Garbage down, recycling up in Salt Lake County

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  • Jedihdya provo, UT
    April 22, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Provo, UT.
    Our garbage pickup team is notably formal and professional. However, some areas such as Center Street complain that the placement of the garbage cans gets in the way of traffic. I used to live in Pleasant Grove, UT. and I didn't hear any complaints similar to this and I too was more than satisfied with the simplicity of the task. What I think is applicable for these areas in Provo where the cans are placed several feet away from the sidewalk, which is inconvenient and dangerous, is for someone to consider a change to be made here. Yes, it may be hard because Provo parking is limited to where the cars are parked in a place that would be better for garbage cans. This is only a small problem and I appreciate the sincerity of Provo people.

  • Kent Buckner West Valley City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    What about glass recycling? Casper, WY, which has a much smaller population than SL County, recycles glass but SL County doesn't. It seems something should be done about it. Glass isn't biodegradable and will be here forever unless it's recycled.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    It's not a tax that you pay for refuse services. It's a fee. That money is not allowed to use for any other programs or can go to the general fund. However, for convenience the fee is on your property tax bill.

    Once the landfill is full, you'll be really upset on the costs to have the refuse picked up.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    How about this. Go back to biweekly pick up and reduced our tax. People need to pack down hard enough to make it full again. When they started to pick up weekly they added more annual tax was upsetting.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    It would cost more and be less effective with a truck that picks up both. The recycling materials are taken to a different location, while the trash is typically taken to the landfill. They would be spending more time driving through traffic to unload half loads. Plus, if the recyclables are contaminated with garbage, then everything would have to be tossed out. Plus what do you do, if your garbage load for half the truck is full and you can pick up another 5 more blocks of recycling materials? Then you would have to drive back and start picking up the garbage again, where you left off and might have to dump that half load before you can start picking up again.

    Hope that answers the question.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    I have been a reluctant recycler, but have come to embrace it over the years. I do question that it requires two trucks and drivers to collect the same trash that once only needed one. Couldn't a truck with a two containers be used for collection?