2009 Awards: Xanterra and Bryce Canyon National Park
Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Bryce Canyon Lodge conducted a cost analysis study of landfill waste disposal versus recycling in rural Garfield County where Bryce Canyon National Park is located. Not surprisingly, it was discovered that on average, landfill waste disposal cost was significantly less than recycling. Xanterra and Bryce Canyon National Park determined that it made little sense when considering greenhouse gas emissions and fuel usage to continue to manage recycling in the manner of the past if a better option might be available.
In 2008, Bryce Canyon National Park, after reviewing the Xanterra cost analysis as well as its own costs, began contacting waste haulers to find a recycling partner and increase the efficiency of transporting recyclables to a Multi-Recycling Facility (MRF). Using the Yellowstone National Park Headwaters Coalition as a model, a partnership was established between Xanterra, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Garfield County, Utah that is the first of its kind in Southern Utah and sets the stage to open the door for recycling in rural communities throughout the area where virtually no recycling has ever taken place. Recycling collected by both Xanterra and NPS increased dramatically during 2008 as a result of these efforts.