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Solid Waste and Recycling Information for Utah Residents

Recycling efforts in Utah are less than stellar


A 2008 study by BioCycle found that Utah is lagging behind other states when it comes to recycling. In fact, only five states recycled fewer tonnage in 2008.


On the bright side, Utah does utilize waste-to-energy technology to turn trash into usable energy, and its statewide per capita waste generation rates are better than average.


To help boost recycling rates in the state – and primarily in its top five most populous counties where 97% of recycling currently takes place – the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is working with various government entities and nonprofits to generate new recycling policy and educational tools.


Save money and reduce waste by composting


As much as 30% of municipal waste in the U.S. is compostable, including yard debris, food scraps and paper products. The Utah DEQ encourages residents to compost.


Benefits of composting:


  • It’s free organic fertilizer and soil additive
  • Reducing waste output by up to 30% could reduce the cost of your waste hauling bill

Learn more about composting:


Solid waste rules and regulations


Utah has laws protecting the environment and public health from illegal dumping and safe disposal of wastes. You can view a comprehensive list of laws and rules governing solid waste in the state at the following link:


http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r315/r315.htm


Why you should care about recycling


We all know recycling is beneficial to the environment, but its economic benefits are not as well known. The recycling industry bring jobs to the community.


According to the EPA, for every 10,000 lbs. of waste disposed of in landfills, there is only 1 job created. On the other hand, the same amount of waste processed at recycling facilities creates 10 recycling-related jobs or 75 material reuse jobs.


Recycling offers:


  • New jobs, more money flowing through the state and local economies
  • Fewer landfills, illegal dumping sites, and less need for virgin materials to manufacture new products

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Utah

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.