Recycling FAQ2022-04-12T20:12:54+00:00

RECYCLING RESOURCES & FAQ

Recycling Resources

Resources to find hard to recycle items2021-04-27T16:35:38+00:00
Where can I recycle glass?2021-04-27T16:36:37+00:00

Most cities have drop off locations that collect glass bottles for recycling.

Can paper go in my curbside bin?2021-04-27T16:37:17+00:00

Check with your city guidelines. As an alternative, paper may be taken to paper mins located in public school parking lots. This paper gets recycled locally into insulation and helps raise money for the school.

– Newspaper
– Office paper
– Cereal Boxes
– Magazines
– Junk Mail
– Brown Paper Bags
– Cardboard

How has recycling changed?2021-04-27T22:23:10+00:00

Curbside recycling is facing a contamination crisis. Contamination is caused when people place materials in the recycling bin that do not belong. Recycling processors have a difficult time sorting out the trash, which makes its way into the sorted/baled material that is sold to market. For a long time, China was the largest buyer of this material from the U.S. And because of increasing contamination levels, China made the decision to stop importing this material. This left the U.S. with an overabundance of recyclable commodities (re: baled material) with a lot of trash mixed in.

To address the contamination issue and ensure curbside recycling is sustainable:
1) Only put Items excepted by your city into your curbside bins.
2) Place items in loose—do not bag recyclables
3) Only put clean, dry and emptied recyclables in the bin.
4) All other waste goes in your garbage can.—when in doubt, throw it out!

Electronic Recycling2021-04-21T19:01:22+00:00

Best Buy
Metech Recycling
Recycle Solutions
Salt Lake Valley Landfill
Trans-Jordan Landfill – Temporarily Suspended

Recycling Organizations2021-04-21T18:57:26+00:00

Utah Recycle Alliance-
Recycling Coalition of Utah-
Clever Octopus-
Recycling Partnership-

If something has the recycling symbol on it, does that mean it can go in my bin?2021-04-27T16:39:50+00:00

No. The “chasing arrows” symbol is simply a communication tool used by manufacturers. Sometimes it means a manufacturer used recycled material in the product. Other times it shares information about how the product is made. For instance, the chasing arrows symbol with a number indicates the plastic resin code—meaning the base type of plastic being used. But plastics are made in different ways, and use various additives, which give them their shape, flexibility, strength, etc. So, not all plastics with a particular number (ex: #1 PET) are the same.
Follow the Big 3 guidelines only when deciding whether something should be placed in your curbside bin. You can use the chasing arrows symbol as a guide when buying materials, as you look for items that include recycled content in the product.

Why are some materials allowed in the recycling bin, while others go to a drop-off location?2021-04-27T16:39:16+00:00
In Salt Lake County, we use a process called “single-stream” recycling, where residents can put all their approved recyclables into one bin. These materials are collected and taken to a materials recovery facility (MRF) where they are sorted, baled, and sold to manufacturers, who turn them into new products. The sorting process is mostly automated, using various screens, magnets, and optical sorters to identify materials. MRFs are built to only sort certain items, so any additional materials are contaminants.
For some materials, like newsprint, plastics bags and Styrofoam, these materials can be recycled, but must be separated and taken to an approved drop-off location. Do not place these materials in your recycling bin, as the MRF cannot separate them and they may be contaminants, which are discarded as trash.
Why did the guidelines change for curbside recycling?2021-09-24T21:49:46+00:00

Curbside recycling is facing a contamination crisis. Contamination is caused when people place materials in the recycling bin that do not belong. Recycling processors have a difficult time sorting out the trash, which makes its way into the sorted/baled material that is sold to market. For a long time, China was the largest buyer of this material from the U.S. And because of increasing contamination levels, China made the decision to stop importing this material. This left the U.S. with an overabundance of recyclable commodities (re: baled material) with a lot of trash mixed in.

To address the contamination issue and ensure curbside recycling is sustainable:
1) Only put items accepted by your city into your curbside bins.
2) Place items in loose-do not bag recyclables.
3) Only put clean, dry and emptied recyclables in the bin.
4) All other waste goes in your garbage can. -when in doubt, throw it out!

I am having issues with my garbage pick up, who do I contact?2020-10-16T15:06:43+00:00

Trans-Jordan does not manage any garbage or recycling pickup.  Residential garbage pick up is managed by your city.

Do you accept Electronic Waste?2020-10-16T15:07:05+00:00

ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING IS SUSPENDED AS OF 5/19/2020

DUE TO COMPLICATIONS WITH COVID-19.  ALL ELECTRONICS WILL BE TAKEN AS TRASH AND CHARGED REGULAR RATES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Do you accept Paint, Oils, Chemicals?2020-10-16T15:05:23+00:00

We accept Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is anything in or around your home that is poisonous, flammable, corrosive, or toxic.

