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Truck Wraps Deliver Words of Wisdom, Inspire Recycling

Every year, Salt Lake City’s low-emission waste collection trucks get a new look. In years past, the vehicles highlighted downsizing your garbage cans, the beauty of recycling, and the goal to ditch disposables. This year, the truck wraps deliver words of wisdom to inspire more thoughtful consumption and better recycling habits.

Truck wrap with Annie Leonard quote: There is no such thing as away. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.

Taking a Cue from Annie Leonard, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Robert Swan

One side of this year’s truck wraps display useful mantras encouraging SLC residents to recycle. The other side features quotes from three prominent environmental activists:

Annie Leonard is the founder of The Story of Stuff Project, which advocates for reducing our consumption and being more thoughtful about where our stuff goes. As her truck wrap quote says: there’s no such thing as away.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an environmental activist and former senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He currently serves as president of the grassroots Waterkeeper Alliance. His quote succinctly emphasizes the impact of sustainable living on our country’s well being.

Echoing Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s sentiment, Robert Swan’s quote is a call to action for every individual to take steps towards protecting the environment. Robert Swan is a climate activist and the first person to walk to the North and South pole. His organization, 2041, works to educate the public about the impact of climate change on the environment, especially at the poles.

By quoting these leaders, the truck wraps pinpoint the importance of community action geared towards protecting the environment and building sustainable communities.

One of the easiest ways to follow in the footsteps of these activists is to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Truck wrap with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. quote: The most patriotic thing you can do is to take care of the environment and try to live sustainably.

Is Recycling Still Worth It?

Presented on the flip sides of the trucks are statistics about SLC’s waste management habits. In particular, they emphasize the importance of proper waste diversion in the form of recycling and composting.

Does that surprise you? With recycling changing as markets adjusted to new rules from China on contamination, there has been question as to whether recycling is even “worth it” any more.

We’re here to tell you it is and that’s a key point we wanted to emphasize with the new truck wrap designs. Let’s take a moment to dig in to that detail:

The recycling import ban that came from China in 2018 has complex causes and also underscores that recycling is a commodity market that has always experienced ups and downs.

But there is good news amid the shake-up. In particular, it’s forcing U.S. recycling processors and consumers to get back to basics: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle . . . Properly.

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Check Out this Interview with the SLCgreen Director

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The Sustainable Nation Podcast interviewed our very own Sustainability Director -Vicki Bennett. Check out the podcast to hear insights and advice from the leader of our City’s award-winning Salt Lake City Green sustainability program.

The Sustainable Nation Podcast produces interviews with global leaders in sustainability and was developed to provide information and insights from the world’s most inspiring change-makers.

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Vicki Bennett has led Salt Lake City’s award-winning Salt Lake City Green sustainability program for 17 years and has integrated sustainability policies throughout government operations and Salt Lake City as a whole. She works with both city agencies and the public to create a more livable community.

Vicki’s experience includes sustainability program management, climate change mitigation, and adaptation, energy policy, food security, waste diversion, and environmental compliance.

She is a founding member of both the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the Utah Climate Action Network. She holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of California at San Diego, and an Executive MBA from the University of Utah.

The interview gives listeners a glimpse of Vicki’s journey from a lab chemist to her current role as the leader of Salt Lake City Green. Vicki has forged some of the City’s most innovative programs to ensure a healthy sustainable future for us all. Give the podcast a listen to learn more!

 

For more information on Climate Positive, please visit: http://www.slcgreen.com/climatepositive and follow #ClimatePositiveSLC for continuing updates.

 

 

Calling all Master Recyclers! Spring 2016 Now Enrolling

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Salt Lake City Green is excited to announce the spring 2016 Salt Lake City Master Recycler program! Register at SLCMasterRecycler.com.

What is Master Recycler?

Salt Lake City Green is working to build out a network of residents who are trained and certified Master Recyclers who understand all aspects of waste reduction, city services and bin downsizing options.

Master Recyclers commit to attending eight weekly workshops running from May-June 2016. Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m. A full class schedule is below.

Workshops will cover a variety of topics and emphasize opportunities for hands-on learning. Every workshop includes a field trip for a behind-the-scenes look at the Salt Lake County Landfill, Salt Lake City Sanitation, Rocky Mountain Recycling, landfill composting operation and Momentum Glass Recycling. You’ll even “tag” along with Salt Lake City’s can inspection team!

