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What a Storm! Now Comes Community Clean Up

Hundreds of trees were damaged in the September 8, 2020 storm in Salt Lake City. Curbside collection was delayed, but caught up by Friday.

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Following this week’s devastating windstorm that knocked out power to over 170,000 Utah residents and downed thousands of trees (SLTrib), Salt Lake City departments are working together alongside residents and volunteers from the community to take care of the clean up.

Please see the Mayor’s Frequently Asked Questions page for the most up-to-date information.

City Trees and Debris Clearing

This week, the City has been hard at work clearing roadways and helping with emergency response related to the wind damage and power outages. Here are a few things to keep in mind about debris removal:

  • City Trees: City trees are located along the parkstrips and medians throughout the city. If there are limbs and debris from these trees that you have collected, please place these materials at the curbside for cleanup.
  • Trees in Your Yard: If trees on your property have fallen and you’ve started the clean up process, please wait to put these materials at the curb. Residents have a few options for handling this yard waste. The City will be moving through neighborhoods to remove debris. However, this will take some time.
  • Salt Lake Valley Landfill: If you are eager to remove the waste from your property, we appreciate the help clearing our city. The Salt Lake Valley Landfill has waived the tipping fees for residential yard waste through September 23. Please note that commercial contractors will still be charged for green waste disposal. Also note that lines may be long, so consider going to the Landfill at an off-peak time.
  • Request extra brown compost containers: You can request up to two extra containers for free to clear debris from your property (while supplies last). Fill out the form or contact 801-535-6999 to request.
  • Need help clearing trees? The City has partnered with United Way 2-1-1 to help connect residents with volunteers to help clear heavy trees and branches. Those needing assistance should contact or call 2-1-1.

After not being able to service Tuesday’s routes, our Waste & Recycling teams are back on schedule, collecting waste, recycling, and compost. Make sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. on your collection day so we can service your home.

Remember, branches and leaves can be placed in the brown yard waste bins. More information about which materials can go into your compost container is available here!

Volunteer!

Salt Lake City is lucky to have a community of residents who are eager to help. If you are interested in volunteering to help your neighbors clear and dispose of trees on their property, you can sign up to volunteer through Utah’s National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster program.

Additional Resources

As we collectively work to respond to the third emergency Salt Lake City has experienced since the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to provide information about resources that are available in our community.

Find detailed updates on the Mayor’s Wind Damage FAQ page.

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See the FAQ page for more disposal information on tree disposal.

Donate Fresh Food and Build Community: Register your Trees or Volunteer with SLC FruitShare

Every summer, across the valley, fresh fruit goes to waste, falling off of neighborhood trees and rotting on sidewalks and in backyards. The good news is that with an abundance of fruit trees, Salt Lake City is in a unique position to cut down on waste and provide affordable access to healthy food.

That’s how the Fruitshare program was born. Salt Lake City worked with the non-profit Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) to launch this program several years ago with the goal of reducing food waste and providing healthy fruit to residents in need. SLCgreen has also supported the program financially until it became self-sustaining.

Since then the program has expanded beyond Salt Lake City, to include other areas along the Wasatch Front.

In 2017, volunteers with the Green Urban Lunch Box harvested over 50,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown fruit from local trees. Wow!

But they need your help to do even more.

Fresh Plumbs from the FruitShare

What is the SLC FruitShare?

Instead of losing the fruit to the landfill, the SLC FruitShare will bring volunteers to harvest your fruit for you! If you have a tree or orchard that produces an abundance of fruit each year, you can register you trees and help strengthen our local food system.

Here’s how it works:

  • GULB volunteers harvest the fruit
  • FruitShare participants (the homeowners) will receive one-third of what’s gathered.
  • The other two-thirds is split between the FruitShare volunteers and hunger relief programs.
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Eliminating Food Waste Helps the Earth and the Hungry

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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!

by Ardyn Ford, SLCgreen intern

It is the rideshare of philanthropy: simple, quick, and on your own time. Designed with the fast-paced nature of the modern world in mind, Food Rescue US makes it easy to make a significant difference without overbooking your calendar.

