The Hazardous Waste Day happens twice a year. This Saturday, it’s going on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Canyons parking lot at the base of the Cabriolet, 4000 Canyons Resort Drive. It’s a way people can clear out storage areas and keep toxic chemicals and heavy metals out of the natural environment.
“These are things you’d find in your garage or maybe under your kitchen sink, like paints, varnishes, solvents, motor oil, anti-freeze, any type of battery you find, pharmaceuticals,” said Carolyn Wawra, Recycle Utah Park City executive director. “A good rule of thumb is, if you don’t want to drink it, you should bring it to us.”
Other materials Recycle Utah wants to see include acids, gasoline, propane, compact fluorescent bulbs and electronics.
People can also drop off old bikes to be refurbished at no charge, as well as mattresses for a fee of $20 each.
Scott van Hartesvelt is the service chair of the Park City Sunrise Rotary Club, a sponsor of the event since 2013. He said as a volunteer he even once helped a resident dispose of some uranium.
“We collect all manners of hazardous waste,” he said. “It’s a great service to the community. We see about 350 cars for each of the two events over the course of the year, so we serve 700 families over the course of the year.”
Hazardous Waste Days are only open to Summit County residents, which doesn’t include businesses.
Wawra recommended people in Wasatch County call the Wasatch Transfer Station to find out how to dispose of hazardous materials. That number is 435-654-1661.
Also on Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m., the recycling center is hosting its 11th annual Harvest Festival. It’s at Cattleman’s Hall in Oakley, 911 West Center Street. There will be dozens of vendors, liver music, food and a beer garden among much else going on.
This Sunday through next Saturday, October 2 marks Utah Climate Week. Recycle Utah will recognize this with an informational event called “Local Food and Zero Waste Resources.” That’s happening at the Park City Library Tuesday evening at 5:30. Presenters like Summit Community Gardens and Copper Moose Farms will talk about conservation and being eco-friendly in daily life.
And October 28-30, Dumpster Days lets residents properly throw away items that don’t fit in bins. Recycle Utah brings in massive dumpsters that can take garbage, large items, but not hazardous materials. People can also bring green waste, which will be composted.
Dumpster Days will be at the Recycle Utah facility at 1951 Woodbine Way. They happen twice each fall and twice in spring.