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 From our January Newsletter:
8 Tips for Reducing Food Waste in 2018


Thanks to all who have joined us at our  Fix-It Clinics! Check out the press coverage!

The Salt Lake Tribune
Deseret News
ABC 4 Utah

Save the Date!  

February 6:
Lunch & Learn 
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Salt Lake County Government Center
Everyone is welcome!
RSVPs required

February 15:
SLC Green Drinks
at The Leonardo, SLC
6 PM - 9 PM
to benefit the URA and Clever Octopus

March 1 & 2:
Intermountain Sustainability Summit
at Weber State in Ogden, Utah

March 17:
Fix-It Clinic at the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City
11 AM - 2 PM

May 12:
Pop Up! CHaRM
w/ Yalecrest Neighborhood Assoc.
11 AM - 2 PM
East High School
parking lot, SLC
More details soon!

May 19:
Fix-It Clinic at the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City
11 AM - 2 PM
More details soon!

Learn more about our 2017 Zero Waste Award winners:

Utah Pride Festival

Clever Octopus

Blended Table

Harmon's Emigration Market 



URA Events - Zero Waste Awards

5th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit

Posted 11/21/2013

March 6-7, 2014
Weber State University

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3rd Annual America Recycles Day and Zero Waste Awards

Posted 10/23/2013

Thank you to all who attended our Third annual America Recycles Day and Zero Waste awards on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at Brewvies.  We screened an excellent film titled "Trashed".

Event Sponsors Included: Ace Recycling and Disposal, Interwest Paper, Momentum Recycling, The Re-Think Project, Rocky Mountain Recycling, Salt Lake City Corporation, Uinta Brewing, Brewvies, and Waste Management.

The winners of our 2013 Zero Waste Awards Are:

The Zero Waste or PDC (Pretty Darn Close) went to Le Croissant Catering.This award is presented to an organization or business which has achieved a 90% or above diversion rate. Documentation is key for this one.  Le Croissant Catering has taken their green mission to another level. They are committed to  regional cooking, working with local purveyors and local farmers to offer the freshest ingredients. They are one of the first Caterers in Utah that has a comprehensive recycling system which includes green waste, mixed recyclables, and glass. More than 90% of wasteis diverted from the landfill.  They purchase materials with recycled content, and use biodegradable plates and utensils when disposable materials are required. Even event décor is based on the principles of reusing, recycling & reinventing.


The Zero to Zero Award went to Tracy Aviary - This award is presented to the organization or business which has made the most progress over the last year or so. Tracy Aviary has made the greatest change in the behavior of its workforce. As we all know, behavioral change is the most challenging. Based on a previous waste audit of the building, 15% of what was being recycled was considered contaminants. 30% of recyclables were ending up in the trash. Today that contamination rate is less than 4%, and the amount of recyclables ending up in the trash was cut by 20%.  Great job Tracy Aviary.


The Innovative Path to Zero went to Community Rebuild - 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. Community Rebuild is a non profit organization which builds super insulated, straw bale homes for low income families in Moab. Only one 0.5 cubic yard container of landfill waste is produced for each week of construction. This is compared to other Moab contractors, which landfill approximately 54 cubic yards of waste, during a similar sized build. Truly extraordinary in the construction industry.