What’s in it for you?

  • A tote bag full of Master Recycler swag, including t-shirt and stainless steel water bottle.
  • The knowledge to help your friends, neighbors and kids maximize your recycling & reduce your impact on the environment.

Sign up! Visit SLCMasterRecycler.com.

Program Schedule – Spring 2016

  Date Subject
  Tuesday, May 3rd
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Master Recycler Program Introduction

Tour: Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Management

 

  Tuesday, May 10th  

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Salt Lake City Sanitation and Waste Reduction

Tour: Salt Lake City Sanitation Department

  Tuesday, May 17th

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Recycling Process

Tour: Rocky Mountain Recycling

  Tuesday, May 24th

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Residential and Municipal Composting

Tour: Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Management Municipal Compost Facility

 

  Tuesday, June 7th

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Residential Waste Reduction

Activity: Curbside Inspections and Outreach

 

 

  Tuesday, June 14th

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Commercial Waste Reduction

Tour: Momentum Recycling Glass Recycling Facility

 

  Tuesday, June 21st

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Effective Community Engagement

Activity: Waste Audit

 

  Tuesday, June 28th

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Climate Impacts of Waste

Guest Speaker: TBD

Photos from the first Master Recycler class

Salt Lake City Searching for New Sanitation Program Director

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Salt Lake City is looking for a new Sanitation Program Director that will help the City achieve it’s goal of zero waste by 2040!

Apply at SLCgov.com.

Position: SANITATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Job Code: 001609
Job Bid: 150228
Department: Public Services
Salary: (031) $4,933.00 – $8,538.00
Close Date: 6/4/2015

Directs and manages the City’s operations for the Sanitation Program. As Program Director, incumbent is responsible for managing operations associated with the City’s recycling and waste collection programs, including but not limited to: curbside refuse, compost and recycling collection; neighborhood clean-up; enforcement and education; and container maintenance. Plans, develops and implements city-wide waste diversion and reduction policies and initiatives to meet the City’s goal to reach Zero Waste by 2040.

Position requires specialized knowledge of best management practices for waste diversion, sanitation operations and requires the knowledge and ability to address local challenges.

Plans for and directs operations associated with the delivery of citywide sanitation services, including: curbside refuse, compost and recycling collection; neighborhood cleanup; enforcement and education; and container maintenance programs. Develops and implements strategies for aggressively moving the City towards Zero Waste. Designs, implements, and monitors program including the implementation of best management practices, environmental stewardship, operating budgets, performance measures, personnel and equipment maintenance. Recommends and initiates process improvements, cost saving measures, operational efficiencies and other program changes necessary to achieve Zero Waste.  Directs the preparation and necessary adjustments to the program budget, including the support needed for updates and revisions to the annual budget document. Monitors and manages budget, resources, and financial transactions. Ensures appropriate processes, procedures, and policies are in place and followed for all financial transactions. Analyzes and develops program policies, goals, and objectives to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Creates strategic plans to support the policies, goals and objectives of the program. Resolves complex issues involving operations and environmental stewardship. Ensures operations comply with City, State and Federal regulations to protect the environment and ensure safe work practices. Presents the program’s policies and positions in meetings, negotiations, and communications with the public, citizen and industry groups, Mayor and City Council members, other government agencies, the media and other public forums within assigned area of authority.

Ensures employee productivity and effective use of resources by coaching, mentoring and training supervisory staff and building an effective team. Evaluates and documents performance of program managers and office staff, administers appropriate employee recognition and disciplinary actions. Develops technical specifications, project design and standards for procurement bids and proposals related to sanitation. Reviews bids and proposals and assists with the selection of contractors. Ensures contractor performance. Plays key roll establishing disaster and emergency preparedness program. Represents the department in public meetings and/or on various committees as directed. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Management or closely related degree, plus six (6) years progressively responsible experience managing public programs including a minimum four (4) years in a supervisory capacity. A combination of six (6) years of directly related program and/or management experience may be substituted for the required education.

