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Salt Lake City To Temporarily Suspend Curbside Compost Can Collection (Winter 2016)


Update (2/22/2016): Due to warming weather conditions, Salt Lake City will resume curbside compost can collection on Monday, February 29, 2016.

Starting January 25, 2016, service for your brown curbside compost can will be temporarily suspended until April 4, 2016. The suspension will enable Salt Lake City to streamline operations and reduce air pollutants during the winter inversion season.

During snowy winter months, demand for the brown cans is low. Just 1% of all curbside compost cans were set out last winter. Suspending collection of compost cans will result in a reduction of 1, 070 pounds of criteria air pollutants and over 147,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

If the City experiences a significant thaw, operations may be reinstated before April 4, 2016. Residents are welcome to call (801) 535-6999 with questions, or visit


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  1. Not good for me and my yard. I have lots to collect. I guess it all goes into the regular garbage can for two months now.

    January 18, 2016
    • Hi Nan,

      Thanks for the feedback. If Salt Lake City experiences a significant thaw before April 4 and demand for the brown cans increases, the City may reinstate collection earlier. We’ll keep you posted here and via the SLCgreen social media accounts.



      January 19, 2016
    • Hi Nan, we just want to make sure you saw that collections will resume next Monday, February 29th. Spring is in the air!

      February 22, 2016
  2. Savannah Cracraft #

    April is too late to restart service! This should have been suspended from 12/1/15 to 2/29/16. March is a good time to start cutting back.

    January 19, 2016
    • Hi Savannah, we plan to be flexible to conditions in Salt Lake City, so if demand for the brown can increases before April 4, collection may begin earlier. We will keep you posted here, and via You are welcome to call (801) 535-6999 for updates as well.

      January 20, 2016
    • Hi Savannah, we just want to make sure you saw that collections will resume next Monday, February 29th (your post was pretty spot on in January!)

      February 22, 2016
  3. TOM GREEN #

    Are you suspending the billing for the BROWN CAN during this time frame ???

    January 20, 2016
    • Hello Tom, your monthly waste fee is based on the size of your garbage can, not your compost or recycling can service. There is no extra charge for the brown can. If you have any additional questions about how fees are structured, you are welcome to call 801-535-6999.

      January 20, 2016
  4. lb #

    we were a bit disappointed to receive the notice of suspended service, on the day the service was suspended! Argh. Advance notice by at least a couple of weeks would have been nice.

    January 20, 2016
    • Salt Lake City’s Sanitation team has been distributing flyers since early January, we’re sorry if that was the first time you received notification! We plan to reinstate service as soon as yard work begins again in the city. You are welcome to call (801) 535-6999 with questions.

      January 29, 2016
  5. Ed Steel #

    Hi – Thanks for the recent notice along with the supporting information that we’ll save over 6,500 pounds of fuel. This is great! I’m certain that we will also save in labor and other associated costs regarding the recent announcement of brown curbside compost suspension. Will this savings be passed along to us? If not, where will this money be allocated? Based on the size of our garbage can, the savings will be between $10.00 – $14.00 respectively. Thanks for your forward thinking in helping us all reduce and save. I’m excited to see a decrease in my monthly bill. When can we expect to see this reflected within our bills?

    January 21, 2016
    • Hi Ed, as you will notice on your bill, your monthly waste fee is based on the size of your garbage can, not your compost or recycling can service. There is no extra charge attached to your brown can. A standard 90 gallon garbage can is $21 a month, the 60 gallon can is $17.75, and the 40 gallon garbage can is just $13.75 a month. This is the quickest and easiest way to reduce your monthly waste fee, and we highly recommend it! If you would like to speak with our Sanitation staff about the operational savings of the suspension and your calculations, you are welcome to call 801-535-6999.

      January 29, 2016
  6. Justin #

    I think this is a great idea. I always thought it was stupid to have the trucks just driving around for that one person out of the neighborhood who “might” have their brown can out. Agree that April might be too late, but like the flexibility idea.

    January 25, 2016
    • Hi Justin, curbside compost can collection will resume next Monday, February 29!

      February 22, 2016
  7. Ed Steel #

    Hi – I placed a comment on here last week and I haven’t received a response nor do I see my post. Could I please receive a confirmation that you’re researching my inquiries or a response to my comment? Thanks in advance.

    January 27, 2016
    • Hi Ed,
      The last comment we have from you was on January 21st. Can you please resubmit your comment so we can reply? You can also email us at if you prefer.

      May 10, 2016
  8. D. Frankfurt #

    April is MUCH too late. Last weekend in the sunny weather I filled up the entire yard waste container just by cleaning out my garden beds. Now I am stuck with a overflowing and very heavy useless brown can. In regards to the billing, when SLC first implemented the brown yard waste cans the notice said that we will be charged the extra monthly fee for the brown can whether we choose to have it or not, I believe it was $12.00. I am just going to put a big sign on the brown can that says “THIS IS GARBAGE” on the next collection day.

    February 20, 2016
    • Hi D., due to the warm weather conditions, curbside compost can collection will resume next Monday, February 29, 2016.

      February 22, 2016
      • TOM GREEN #

        Could that mean FEBRUARY ?????

        February 22, 2016
  9. John #

    it would be useful if this information were posted on your website too. I went there first looking for this exact info. I only stumbled upon this via google. 🙂

    April 7, 2016

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