Currently, Americans waste 40 billion pounds of food every year. This translates to 40% of the food supply. On the other side of this waste stands 50 million food insecure Americans who are unsure where their next meal is coming from. If you do the math, you’ll discover that the food being wasted could feed 36 million people three meals a day. There is a clear disconnect here.

Food waste is also a large source of carbon pollution–that includes all the wasted energy it took to grow, transport, and package the food in the first place, as well as the direct emissions rotting food produces in landfills.

So this Earth Week, learn more about what this unique organization is doing about it– and how you can get involved!

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Become a FruitShare Neighborhood Hub Leader!

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Salt Lake City is proud to partner with Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) to provide the SLC FruitShare program, which aims to feed the community while reducing food waste and utilizing neglected resources.

Each season, as fruit is ready to be harvested at the homes of registered fruit tree owners, groups of volunteers are organized to go out and harvest. The harvested yield is distributed between the homeowners, volunteers, and local food banks and other community agencies.

GULB is currently seeking Neighborhood Hub Leaders for the FruitShare Program, to help maintain efficiency and effectiveness as the organization continues to incorporate more trees and more volunteers.

The Neighborhood Hub Leaders will fulfill the vital role of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in their neighborhood. Each leader will be primarily responsible for organizing and overseeing fruit tree thinning and harvesting events within their specified hub, ensuring that all of the registered fruit trees in that region are harvested in a timely manner. While this position requires independent initiative, the leaders will receive supervision and support from Green Urban Lunch Box.

For a position description and application, visit the GULB website at or email pickfruit@gulb.org.

 

Cottonwood Canyons Foundation Mountain Clean-up at Alta Ski Area, July 11th

By Nicole Muehle, SLCgreen Intern

Come out to Alta on Saturday, July 11th from 8:00am to noon, and help clean-up Albion Basin. Volunteers will be able to ride the ski lift up to the top, and then hike down while picking up the winter’s trash. All volunteers are required to register by calling either (801) 466-6411 or emailing volunteer@cottonwoodcanyons.org.

For more information on events that Cottonwood Canyons Foundation will be holding, see the flyer below.

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Volunteer along the Jordan River!

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Be a part of the biggest volunteer project of the year along the Jordan River Parkway!

Volunteer on Thursday morning, May 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  You can even “Get into the River” with canoe-based river cleanup in addition to trail-side service projects!

Jordan River Commission is providing each volunteer with:

  • One free ticket to a Real Monarchs game on May 16th
  • 40% off registration fees for the Jordan River Marathon (Full, Half and 5K)
  • A ticket for an opportunity drawing on May 30, 2015
  • A chance to win the Thistle Wrangler award for the most invasive thistle plants removed

Sign up to volunteer and join the fun here!

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Downtown Farmers Market Vendor Information and Involvement Opportunities!

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Would you like to be a vendor at the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market? Are you a farmer or grower within 250 miles of Salt Lake City? Do you hand-make artwork or crafts? Are you a local musician? A non-profit organization? A volunteer? A sponsor?

For details about the application process and the link to apply, visit the Downtown Farmers Market application page.

The application period ends April 3rd. Secure your involvement in something sustainable, local, and beautiful today!

Volunteer this Saturday at the EcoGarden!

EcoGarden Party

Volunteer this Saturday, October 4!

EcoGarden & Orchard Cleanup
Day Riverside Library (1575 W 1000 North)
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All ages welcome!

Register at http://bit.ly/treeutah

Volunteer to Plant Trees in Alta

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Photo Credit: Lemon Jenny via Flickr.

Looking for an excuse to spend the morning in the mountains? Volunteer to help plant trees in Alta with Tree Utah!

Trees are vital not only to the beauty of the mountains, but to the health of our watersheds and the operation of resorts like Alta Ski Area.

