In the last year, the Sustainability Department’s Waste & Recycling Division collected 68,994 tons of material from Salt Lake City residents. That amounts to the weight of 34,500 cars! Approximately 37% of that material was diverted from the landfill through recycling and composting.
If you are a Salt Lake City resident who uses curbside waste and recycling services, we want to hear from you! We are seeking input on curbside services and feedback on a modest proposed fee increase.
Funding Waste & Recycling
How does the city manage to haul away and process that many tons of waste? The Waste & Recycling Division operates as one of the city’s Enterprise Funds, which is funded through service fees.
The fees pay for weekly curbside collection of garbage, recycling, and compost to approximately 43,000 residents, primarily single-family, duplex, and triplex homes. The funds also support the costs of equipment and operations, as well as recycling costs.
Waste and recycling service fees have not been raised in the last five years. However, due to rising costs, the City is proposing to raise fees slightly over the next few years.
Currently, fees are based on the size of garbage can residents opt for. There is a 90-gallon for $21/month, 60-gallon for $17.75/month, and 40-gallon for $13.75/month. Recycling and compost containers are included without additional charge. The fees also fund the city’s bulk collection program, Call 2 Haul.
Take the Survey!
We want to hear from everyone in our community who uses our curbside waste services.
Please take the survey and let us know what you think about the city’s waste and recycling services. You will have a chance to weigh in on the proposed fee increase, as well as share your thoughts on recycling, special waste programs, and more.
Take the survey here: www.slcgreen.com/rates
It’s open through December 8!