SURCadmin on October 23rd, 2013

We are pleased to announce the seventh Annual Southern Utah Recycling Summit.

This has been instrumental in bringing various individuals together to learn and advance recycling opportunities for the southern Utah region. Please join us in the Zion room of DSU’s Library (5th floor) to discuss several aspects of recycling and hear about what is available in your area.

Registration is $25 per person.


Continental breakfast will be served while introductions of attendees takes place. Then sessions will focus on the recycling resources, challenges and efforts in southern Utah SURC will provide an overview of their EPA Region 8 Rural Recycling Grant. Representatives from Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington Counties will be asked to give updates on their recycling programs. Professionals from various agencies (i.e. National Parks, Forest Service and BLM) and universities will discuss their efforts.




* Small Propane Canisters

* E-waste

SURCadmin on October 23rd, 2013

Sponsorship levels are:

Compost sponsorship – $1 -$30 (or store items, gift cards, etc. of equivalent value for door prizes)

Paper sponsorship – $30 – $50:  Provides you a booth space

Plastic sponsorship – $51 -$100:  Provides you a booth space, announcements as a sponsor at the event

Metal sponsorship – $101 – $150: – Provides you a booth, announcements as a sponsor at the event, your name or logo on the print advertising done on campus

Glass sponsorship – $151- $200: Provides you a booth space, announcements as a sponsor at the event, your name or logo on the print advertising done on campus and your name will be announced on the radio ads and off campus print ads

Green sponsorship-$200 and up: Provides you a booth space, announcements as a sponsor at the event, your name or logo on the print advertising done on campus and your name will be announced on the radio ads and off campus print ads AND you will be acknowledged and announced as our most generous Green Sponsor several times at the event!

*Please make deposits or checks payable to Southern Utah Recycling Coalition at ZionS Bank, or mail to 784 South River Rd. #250, St. George, Utah 84790-6176

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email:; or contact Cindy Benson at 435-592-1831

We are dedicated University students, staff, faculty, agency employees and community members who strive to raise awareness of environmental, ecological and social issues in Southwest Utah. We have assisted in various conservation efforts & recycling initiatives that have raised awareness and reduced operating expenses. Throughout the years, we have implemented engagement opportunities and educational activities for participants.  Last fall, we developed the ‘Green Team’ recycling program within many of the local elementary schools in order to provide a much-desired service, educate students about the importance of recycling and other sustainable practices.

We will be promoting and hosting America Recycles Day (November 15th) in order to raise awareness and funding to support Sustainability in Southern Utah. Your contribution will assist in keeping Sustainability programs alive! By donating materials, services and/or funding your sponsorship will go a long way towards helping us put on these events. Your kindness will help by paying for supplies, venue costs, equipment, wages, transportation fees, operating expenses and other necessary expenditures. We ask for your support at our upcoming Annual SURC Summit at DSU and the celebration of America Recycles Day.

In return for your generous sponsorship, you will receive several opportunities as indicated. We appreciate you for considering this proposal. Feel free to contact us with any questions and/or browse our webpages to find more about us.

We invite you to participate at our upcoming America Recycles Day. Involvement such as yours plays a critical role in the success of our activities. If you are unable to attend, please consider donating items to be given away as “door prizes” at the event.  Items would be acknowledged as provided by you and announced at the time of the drawing.  We want to make this a huge community event and would appreciate your “spreading the word” about the event to your patrons, friends, and family!

SURCadmin on October 23rd, 2013





We appreciate you volunteering to help out with our events. Your participation is fundamental to the success of our efforts.  

A one-hour minimal time commitment is asked.

Potential for up to 45 hours is available.

Volunteers needed for event preparations

Oct. 1-Nov. 12th Flexible work hours between 8 AM-7 PM.

  • Solicit organizations to be booth vendors and contact summit attendees
  • Disseminating (hanging up) posters and leafleting
  • Requesting Sponsorship donations from companies
  • Organize materials for event
  • Contact and confirm with attendees
  • Other duties as assigned

On Nov. 15th there are various volunteer opportunities.

Descriptions 8:00AM-7:00PM:

* Informative Booth hosts: will stay at a table and pass out materials.  You’ll need to be able to answer questions effectively and engage with those in attendance.  Items on the table should be displayed in an orderly fashion.

* Runners: Checking in with tables and participants (relieving for breaks, getting water, shade, etc.).  Pick up litter and recyclable material around the quad throughout the event. Gather food waste and dispose of it as needed. Play any games, as applicable, and do any activities, as applicable!

* Supervisors: will be encouraging the attendees to participate in games, as applicable, and send them to collect their prizes. Activity Center: need to keep craft materials, books, and coloring sheets organized, as applicable.  Coordinate the garden activity, as applicable.

* Food Servers must have a valid Food Handlers Permit, be able to effectively prepare and serve food, keep area tidy and clean throughout the event, as applicable.

* Set-up of ARD event (11:30-12:45PM) & Break down (6-7PM): Helping to carry items for booths and bands. Place table toppers and other information in appropriate spots. Direct people to their designated areas.

Thank you again for your interest and support.

TO VOLUNTEER: If you have any questions or need additional information, please email: Denise Tomer,; or contact Cindy Benson at 435-592-1831 or Tracey O’Kelly, Library Paraprofessional, Dixie State University Library, Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons, with the Sustainability Committee at DSU, 225 S. 700 E., St. George, UT, 84770, 435-652-7710

We greatly appreciate your involvement!

