burning solid fuel in fireplaces or wood burning stoves and bans outdoor fires (including bonfires, patio pits, and charcoal grill fires) on days that the State of Utah designates as either mandatory or voluntary air action (no burn) days.
Salt Lake County’s Urban Farming program has just released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease three parcels of County land to local farmers (3-10 acres).
All three parcels are located in the Salt Lake Valley and come with canal water access. Farmers can bid on one or all of the parcels.
Sealed proposals must be logged, stamped and received before 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Contracts & Procurement, 2001 South State Street, Room N4-600, Salt Lake City, Utah 84190-3100.
Explore the RFP.
Salt Lake County Urban Farming is piloting a Farmlink program that aims to link available land in Salt Lake County with interested growers.
If you or someone you know is interested in finding land to farm, or if you have questions about our program, please contact Aaron Barlow by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 385-468-1824. You can download the Farmlink application online.
Some land may be owned by public entities such as Salt Lake County or a municipality, while some may be privately owned. Private landowners are motivated to lease land for commercial farming because the Utah Legislature has provided an opportunity for property tax reduction, given certain circumstances.
Salt Lake County Urban Farming website.
The Salt Lake County Health Department is hosting several household hazardous waste collection events this summer. They accept a variety of waste including poisons, corrosives, toxins, and flammables.
Some examples include:
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Cleaning chemicals
The events will take place on Thursday mornings from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. throughout the summer. Refer to the flyer below for specific dates and locations. Additionally, there will be one Saturday event on September 19th from 10 a.m. to noon at West Jordan City Hall.
Salt Lake City will also be hosting Saturday e-waste recycling and pharmaceutical collection events this summer. Get the details!
*Please note that explosives, radioactive materials, and tires will not be accepted.
*Please also note that these events are for residential waste only. Business waste will not be accepted.
Hazardous wastes can cause substantial threats to our health and the environment. It is important that they are disposed of properly. U.S. residents generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste per year! (1)
You may have hazardous wastes around your house or garage. How do you dispose of them? Do not pour them down the drain, flush them, or put them in the garbage. Bring them to the free community household hazardous waste collection events.
(1) Environmental Protection Agency
Are you interested in gardening and farming? Do you want to know where your food comes from? Would you like to start a community garden in your neighborhood? Are you interested in leasing land for small plot farming? Do you care about local food?
You’re invited to attend Salt Lake County’s Urban Farming Open House!
What: Urban Farming Open House
Where: 2001 South State Street, South Building Atrium
When: November 12 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Learn more at SLCo.org/urbanfarming.
Salt Lake City is offering a FREE electronic waste (e-waste) recycling day on Saturday, July 19th from 8 a.m. to noon at the Smith’s located at 1174 W 600 North!
We’ve contracted with Metech, a company known for their responsible electronic recycling practices. Materials accepted at this free event include:
- Cell Phones
- Computers and computer parts
- VCR/DVD Players
- Video Recorders
- And more!
Check out the complete list of acceptable materials (PDF).
Learn more about electronics recycling.