Recycling is a great way to have less waste, fewer raw materials consumed, less energy used, and a greener world for the next generation. But making the entire process of recycling work is a lot more involved than just collecting the paper, plastic, glass, metal and aluminum items that residents and businesses accumulate. In fact, the collection of recyclables is only half the story. The other half is converting recycled materials into "new" raw materials or products that someone is willing to pay for. After all, if there's no one to sort, clean, process and ship the materials, and no one interested in purchasing and using them, then they would all end up in the trash. That "middleman" job is being done across the country by Waste Management.
Waste Management's recycling programs include curbside collection of recyclable materials from residential customers, as well as commercial and industrial collection. At Waste Management, we seek to develop recycling programs that complement a responsible, comprehensive and cost-effective plan to manage the entire waste system. To find a recycling service plan that works for your home or your business, contact a WM customer service representative at 1-888-496-8824.
To find one of several WM free, public recycling drop off sites, visit: http://www.wm.com/facility-locator.jsp?state=UT.
Recycling at Home
Waste Management's curbside recycling program is a result of the environmental commitment that we share with our customers. We are the largest provider of recycling services in Utah, as well as a national leader in curb-side recycling, with over 600 programs serving over 5.2 million American house-holds.
Curbside recycling is the most convenient method for our residential customers to return materials to commerce. This activity does not occur without cost. A second truck and crew collects specific materials from the homes of our recycling customers. The recycled materials are handled repeatedly and transported before they are ultimately used for re-manufacture. This combination of activities increases the cost of re-use and, in some cases, results in higher prices for items that have recycled content.
The materials included in our curb-side recycling program are chosen for their ability to be returned to commerce in a method that is economically viable to re-manufacturers. We encourage you to make your purchasing decisions with this in mind.
Where do the recyclables go?
As part of Waste Management's nationwide Recycle America program, your recyclables are collected, sorted and baled. They are then shipped by rail and truck to various recycling mills within the U.S. and overseas. Your recyclables are then remanufactured into new products.
When are the recyclables picked up?
Recycling pick-ups are made every other week on the same day as your trash collection. If your recycling pick-up day falls on a holiday, revise the schedule as you would for your trash pick-ups. As is required for your trash service, recyclables are to be put out by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled pick-up day. We are unable to provide alley service for recycling.
What can be recycled with WM?
All recycling should be rinsed and clean.
- Aluminum cans and clean aluminum foil
- Steel or tin containers
- Plastic containers that are labeled #1-#7
- Office paper, junk mail and newspaper,
- Newspapers, brochures, catalogs and magazines
- Envelopes, sticky notes and folders
- Cardboard, cereal boxes and paper board
Non- Acceptable Materials in Residential Single Stream and Drop-off Recycling Centers
- Plastic Bags
Of any kind- even if used to hold recyclables. Simply place recyclables loose in your collection container.
- Shredded Paper
- Polystyrene and Foam
Cups, packaging materials and peanuts.
- Video and Cassette tapes
- Plastic film
Shrink wrap, saran wrap, film etc.
- Food or Yard Waste
No organics (anything that grows or can be eaten).
- Electronic Waste
Small appliances, microwaves, computers, cell phones, batteries, TV’s, radios etc.
- Wire Cords and Rope
Extension cords, rope, cable, chains, garden hoses, Christmas lights, etc.
Fabric, clothing, carpet, etc.
- Aerosol Cans (Unless Empty)
Including camping fuel containers (small green camping fuel tanks).
- Medical/Bio Hazardous Waste
Syringes, used oxygen hoses and masks, IV hoses etc.
- Wax-coated containers (Milk and Juice Cartons OK)
Hot/cold beverage cups, paper to-go boxes.
- Soiled paper products
Food-soiled cardboard, plates, paper towels and tissues.
- Construction Debris
Bricks, wood, sheet rock/drywall, concrete, rebar, shingles, plastic fencing etc.
- Auto parts
Brake shoes and disc pads, batteries, tires and rims, windshields and plate glass, engine blocks, radiators, alternators and starters (Metal can be recycled by scrap metal recyclers. Batteries can be recycled at auto parts stores. Check for local recycling options.)
- Miscellaneous Household Items
Plates, dishes, cooking utensils, pots, pans, coffee mugs, thermos bottles, ceramic pots
No liquids of any kind.
Green waste is NOT captured through your curbside recycling unless a green waste can is provided by your city. If a green waste service is not provided, these recyclables can be taken to the Trans Jordan Landfill, Salt Lake Valley Landfilll, Wasatch Integrated (Davis Co.), North Pointe, Provo City, and Timpanogos Specialty Services District.