SURCadmin on October 23rd, 2013


Waste Stream Analysis

A Five County Recycling Cooperative Initiative

Preformed July 1st 2013

Sand Hollow State Park, 3351 South Sand Hollow Road, 84737 Hurricane, Utah

Project Overview:

Waste Stream Analysis at Sand Hollow State Park will be used to determine the percentage of materials that create the overall waste stream. For Sand Hollow State Park, garbologists will characterize the content of the park’s current landfill waste stream and identify volume weight percentages of material that have the greatest potential for landfill waste diversion improvements.

These waste audits illuminate the visitors’ and the staff’s waste disposal behaviors, which provide valuable input into waste reduction programs throughout the park. This waste audit will allow SURC, DNE and park managers to evaluate the effectiveness of waste reduction programs and continually improve their efforts.

DNR State Park Representatives: Laura Melling: (435)632-9206;

FCRC  DNR Representative: Lawrence Twitchell,; (435)559-0389

SURC Project Manager: Nickie Heying: 480-495-0817;

SURC Waste Analysis Supervisor: Denise Tomer,

Volunteer Garbologist Present :

* Oscar Garcia & the Explorers:

Lt. Jessica Behunin, Explorer Alex Castro, Sgt. Lucia Castro, Sgt. Brayli Crandall, Explorer Richie Renteria, Lt. Rick Rivera, Explorer Hannah Silva, Lt. Dan Silva, Captain Rebecca Welch

* SURC Board members: Julie Hancock, Nickie Heying, Cindy Benson, and Denise Tomer

* FCRC Committee members: Susan Leslie, Katie Johnson

Waste Stream Analysis

A Five County Recycling Cooperative Strategic Plan Initiative

11 Total Bins in Park; Sample size: 2 Bins at West Side Campground

2 Bin total weight of all material = 408lbs

With Standard Deviation of 47lbs (Misc. toilet in bin) = 361 lbs on average

Total weight of all Recyclable components = 205.6lbs = 50.4% of sample

With Standard Deviation, 50% – 57% of material can be recycled.

2 Sample Bins x 5.5 = weekly estimate of all 11 bins in the Park

Estimated total waste per week in all 11 bins = 1985.5lbs

SURCadmin on October 23rd, 2013

SURC & DSU Brings National Recycling Celebration to St. George Utah!

Southern Utah Recycling Coalition & Dixie State University host America Recycles DaySM St.George, Utah. Nov.15th 2013 from 1PM-6PM – This fall, several individuals and agencies are joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative by Keep America Beautiful and the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” will help to educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being as well as motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.

Come enjoy food, be entertained and visit booths where various vendors will discuss recycling efforts in our region. Learn about our ‘Green Teams’ in our elementary schools. Games and crafting will be available for all ages. Prizes will be awarded throughout the “Celebration.” For more information about recycling in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington County of Utah, visit  This is sure to be an amazing event!

“There is change on the horizon, as global citizens we can get engaged and make a positive difference. There are many opportunities to make sound economic and ecological choices that coincide with our daily and long-term endeavors. I urge you to create avenues to develop and enhance ‘Green’ communities. Join us in celebrating at our event and seeing what can be accomplished when we work together!” Exclaims Denise Tomer, Sustainability Consultant.

The national recycling rate is currently at 34.7 percent. Recycling 75 percent of the nation’s waste would create nearly 1.5 million jobs by 2030, according to a report by the Tellus Institute with Sound Resource Management. (Who is this?)

“We are very proud supporters of Southern Utah’s America Recycles Day events and commend their efforts to promote recycling in the rural areas of Southern Utah.  Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to improve our community, conserve natural resources and create green jobs.  Collectively, through events like these, we aim to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year,” said Brenda Pulley, Senior Vice President of Recycling at Keep America Beautiful and national program manager for America Recycles Day. America’s leading companies are proud to make America Recycles Day possible. National sponsors of America Recycles Day to date are: Anheuser-Busch, Amcor, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies and Waste Management.

About America Recycles Day
America Recycles DaySM is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.  Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a strong national network of 1,200 affiliates and partners including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers programs and engages in public-private partnerships that help create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling while educating generations of environmental stewards. Through our actions, we help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:

To volunteer at our event, to be a sponsor or if you want to host an informational booth or activity highlighting your business, club or organization (to share experiences and knowledge) contact Cindy Benson, 435-592-1831; or Denise Tomer; Tracey O’Kelly, Library Paraprofessional, Dixie State University Library, Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons, with the Sustainability Committee at DSU, 225 S. 700 E., St. George, UT, 84770, 435-652-7710

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SURCadmin on April 19th, 2013

Electronic Waste Event
Friday April 19th 9 am to 3 pm.
The drop off will be in front of the Canyon Community Center
126 Lion Blvd. in Springdale

All Electronic items will be accepted with the exception of large appliances and tube T.V’s
There will be a $10 fee for Computer CRT monitors

All proceeds will benefit Zion Canyon Earth Day.

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SURCadmin on April 19th, 2013

The Kanab City Police Department will be collecting your unused medications on Saturday, April 27 from 10am to 2pm at the Kanab City Police Station located at 140 East 100 South.

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SURCadmin on April 19th, 2013

April 19th Kanab Earth Day Festival, event will be held from 1pm to 5pm on the lawn of the Kane County Office of Tourism, Contact Lisa Church (435) 644-1200 for more information. This festival is design around children and includes a treasure hunt and many more activities.

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SURCadmin on April 4th, 2013

Please Join Us in Our Earth Day Celebration