By Kyle Strayer
Keep an eye out for the city’s newest recycling trucks with our “Ditch Your Disposables” image.
The wrap covers eight of the new trucks, which have replaced older models. They are the newest addition to the city’s fleet of 34 trucks. (Check out previous years’ truck wraps here and here.)
Beyond the nifty new wrap, these state-of-the-art recycling trucks have a dynamic mechanical arm, multiple camera feeds displayed on the dashboard, two on-board trash compactors, and can haul 9 – 10 tons of material each.
Each truck has a low-emission profile too– three are Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and five are new clean diesel (100% of Salt Lake City’s refuse trucks are either CNG or clean diesel).
If you live in SLC, every item you recycle is eventually hauled off in one of the City’s trucks and taken to a recycling facility. These trucks travel miles of city streets every day, collecting material and sending it off to be made into something new.
Their widespread visibility is one reason we use them for public education.
So back to the new wrap: Why the slogan “Wash, Reuse, Repeat”?
Simply washing your durable products– whether a glass, coffee mug, silverware, or plate– instead of opting for disposables can save tons of material from going to the landfill each year.
(Sometimes disposable products are recycled, but usually they end up in the landfill. The waxy lining on paper coffee cups and plates makes them non-recyclable; and the difficult size and variable components of plastic utensils makes them ill-suited for recycling.)
Remember the tag line “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”?
We think the first and second words and resulting behaviors need a little more love.
“Wash Reuse Repeat” is a new spin on the original slogan, reminding everyone that: Read more