Park City Awarded EPA Grant
Clayton Scrivner, Communications Manager
November 19, 2021
Environmental Protection Agency Awards Park City Grant
Project aims to reduce waste from single-use to-go containers
Park City, Utah – This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Park City Municipal has been awarded $20,000 in grant funds through its Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) program to launch a pilot reusable to-go food container system. SMM encourages using materials more productively and "finding new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, and reduce costs over a product's life cycle."
Park City is implementing zero waste and circular economy strategies throughout the community. This reusable container pilot project will engage restaurants and their customers to find a more sustainable system to reduce single-use containers. A recent study found that 43% of waste entering landfills is non-reusable waste – this includes to-go containers, many of which are Styrofoam and non-recyclable plastics that contaminate recycling batches.
"Receiving this EPA grant sets us up nicely to lead on new zero-waste solutions," said Park City Mayor Andy Beerman. "We look forward to engaging with our community partners to advance this pilot program in the next year."
Project partners helping to develop the program include Vesselworks, a national leader in reusable to-go containers, and Recyclops, a Utah-based recycling company. The program will engage with restaurants to understand barriers and opportunities to increase reusable containers throughout our community.
About Park City Municipal Corporation
Park City Municipal Corporation is the government seat for Park City, Utah. A former silver mining town, Park City is now home to two world-class ski resorts and was the mountain host for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The town of 8,500 also hosts many special events, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Kimball Arts Festival. For more information, please visit parkcity.org.