Meet Lindsay Hooker! She has been a recycling advocate since she was a little girl! She reached out to us wanting to highlight the Tracy Aviary for their recycling efforts—but why not feature her instead? She welcomed me into her home and shared a great childhood story about recycling. She is also an animal lover who is currently employed at Best Friends Animal Society.
Salt Lake County Recycling: When did the importance of recycling first hit you?
Lindsay Hooker: When it first became available during the early ‘90s in my hometown of Vancouver, Washington. I was so into it that in second grade I asked for a recycling themed birthday party! I wanted any presents to be wrapped in newspaper.
SLCo Recycling: What recycling idea would you like to communicate to the masses?
LH: That food containers are recyclable (excluding Styrofoam). It doesn’t have to have the recycling symbol on it and it doesn’t even have to be clean. I’m always picking through the trash and I find so many things that can be recycled.
SLCo Recycling: What recycling moment are you most proud of?
LH: (Laughs) I had a recycling themed birthday party! I also visited one of the biggest recycling plants, in Edmonton, Alberta, during a Canadian Field Studies trip in college.
SLCo Recycling: Not to be a downer, but for awareness sake, what is your recycling pet peeve?
LH: When people don’t do it! Not recycling is a huge pet peeve!
Jesse (LH’s husband): When I use paper towels to wipe down the counters—it drives her nuts! We have to keep cloth rags around.
LH: Not thinking about reusing.
Jesse: And packaging!
LH: Excessive and wasteful packaging! Definitely.
SLCo Recycling: What else should we know about you?
LH: I’m an animal lover and proponent for the environment.
Jesse: You make things and you’re all sciency.
LH: I do make things! There’s a non-profit makerspace called Make Salt Lake where I go to make things like tables from used materials. I try to never buy new—I prefer to go to thrift stores or KSL. There’s a really good community of freecyclers out there. I would just rather use things that already exist rather than waste new material.
I also have backyard chickens—no need for cardboard egg containers, and I know the chickens my eggs come from are healthy and happy!
Do you know an outstanding recycler (or someone who had a recycling themed birthday party!) we should feature as our next Recycling Spotlight? Tell us about them! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org