By Ogden City
Residents of Ogden were recently notified about changes to the city’s recycling program pick-up times. The notice, sent out by the city’s Public Services Department, informs residents that starting on May 2nd, 2023, the city will be transitioning to a new schedule and will begin picking up recycling on a bi-weekly basis. This means that your recycling will be picked up every other week on the same day that your normal garbage is picked up. This Does Not Change Your Normal Garbage Pick-Up. Garbage will continue to be picked up every week on your normal collection day.
The notice also contained a link to the list of specific recyclables, a reminder of what materials can and cannot be recycled under the program. As a highlight, the city has been able to expand recycling to #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, and #7. Please note that #3 is excluded from the allowable list currently. OgdenCity.com/DocumentCenter/View/24165/RECYCLING-LIST
Acceptable materials include aluminum, paper, clean cardboard, plastic bottles, and steel (tin) cans. Materials that cannot be recycled include furniture, certain types of plastic, and glass.
Glass is not allowed in the blue recycle bins residents have at their homes for curbside collection—those bins are to be used for plastic, aluminum, cardboard, and paper products only. Ogden City provides residents with glass recycling options at three separate locations. Large containers marked ‘Glass Recycling’ are located at 4th Street Park, the Green Waste Site, and Ogden High School’s south parking lot. Residents can drop off all types of glass at the bins, including brown, green, and clear glass. Momentum Recycling maintains the glass recycling bins and converts post-consumer glass into high-quality raw material at their Salt Lake facility for a wide range of uses including decorative tiles, fiberglass insulation, sandblasting, filtration systems, and concrete additives. Residents are urged to rinse out glass bottles, jars, and containers and remove their labels and lids.
Residents are encouraged to follow the guidelines of acceptable materials to ensure that their recycling is properly processed. Contaminated recycling can lead to the rejection of entire loads of material, which can be costly and counterproductive to the city’s recycling efforts.
Ogden City is committed to the responsible collection and care of recyclable material. After a careful review of facility options, their capabilities, and the cost of bringing our materials there, City Administration has determined that the most economic and responsible option is to deliver our recycling waste to Integrated Waste Management in Davis County, with their new dirty MRF (Material Recovery Facility).
Based on our review, we felt confident that Integrated Waste Management would recycle our waste consistent with our goals of protecting the environment and reducing landfill. By making recycling more accessible and convenient for residents, education about certain recycled materials, and cooperation from residents, the city can continue to make progress toward a more sustainable future.