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Salt Lake City and County Curbside Recycling

Reduce, Reuse, then Recycle.

Recycling is just the right thing to do. We produce so much waste and if some of it can be recycled into something useful, doing so is good for not only the environment but will give you a warm feeling of superiority knowing you are doing the right thing.

And the city and county makes it very easy on us to do this "right thing" by providing and delivering recycling containers for free (free if you are already on the garbage collection program). They are no longer charging a monthly fee for the containers like they were when the program first started. Pickup times vary so you will need to check with either Salt Lake City proper (if you live within the bounds) or Salt Lake county (numbers listed below) to find out what your day is.

The rules are simple.

Please Do:

  • Put only accepted items in the container
    • Newspapers
    • Cardboard
    • Paper
    • Plastic (but take the caps off--they are not recyclable)
    • Aluminum
    • Tin
  • Keep your recycling container at least three feet from your garbage container or other obstructions
  • Set your recycling container out only when it is at least 3/4 full

Please Do Not:

  • Do not put the following items in your curbside recycling container:
    • Glass
    • Clothing
    • Napkins, paper towels, toilet paper
    • Food and food wrappings
    • Small appliances
    • Yard waste
    • Hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, other chemicals)
  • Do not set recyclables on the side of the recycling container or use any container other than t he 90-gallon, City or county-issued, blue recycling container.
  • Non-acceptable items put in those containers won't be recycled, just tossed and it will cause extra work. Putting unacceptable things into the containers could get your container taken away from you!

Call to get a container delivered:

The county is NOT charging for the containers anymore (when they were first introduced, there was a monthly fee to have one and to have someone come and empty it)!

  • Salt Lake City proper residents: 535-6999
  • Salt Lake County residents: 562-6435

For those items you can not put in your curbside container, check the list of drop off locations and what they will accept.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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