Zero Waste Awards Terra Blight Poster

5th Annual Zero Waste Awards

Momentum Recycling is proud to be a member of the Utah Recycling Alliance (URA) and a sponsor of the annual Zero Waste Awards that recognize local businesses who have made great progress toward becoming zero waste organizations.  Below is a letter from the URA Board Members inviting you to nominate a business for one of this year’s awards as well as to come join us all at the event!


Dear URA Members, Supporters & Friends,

November 4th is Utah Recycling Alliance’s 5th Annual Zero Waste Awards and we’re looking for nominations in three distinct categories: Zero Waste or Pretty Darn Close; Zero to Zero; or Innovate Path to Zero. Do you know of an organization, business or non-profit that has made concerted efforts this year to reduce their waste? If so, we want to recognize and honor them for their efforts. Please forward this nomination form to any organization you believe might qualify. By all means, if you believe your organization qualifies then please nominate yourselves! We have attached a nomination form and sample nomination form to make this as easy for your organization as possible!

A panel of independent judges will evaluate each of the entries and determine the award recipients. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 29. These awards will be presented by Derek Kitchen at the Utah Recycling Alliance’s 5th annual event on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Brewvies in Salt Lake City. The evening’s event includes networking, light refreshments, a raffle, and a screening of the the e-waste documentary “Terra Blight”. If your organization wins, you and a guest are invited to attend the event free of charge.  We will send more information about our event in the near future.

Thanks so much!
Your Utah Recycling Alliance Board Members
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Joe + The Toy Truck

The Story of the Toy Truck

From the very start of Momentum Recycling, we felt that it was extremely important to establish honest, genial relationships in the communities we serve.  That interface with the community we knew would be afforded by using semi-automated trucks where the driver exits the truck to complete the collection.

In his “front-line” role as a truck driver for Momentum Recycling, Joe (pictured below) noticed how many kids along his route just LOVED to see him drive up in the big recycling truck.  Many parents had previously told Joe about how much their children looked forward to seeing the truck and how fascinated they seemed by it.

Joe + Toy Truck

One day while at the store, Joe noticed some toy trucks (similar to Matchbox cars) just like the one he drives at Momentum Recycling – so he bought a small stash of trucks and began taking them with him on his routes.

On September 23, the first appropriate opportunity came for Joe to give one of the toy trucks to a little boy who was about 2-years-old.  During his route, a mom and her son were outside and the little boy became so excited to see the truck and started waving at Joe.  So Joe grabbed a toy truck from inside the cab, brought it over and gave it to the little boy.  The mom said, “You made his day!”  …what the mom might not have known, was that it made Joe’s day too.

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Momentum Recycling is so lucky to have employees like Joe and for the opportunity to connect with the people in the communities we serve. Thank you all so much for your continued support!

 

 

 

 

City Weekly Coverage of Curbside Glass Recycling

Curbside Glass Recycling Spreading to SL County Neighborhoods

Big News! – We are excited to announce that the curbside glass recycling program is expanding into Salt Lake County neighborhoods!  In partnership with Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling, the new program has already begun servicing the Canyon Rim and Emigration Canyon neighborhoods.  You can sign-up to get your own bin here on Wasatch Front’s website for just $8/mo and a $45 startup fee.

The program will be expanding southward through the County early next year.  Please take a minute to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to make sure to stay afloat of future updates.

 

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Momentum Recycling to Open Recycling Facility in Colorado

The Momentum Recycling family is very proud to announce that we will be opening up a new glass recycling facility in Denver, CO in 2016!

Currently, most glass in Colorado does not get recycled – but that is about to change.  Follow this link to read more in Westword’s coverage of this exciting news!

 

Steve Derus of Momentum Recycling

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Beyond Composting: Anaerobic Digester for the Wasatch Front

Kate Whitbeck of Momentum Recycling presented at the 6th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit on March 5th on developing an anaerobic digester to convert Salt Lake City’s food waste to energy:

Speaking on Business

Speaking on Business – Momentum Recycling

Zions Direct TV covers Momentum Recycling’s curbside glass collection service for residents along with our other mixed recyclables and composting services for businesses:

ABC 4 News “Recycle This” Series: Glass Recycling

Did you know that the national average for glass recycling is 33%, yet here in Utah we are only recycling 6% of our glass currently? – Kimberly Nelson from ABC 4 News toured Momentum Recycling’s glass processing facility in their weekly “Recycle This” series to help educate residents on where & how to recycle their glass:

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http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/recycle-this-glass/20702/d3K3y9LgHEOem1C76f5y2Q

Jason Utgaard's TEDx Talk

Jason Utgaard Presents at TEDxSaltLakeCity

Jason Utgaard's TEDx Talk

Jason Utgaard works here at Momentum Recycling assisting with our community outreach efforts by helping educate area residents on how/where to best recycle their glass, as well as by helping to promote the efforts of local businesses who are actively recycling to divert material from our landfills.

A few years ago, Jason founded an online store called The Spotted Door that is dedicated exclusively to products made from recycled + reclaimed materials.  The site features reclaimed wood furniture, recycled glass jewelry, clothing made from recycled plastic, and several hundred other items.

He recently presented at TEDxSaltLakeCity on “Designing the Future Using Unlikely Materials.”  Take a few minutes and listen to his inspirational talk!

 

Recycle Utah Gets “Uncorked” with Annual Fundraiser

Recycle Utah wants to offer continuous glass recycling for Summit County. The nonprofit organization has recycled glass on and off for the past 24 ½ years, and would like to make it a permanent service. The trick, however, is the logistics: “We would do it when we had someone to deliver our bin to the Salt Lake valley,” said Insa Riepen, Recycle Utah executive director. “We would collect the glass here and then transport it down the canyon, but we couldn’t guarantee that we could do it because we needed to contract the haulers and the sorters.” That’s why Recycle Utah began hosting its Uncorked fundraiser three years ago.  Read More

Recycle Utah Uncorked Fundraiser

Pleasant Grove Glass Recycling Program Gets a Second Pass

A simple tweet opened a whole new possibility for recycling in Utah Valley this week. Acting on the request of residents, Pleasant Grove has started what is believed to be the valley’s first glass recycling program. Utah Valley as a whole has been slow to adopt such an effort, which has been available for a couple years in Salt Lake County and Park City.

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