Tree Utah invites you to discover a whole new side of Alta Ski Area by joining them to plant 2,000 trees on September 6th, 2014! Both rugged and rewarding; it will be a fun day to enjoy and give back to the beautiful Little Cottonwood Canyon.

When: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Registration is REQUIRED, so please reserve your spot!
Where: Albion Grill, Alta Ski Area

A light breakfast will be provided including donations of coffee and tea from Starbucks and bagels from Einstein Bagel. The Albion Grill will be offering 25% off food for volunteers to enjoy lunch after planting.

100 volunteers are needed, ages 14+, and online registration is required because as they need to know the hiking abilities of the volunteers. Some groups will ride lifts and some will hike to plant, but all will be in rocky mountain terrain.

What to Bring:

  • Sturdy close toed hiking shoes or boots
  • Clothing appropriate for conditions (long pants and quick dry materials that can get dirty and take wear and tear are suggested)
  • A backpack to carry your refillable water bottle, snacks or other needed items
  • Gloves if you prefer to have your own

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!

It’s Time to Count Bikes!

The Salt Lake City Transportation Division is currently seeking volunteers for the 2014 SLC Bike Count!

What’s a Bike Count?

Since 2010, Salt Lake City has participated in the National Bicycle/Pedestrian Documentation Project to track the number of bicyclists throughout the city.

Volunteers assist the City in recording the number of bicyclists at key intersections. By gathering consistent data from year to year, it is our intention to provide better information about how bicycle use is changing and growing in our community. Your participation in this project assists our efforts to improve the transportation infrastructure, making streets safer for both motor vehicle operators and bicycling alike.

Since the inception of this project, we have witnessed an increase in overall bicycle traffic. With your support, it is our vision to create a community where bicycling is safe, comfortable and convenient for everyone.

What will the 2014 data show us? Have recent infrastructure improvements continued to spur the growth of bicycling in Salt Lake City? Will the percentage of female bicyclists change as we add more protected bike infrastructure? Help us find out!

When is it?

  • September 9 – 11 (Tuesday through Thursday)
    5 – 7 p.m.
  • September 13 – 14 (Saturday and Sunday)
    Noon – 2 p.m.

The 2014 count locations are listed below, along with a link to a map.

How can I help?

Volunteers are needed to fill either 1 or 2 hours shifts manually counting the number of bicyclists riding through specific intersections during “peak hours” throughout SLC. Each count location is staffed by only one volunteer for each time slot; please do be sure you can commit to count when you sign up.

Sign up now! Your help is greatly appreciated.

Initial volunteer sign-up is open through this Sunday, August 24th.  We will do an initial schedule that week, and will then look for volunteers to help fill any remaining shifts.

Questions?

Contact Weston Jenson, the 2014 Bike Count Coordinator at  BikeCount@slcgov.com or (801) 535-6112 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m.)

Volunteers are very welcome to sign up for more than one location and time slot.  Thank you!

 2014 Locations

View the map of locations.

Downtown / Sugar House Flats

  • Main St. @ 200 S.
  • 800 E. @ 800 S.
  • Main St. @ 1300 S.
  • 2100 S. @ Highland Dr. (1100 E.)
  • Sugar House Greenway (approx. 2240 S.) @ 600 E.

Sunnyside / Foothill

  • Sunnyside Ave. @ Guardsman Way.
  • Sunnyside Ave. @ Arapeen Dr. (approx 2250 E.)
  • Parley’s Crossing (Foothill Dr. @ 2300 S.)

University Area

  • University St. @ 200 S.
  • University St. @ South Campus Dr.
  • 100 S. @ Wolcott St.
  • South Campus Dr. @ Mario Capecchi Dr.
  • OSH @ Kendall D. Garff Building

West Side / Beck St.

  • Beck St. @ Chicago St. (approx. 1800 N.)
  • North Temple @ Redwood Rd. (1700 W.)
  • Jordan River Trail @ Indiana Ave. (approx. 800 S. & 1100 W.)
  • 1700 S. @ 900 W.
  • 600 N. @ 900 W.
  • 1700 S. @ Redwood Road (1700 W.)