Thorough knowledge of materials, techniques, equipment, personnel management and best management practices associated with waste diversion, recycling, resource management, composting, and landfill operations.

Experience in budget preparation and administration, and ability to implement budget requirements into departmental operations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, department directors, employees, and the general public. Highly effective collaboration and communication skills.

Possession of a valid driver’s license or Utah driving privilege card, including the ability to travel between office and external locations.

Apply at SLCgov.com.

Nominate your business for a Zero Waste Award!

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The Utah Recycling Alliance (URA), is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual America Recycles Day Zero Waste Awards and Film Screening on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at Brewvies Cinema Pub (677 South 200 West, SLC, UT). We will be recognizing local businesses, non-profits and government agencies which have set the standards for zero waste in the Salt Lake Valley. The evening will kick off with a presentation of Zero Waste Awards by EPA Region 8 Director Shaun McGrath. Following the awards ceremony, attendees will be invited to a screening of “Dive”.  A $5 admission includes one drink ticket, two raffle tickets, the awards ceremony, movie screening and an evening of Zero Waste revelry. Food available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will go to the Utah Recycling Alliance. Become a member of URA and receive free entrance ($25 annual membership fee).

Event Sponsors include: Ace Recycling and Disposal, Interwest Paper, Momentum Recycling, Rocky Mountain Recycling, Salt Lake City Corporation, and Uinta Brewing.

Date: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Location: Brewvies Cinema Pub – 677 South 200 West, Salt Lake City

Schedule of Events:

6:00 p.m. – Purchase ticket, grab a drink and mingle

6:45 p.m. – Raffle followed by awards ceremony. Raffle items include tickets to Alta, gift certificates to some of our favorite local restaurants and more!

7:00 p.m. – “Dive” film screening

 

Nominate your Organization for a Zero Waste Award

Please submit a one page description of how your organization handles its waste, answering any specific questions listed under the award description. The more convincing facts and evidence you provide to back up your claims the better.  Tell us what your waste stream consists of. How do you divert materials? Have you made changes to purchasing practices to impact the waste you produce?  Did you come up with some creative ways to use or reuse materials which reduces the waste you send to the landfill? Who are your end users (where do your materials go)? Please present evidence documenting your diversion rate using weight or volume measurements. Tell us why  you deserve this award.

Include the following with your submission:

  • Organization name:
  • Contact person at organization:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • Which award you would like to be considered for: Zero Waste or PDC, Zero to Zero, Innovate Path to Zero Award.

Award Descriptions:

  • Zero Waste or PDC (Pretty Darn Close) – This award is presented to an organization or business which has achieved a 90% or above diversion rate. Documentation is key for this one.
  • Zero to Zero – This award is presented to the organization or business which has made the most progress over the last year or so. If you didn’t have a recycling program in place (not even collecting aluminum cans for the Boy Scouts) and have since started an exemplary recycling program, this award could be for you. Tell us where you started and what you have achieved. We don’t expect you to be at Zero Waste but moving in that direction.
  • Innovative Path to Zero – This award is presented to the organization which is actively moving towards zero waste, and has taken an innovative approach in repurposing materials, or has uncovered unique end-users for a particular waste stream.

A panel of independent judges will evaluate each of the entries and determine the award recipients.

All submissions must be sent to: utahrecyclingalliance@gmail.com by October 30th, 2014.

SLC Seeking Comments on Proposed Business Recycling Ordinance

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Recycling stations at Moscone Convetion Center to help achieve 75% waste diversion, as mandated by city of San Francisco. Photo: IntelFreePress via Flickr.

Did you know? The waste diversion rate for Salt Lake City homes hovers around 38%. This means that roughly 38% of all waste collected through the City’s residential collection program is recycled or composted.

Now compare that to the estimated 10% diversion rate for Salt Lake City businesses.

In an effort to increase business and multi-family (i.e. apartment) recycling rates, Salt Lake City is proposing a new Business & Multi-Family Recycling Ordinance that would require property owners or managers where 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste are generated per week to:

  • Subscribe to a recycling collection service from an authorized waste hauler.
  • Designate area(s) for recycling containers.
  • Implement a recycling program for use by occupants, employees or residents that is as convenient as trash collection.
  • Distribute educational recycling information to occupants, employees or residents annually.

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