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Winter Curbside Service Announcements


1. Because Christmas and New Year’s Day are both on Sundays this year, there will be no change to our regular curbside collection schedule.

However, please take note of the six-week suspension of compost can collection from January 23-March 10, as well as our guidelines for tree disposal.

2. Holiday Tree Disposal 

Holiday trees are collected in the brown compost can through the third week of January. 

  • Please cut the tree down to fit all the way in the can.
  • If you have a very large tree, place it on the curb no later than your collection day the week of Monday,  January 16.
  • Please remove all lights and trimmings.
  • No flocked trees- the trees are taken to the composting facility and artificial materials cannot be processed.


3. Winter Yard Waste Bin Suspension 

In an effort to reduce our impact on the environment and improve air quality, Salt Lake City Waste and Recycling modifies its winter service schedule while still collecting as much valuable green waste as possible for composting.

The brown compost can will not be collected Monday, January 23 to Friday, March 10. Demand for yard waste collection is low during this period, and suspending services will result in:

  • An estimated fuel savings of 5,234 gallons
  • The elimination of 856 pounds of criteria air pollutants and over 117,600 pounds of CO2- equivalent.
  • A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 13 passenger vehicles from the road for an entire year.

Yard waste bin collection will start back up the week of Monday March 13, 2017.

If you have remaining autumn yard waste to dispose of, please call Waste and Recycling as soon as possible to request an extra leaves-only can so you can dispose of them before the suspension.

For more information on all of your waste and recycling services, please visit us at You can reach us at 801-535-6999 or

Thank you and happy festive season to all!

Waste Less, Save More! SLCgreen Encourages You To Downsize Your Garbage

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Have you noticed the new truck wraps driving around Salt Lake City?

We’ve outfitted all of our Sanitation vehicles with bright new wrappers promoting downsizing options available to all city residents. So keep your eyes open on garbage day!

Every month, you pay one fee for your garbage can – that’s it. Your recycling and compost can service is included in that fee. There are three garbage can sizes, and if you downsize your can you also downsize your monthly waste fee!

Can Size Monthly Fee per Can
90-gallon Garbage $21.00
60-gallon Garbage $17.75
40-gallon Garbage $13.75

Call (801) 535-6999 to downsize your garbage can today.

City Suspends Regular Waste Pickup Due to Weather (Update 12/16/2015)

Update: Wednesday 12/16/2015

Today Sanitation trucks will be finishing the remaining homes from Tuesday and working on normal Wednesday routes, although some homes will be collected later than normal.

A few remaining areas from Monday, primarily in the Avenues and Capitol areas, have not been collected. Crews will be checking those areas periodically to see when they can be collected, and trucks will go back when possible.

Yard waste is suspended today but will resume tomorrow. We expect to be back on a normal collection schedule by the end of today.

Please call (801) 535-6999 with questions, and thank you for your patience.

Update: Tuesday 12/15/2015

Salt Lake City is currently collecting both Monday & Tuesday service routes today. Curbside compost/yard waste collection is suspended to focus on recycling and garbage service, please pull your cans from the curb and place them out next week.

Sanitation is coordinating with Salt Lake City Streets to clear remaining areas, but cul de sacs, narrow one-way streets, alleys and back-in locations may not be collected until later Tuesday, once they are cleared.

We expect to be back on a normal waste service collection schedule as of Wednesday, 12/16/2015.

Please call (801) 535-6999 with questions.

Original post from Monday, 12/14/2015

Due to weather conditions, Salt Lake City is ceasing regular Monday waste collections for the day.

With more snow forecast for Tuesday, City Sanitation Service will do their best to complete Monday and Tuesday routes pickups by Wednesday, but they may occur later in the day depending on road conditions. Snow is expected throughout Monday night and into Tuesday.

Residents are asked to please pull in their cans off the curb today so City snow plow drivers can clean the streets and plan on placing cans back out on Tuesday morning, before 7 a.m.

The City also requests residents refrain from putting out their recycle and compost cans if they can wait another week for collection to help expedite makeup service on Tuesday.

Collectors will work to accomplish pickups for residents who were missed first before moving on to regularly scheduled homes. If weather continues to impact collections, some pickups may need to be rescheduled for Saturday.

Updates will be available on the City website at You can also call (801) 535-6999 with questions.

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Meet the Master Recyclers!

SLC master recyclerThe inaugural class of Salt Lake City Master Recyclers are more than halfway through the program, and they are loving it!

So far, the class has explored the Salt Lake County Landfill operation, learned about Salt Lake City’s curbside sanitation services (your friendly weekday garbage, recycling and compost collection), taken a behind-the-scenes tour of Rocky Mountain Recycling’s facility, explored the ins and outs of the City’s composting operation and, most recently, “tagged” along with Salt Lake City’s can inspection team.

What’s up next? A waste audit with Momentum Recycling and a tour of their local clean glass recycling facility, the climate impacts of waste and a class on effective community engagement strategies. Upon completion of the program later this month, each participate will dedicate 10 hours of volunteer time helping to educate the community about what they learned. At that point, they’ll become certified Master Recyclers!

Are you interested in participating in the future? Check out the newly launched!




Become a Salt Lake City Master Recycler!

SLC master recyclerSalt Lake City Green is excited to announce our new Master Recycler Program, coming this May! We’re currently looking for our inaugural Master Recycler class.

Do you want to be one of Salt Lake City’s first certified Master Recyclers? Fill out this short form & we’ll be in touch!

What is Master Recycler?

Salt Lake City Green is working to build out a network of residents who are trained and certified Master Recyclers who understand all aspects of waste reduction, city services and bin downsizing options.

Class Details

Master Recyclers commit to attending eight weekly workshops running from May-June 2015. Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m.

Workshops will cover a variety of topics and emphasize opportunities for hands-on learning. Every workshop includes a field trip for a behind-the-scenes look at the Salt Lake County Landfill, Salt Lake City Sanitation, Rocky Mountain Recycling, landfill composting operation and Momentum Glass Recycling. You’ll even “tag” along with Salt Lake City’s can inspection team!

What’s in it for you?

  • Recognition as one of the first certified Master Recyclers in Salt Lake City (awesome plaque included!)
  • A tote bag full of Master Recycler swag, including t-shirt and stainless steel water bottle.
  • The knowledge to help your friends, neighbors and kids maximize your recycling & reduce your impact on the environment.

Sign up! We’re currently recruiting our inaugural Master Recycler class. Fill out this form & we’ll be in touch!

SLC, pick your fee!

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Did you know? Salt Lake City residents can choose their monthly garbage fee, depending on the size of their curbside bin.

There are three options available:

  • $21.00 a month for 90 gallon
  • $17.75 a month for 60 gallon
  • $13.50 a month for 40 gallon

If you are on the fence about downsizing, consider maximizing your curbside recycling and compost (yard waste) bins. The more waste you divert from your garbage bin, the more money you’ll save with a smaller bin & monthly fee!

Learn more at  Or check out our “cheat sheets” below.


Recycle Snapshot: Compost


Status: Brown Bin

Interested in: Soil amendment

Likes: Brown bins, the outdoors, food

About: Earth and I grew up as childhood sweethearts, and we’ve been together ever since. She provides for me, and I give back to her. From eggshells to tea bags, and leaves to coffee grounds, we’re basically the best green team around! You might be surprised by just how much we can actually handle.