Washington County Solid Waste

Curbside Recycling

Curbside Recycling coming soon in Washington County

Washington County Solid Waste BLUCAN curbside recycling in now operational. Please read the information below for more information about the program. For questions regarding billing for this program please contact your city utilities department. To report a missed pick up please call Republic Services at 435-628-2821. To request a repair or delivery of your trash and recycling carts please call Washington County Solid Waste at 435-673-2813.

Recycling Program Update   

In the last few weeks, we’ve had many phone calls from residents, who, having heard that our contract with Rocky Mountain Recycling is being terminated, mistakenly think that the entire recycling collection program is being terminated as well, and so they want to know what to do with their blue can or when will someone come by to remove the blue can, etc. 

To help correct any misconceptions about the recycling program, we want to emphasize the following:  (1) that although our contract with Rocky Mountain Recycling for processing recyclable materials is being terminated, we are contracting with another entity for processing of recyclable materials for the remainder of the contract term, (2) that this new contract will result in all collected materials being transported to Las Vegas so that nothing will end up in our landfill, (3) that the collection of recyclable materials will continue for the remainder of the contract period (until February of 2021), at which point we’ll need to determine where to go from there, (4) that the cost to the residents will remain unchanged, and (5) that we’ll be making a few changes as to the kinds of materials that should be placed in the blue cans for recycling. Residents are asked to only put the following items in their blucan; Cardboard, Metal food and beverage cans (aluminum and tin), plastics #1 and #2 (ie. milk jugs, water bottles)

We are not, at this point, terminating the recycling program. 

  • What does the term “Curbside Recycling” mean?
    • Curbside recycling is the collection, processing and reuse of non-hazardous recyclable materials.
    • Curbside recycling in Washington County will be accomplished by placing all recyclable materials into 1 single container similar to the current waste container. This is also known as “single stream recycling”
  • What materials can be placed in my recycle cart?
    • Due to market conditions we have the need to limit what goes in the blucan to the following list.
    • Cardboard.
    • Aluminum cans, foil, tin, steel bi-metal cans.
    • Plastic containers; #1, #2.
    • Unfortunately we cannot accept plastic bags and glass.
  • Why can’t I recycle glass, green wastes, and other recyclable materials in the curbside program?
    • We have chosen to start with the typical materials included in a residential curbside program.
    • With some practice composting green waste can be practiced at home.
    • Green waste can be delivered to the landfill composting yard or the Brigham Road St. George Reuse Facility.
    • We plan on leaving the “Binnie” program in place for residents that do not want to participate in the curbside program. Those bins will still be available for glass recycling.
  • How is the material separated?
    • Materials are baled and shipped to be processed using automated separation equipment at a MRF (Material Recovery Facility). The value for the material is determined by market rates.
    • Someday we hope to have a MRF in Washington County and retain more of the material commodity value here locally.
  • How is Single Stream Recycling collected?
    • Single Stream Recycling will be collected in residential side load recycling/waste trucks utilized on dedicated recycling routes.
    • These routes will be on the same day of the week as your current trash collection day, serviced every other week.
  • How do I place recycling in my recycle cart?
    • Since there is no need to separate recyclable materials, simply and conveniently place in the cart and roll out curbside the night before scheduled service.
    • Please follow recycle guidelines provided.
    • Please do not bag your recyclabels. When you bag the recyclable it is considered contaminated and will be treated as trash.
  • What if I generate more recyclable material than the cart can properly contain?
    • Breaking down boxes flat, removing lids and crushing containers certainly will help.
  • Why is it important for the Solid Waste District to start a curbside recycling program now?
    • Although our current landfill has many years of life, it is important to reduce the current waste stream now to lengthen its life. We look at saving airspace for the landfill the same as one would look at saving for retirement. The sooner you start the larger the benefit you will receive.
    • Curbside recycling will divert some of the lighter fluffier waste. We won’t see a tremendous reduction in weight coming to the landfill however with the reduction of this light weight fluffy material, our compaction rates will increase and that is where we will see the greatest impact in the life of the landfill.
    • Although there appears to be hundreds and thousands of acres of land in Washington County that we could put a new landfill, this is just not as feasible and practical as it may appear. The process to start a new landfill is very expensive and a very difficult process. Most of the land in Washington County is currently occupied by the BLM, Forest Service, SITLA, etc. and no one wants a landfill in their backyard. If we were able to find property to place a new landfill in Washington County, it would most likely be on the very outskirts of the County. We would then need to build a transfer station in a central location and then transfer the waste into larger vehicles to haul to the landfill. Current landfill tipping fees and residential waste collection fees would then have to be raised significantly to offset these additional costs.
    • The bottom line is that the Solid Waste District is working hard to keep rates as low as possible while managing the waste responsibly for future generations.



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