Curbside glass recycling—a sustainable phenomenon that has just under three years of precedent in Salt Lake City—spread this week to the Emigration Canyon, Canyon Rim and Olympus Cove neighborhoods.
The Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District, which provides trash services in these areas, has for years operated several centralized glass pickup sites in the area, where tons and tons of glass is dumped each week.
This payload, says Jeffrey Sean Summerhays, sustainability coordinator for the recycling district, combined with requests from residents, sparked a partnership with Momentum Recycling, which will pick up the glass monthly.
“We know there are a lot of glass containers being recycled,” he says.
Summerhays says 120 residents have already signed up for the service, which costs $8 per month. A $45 startup fee is also assessed.
The recycling district, which serves 81,000 homes in unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County, formed in 2013 when trash services were severed from county government. Since then, Summerhays says the district has endeavored to instill broader recycling programs into its quiver of services. In 2014, the district began providing a green waste disposal, and now, customers who have long been forced to horde glass containers and truck them to a recycling bin, will be able to walk it to the curb with everything else.
“The idea behind all of these is to try to help people divert from throwing stuff into the landfill and at least make it convenient to do so,” Summerhays says.