Zero Waste Summer Hacks

Summer is here and so are the picnics, baseball games, and barbecues. Spending time with family and friends during summer vacation is always a great time, but it’s also the season where paper plates, plastic water bottles, and long trips in the car make a big comeback.  From skipping the straw to a plastic-free picnic, …

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What an Anaerobic Digester Means for Utah

Morgan Bowerman, URA Board Member

In America today, 40% of the food produced is wasted – that’s enough food to fill two football stadiums daily. While one in six Americans are food insecure, collectively we are throwing away 1,200 calories per person, per day.

Connect With Nature

Bringing ‘Nature’ Nearer

David Johnston, URA Board Member

Feeling disconnected? You’re not alone. Humanity’s isolation from wild places can be detrimental to our health – both physical and mental – and, unfortunately, too frequently, this isolation feeds into other ill-habits and frames of thought, which can wind up hurting our natural world further and pushing ‘us’ and ‘it’ further apart.

Here Comes Spring, and the Kick-off of the 2019 Master Recycler Program!

Jennifer Farrell, URA board member

Spring is naturally an exciting time of the year. As much as I love the winter season—watching snow fall, drinking copious amounts of hot beverages and donning my most colorful scarves—like most people I am ready for a new season. For me, this new season also brings the start of the year’s Master Recycler program.

”We’re listening to the quiet’*

By Sarah Bateman, URA board president

My focus for 2018 was simple: Go outside.  It seems like the simplest of statements. Two words. And seemingly unnecessary. My grandparents would have been puzzled by a “goal” to “go outside.”  It was Florence Williams’ recent book that inspired my focus. “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More…

Buying gifts? Rethink the outcome

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and with it comes a lot of stuff. Stuff for your parents, friends, children, coworkers, neighbors, and beyond.


Pre-Cycle To Reduce Waste

By Molly Brooks

Recycling reduces the use of energy and water, saves landfill space, and mitigates the impacts of climate change. Even more important than recycling, however, is reducing waste in the first place, or pre-cycling. Here are just a few ideas.

Resin Identification Codes

Deciphering Recycling Symbols

By Emily Malik, URA Board Member

Those little recycle symbols (also know as Resin Identification Codes) found on all types of plastic containers can be confusing to consumers. Whether or not the item is recyclable depends on a whole slew of factors including local recycling markets, transportation costs, ordinances, and more. What’s a consumer to do?

What’s Missing from our Recycling Conversations?

By Daniel Salmon

There’s a part of our waste stream we’re not addressing. In the midst of trash heaps throughout Utah are tons and tons of waste generated from construction and demolition (C&D) practices. Clearly, more can be done, but tackling this goliath is different.