Examples include: 

  • Fuels
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Yard care chemicals
  • Many cleaning supplies
  • Batteries
  • Automotive fluids and products
  • Aerosols
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (LED and incandescent light bulbs are regular trash)

Items not accepted:
Radioactive Materials Explosives (such as ammunition or fireworks)
Contact your local police department to dispose of such items

It is dangerous to dispose of these items in your garbage can or down sewers, and it is illegal to abandon them or pour them in gutters, storm drains, or waterways . Storing or disposing of these items improperly poisons our land, air, and water and may result in both civil and criminal penalties.

If you have questions about HHW, or to make an appointment* for business waste drop off, call 801-971-1976

*Appointments for Very Small Quantity Generators (under 220 pounds per month) may drop off by appointment only.  Appointments are available on Tuesdays.

Do you accept Lawn Mowers or Snow Blowers?2022-01-08T22:00:30+00:00

Yes, we accept these items if all fluids (gas and oil) are removed before coming to our facility

Do You accept Dirt, Concrete, or other Construction Material?2022-05-21T00:17:23+00:00

We do accept these materials, however, they are costly to dispose of at Trans-Jordan as they are charged by weight at our normal gate rate. Look for alternative disposal locations (Construction and Demolition Landfills) on the internet.

Do you accept tires?2020-10-16T15:03:07+00:00

We accept residential tires at an additional fee. There is a limit of 4 tires per customer per day.

Do You accept Mattresses and Box Springs?2022-05-21T00:17:43+00:00

Yes, we accept mattresses and box springs.  The first 3 units (mattress or box spring) is included in your base fee, additional units will cost $15.00 a piece.

What Type Of Material / Waste is Not Accepted?2020-10-16T14:30:12+00:00

Trans-Jordan DOES NOT accept the following items:

  • Asbestos
  • Dead Animals
  • Liquid Loads
  • Septic Loads
  • Unopened drums
    (All drums must have the top completely removed and contents removed for possible acceptance)
  • Any item, or part of an item, that has been registered. Examples: Vehicles, Trailers, Camp Trailers, Motorcycles, ATVs, Boats, etc.
    These items must be taken to a Licensed Dismantler for disposal.  You can find a list of dismantlers at mvp.tax.utah.gov/_/#1 under the “Dealer
    business directory search” link and then choose to look for Dismantlers.
Why does my load for disposal need to be tarped? What if I only have dirt, concrete, or items that won’t fly away?2022-05-20T22:23:20+00:00

In order to maintain our Conditional Use Permit from South Jordan City we are required to enforce ALL loads coming to the landfill are tarped and secured. The State of Utah also has a similar requirement. These requirements / laws are put into place to ensure that flying debris do not cause safety issues on our roadways as well as keep the cities clean from unwanted garbage that can leave uncovered loads.

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Recycling Information

Why did the guidelines change for curbside recycling?2021-09-24T21:49:46+00:00

Curbside recycling is facing a contamination crisis. Contamination is caused when people place materials in the recycling bin that do not belong. Recycling processors have a difficult time sorting out the trash, which makes its way into the sorted/baled material that is sold to market. For a long time, China was the largest buyer of this material from the U.S. And because of increasing contamination levels, China made the decision to stop importing this material. This left the U.S. with an overabundance of recyclable commodities (re: baled material) with a lot of trash mixed in.

To address the contamination issue and ensure curbside recycling is sustainable:
1) Only put items accepted by your city into your curbside bins.
2) Place items in loose-do not bag recyclables.
3) Only put clean, dry and emptied recyclables in the bin.
4) All other waste goes in your garbage can. -when in doubt, throw it out!

Why are some materials allowed in the recycling bin, while others go to a drop-off location?2021-04-27T16:39:16+00:00
In Salt Lake County, we use a process called “single-stream” recycling, where residents can put all their approved recyclables into one bin. These materials are collected and taken to a materials recovery facility (MRF) where they are sorted, baled, and sold to manufacturers, who turn them into new products. The sorting process is mostly automated, using various screens, magnets, and optical sorters to identify materials. MRFs are built to only sort certain items, so any additional materials are contaminants.
For some materials, like newsprint, plastics bags and Styrofoam, these materials can be recycled, but must be separated and taken to an approved drop-off location. Do not place these materials in your recycling bin, as the MRF cannot separate them and they may be contaminants, which are discarded as trash.
If something has the recycling symbol on it, does that mean it can go in my bin?2021-04-27T16:39:50+00:00

No. The “chasing arrows” symbol is simply a communication tool used by manufacturers. Sometimes it means a manufacturer used recycled material in the product. Other times it shares information about how the product is made. For instance, the chasing arrows symbol with a number indicates the plastic resin code—meaning the base type of plastic being used. But plastics are made in different ways, and use various additives, which give them their shape, flexibility, strength, etc. So, not all plastics with a particular number (ex: #1 PET) are the same.
Follow the Big 3 guidelines only when deciding whether something should be placed in your curbside bin. You can use the chasing arrows symbol as a guide when buying materials, as you look for items that include recycled content in the product.

Trans-Jordan currently recycles the following material:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Plastics with “necks”
  • Fully recyclable loads will be taken free of charge for residents.

    Trans-Jordan does have a recycling drop off area for residential customers.

    To learn more about what recyclables can be dropped off at the landfill click here

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