Josephine (Jo) Divver! She
is our lovely recycling spotlight for March! Jo is a longtime Salt Lake
City resident and is very active in her community. She is also an avid
gardener and a massive U of U basketball fan! We first met her when we
gave a recycling/landfill presentation to the Sugar House Garden Club and her
enthusiasm for recycling was quite evident. We knew we just had to
spotlight this long-time recycler! She was kind enough to invite us into
her Sugar House home, show us around and answer a few questions.
County Recycling: When did
the importance of recycling hit you?
Jo Divver: I was in my 50s and was putting a lot of time
into my yard, and realized with the amount of yard waste I was producing, I
really wanted it to go to the right place. Then they came out with the
blue and brown bins and just made everything so convenient, how could I not
participate? My daughter is also a champion recycler and I noticed her
doing it and picked up a lot of habits from her.
What recycling idea would you like to communicate to the masses?
JD: The cans. People are always telling me I
can't recycle them in my blue bin, but I know you can! I always make sure
they are rinsed, so they are recyclable. We have got to get the word out
on this. Your cans are recyclable!
What recycling moment are you most proud of?
JD: I just like to have fun with it. We head
up to the canyons a lot with family and friends. I would make them
separate their recyclables and they thought I was crazy! But now they are
all doing it on their own. I'm pretty proud of them.
to be a downer, but for awareness’ sake, what is your recycling pet
JD: Well just how there is laziness involved with
not recycling or separating waste. Then papers get wet with your garbage
and are no longer recyclable. I was at a church luncheon the other week
and made everyone give me their boxes so they would be recycled. Someone
said, "Jo, your blue bin will be full!" But I told them I
didn't care! Recycling is easy, we should all be doing it.
What else would you like us to know?
JD: Do you know, I truly appreciate what they are
doing in Sugar House Park. One day each month in the summer, from
7am-10am, they recycle. They take everything. I save my old
medicines because they have the sheriff’s department there to take them.
The cute couple across the street from me are in their 90s and they had
this huge TV to be recycled last summer. These big football players from
the U were volunteering at the event and they came and lifted the TV out of the
car like it was nothing! Anyway, these events are wonderful. They
take your paint, your oils, everything! (For
more information on this year's Household Hazardous Waste collections from the
SLCo Health Department, visit their website: hhw.slcohealth.org)
being such a grand recycler, Jo!
know a stellar recycler we should feature as our next Recycling Spotlight?
Tell us about them! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to follow Jo’s example and become a great recycler? Take our 20%
Challenge, pledge to recycle more and help Salt Lake County catch up to the
national recycling average!