Reducing our waste has always been important to us at Park City. In 2007, we invested in a cardboard baler for the Grand Summit Hotel. This innovative piece of equipment allowed us to crush and compact large amounts of cardboard and reduce the amount of waste we were producing, thus reducing the number of trash pickups we required. As a result, we also decreased fuel usage and costs.
In the summer of 2013, we implemented a composting program for all of our base area restaurants, banquet facilities, and on-mountain restaurants. In just seven-months time, we diverted over 30 tons of material that would have otherwise gone to the landfill – or the equivalent of 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
As of January 2014, we have implemented our recycling program in all village and on-mountain lodging and dining facilities, at all lifts, and in all back-of-the-house areas. Our blue recycling containers are readily available to guests in their room to dispose of glass, metals, plastic, cardboard, and paper.
And as of the end of 2014, Park City is continually diverting almost 40% of its waste from the landfill through composting or recycling. Our longer-term goal is to increase this to 45% by making our program even more accessible to our guests and employees. We are also proud of our award-winning restaurant, The Farm, which has set a goal of becoming the first zero-waste restaurant in Utah.