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Salt Lake County to donate recycling bins for special events

Published: Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:25 p.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:11 p.m. MDT

Salt Lake County’s recycling office is able to loan recycle bins for community events for free.

Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County’s recycling office is able to loan recycle bins for community events for free.

Mayor Ben McAdams said many events already have recycling available, but the new bins are specific for bottle sorting and are available to event organizers at no cost.

“We know that recycling supports clean air, less waste and our pocketbooks,” McAdams said. “Salt Lake County wants to make it easy for people to recycle, and offering the bins does just that.”

Less than a year ago, McAdams issued a two-year challenge to Salt Lake County residents to increase the amount recycled by 20 percent. Offering the bins is part of achieving that goal, he said.

“I’m excited to get the new bins out there for the public’s use,” said Ashlee Yoder, Salt Lake County recycling coordinator. “We’ll be able to track how much is recycled using the bins and factor that in as we crunch the numbers on our path to increase recycling by 20 percent.”

Yoder added that event organizers are responsible for keeping count of the number of recycle bags filled.

Community leaders and event organizers interested in receiving a bin can contact Morgan Olsen at moolsen@slco.org or 385-468-6399.

The recycle bins are available through a grant awarded to Salt Lake County from Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

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