OGDEN -- When Dorothy Thyberg was a little girl, it used to embarrass her when her grandfather would reuse paper sacks from the grocery store.
"He would stop at King's every day and get me some Life Savers and he would use the same paper sack to put them in," she said. "After he would give them to me he would fold the sack back up and put it in his drawer to use for his next trip."
Thyberg used to tell her grandfather to stop reusing the sack and instead, to just throw it away.
"He would say, 'No no no. You don't want to waste the paper.' I didn't realize that's the way it used to be," Thyberg said. "If you had something that came in a paper or plastic container you reused it. Today, most people just throw it away."
Thyberg learned early on the value of recycling. Her great-grandfather Lion Bloom emigrated from Russia in 1907, and together with his wife Ida, started Bloom Recyclers. Today, the company is Northern Utah's first and foremost provider of recycling services, and Thyberg is its president and chief executive officer.
"Recycling isn't new. It's been around forever. It's just been brought to the forefront now because we do it less and less," Thyberg said. "But we need to use and reuse everything we have so we have enough natural resources to go around."
Bloom Recyclers was first established in New York City but in 1909 moved to Brigham City. In 1933, it opened its Ogden plant, located at 710 W. Exchange Road.
Bloom Recyclers sorts and recycles approximately 3,000 tons of material every month. After sorting paper and metal products, items are then packaged and sent to a foundry where the material is processed or melted down to create new materials.
"We take a lot of items such as old swing sets, swamp coolers, water heater, basically anything metal," Thyberg said. "We also have different incentives for children like a coloring book program where children color a picture, bring it in and get coupons and other little things. It's a great way to teach them about recycling."
The company is located just east of the Weber County Transfer Station and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to bring in items.
"We just want to encourage people to recycle. We use so much paper and waste so much paper and it's really not that hard to throw it in the recycle bin," Thyberg said. "That paper sack my grandfather used is burned into my memory and I learned a great lesson. We can't afford to waste a paper sack."