Not only does recycling save the environment It saves you money!
Bluffdale City saved about $8,000 by diverting recyclables out of the landfill waste stream AND we saved almost $3,000 by diverting green waste out of the landfill stream.
Waste Management has a goal of 50% diversion to recycling. In 2016 Bluffdale City averaged 13.7% diversion.
When it comes to recycling, Utah is behind the game, coming in as one of the worst recycling states in the nation.
Accept the Recycle Challenge!
If Bluffdale City was able to increase our diversion of waste to recycling up to 35% we would save a total of $22,000.
How Can You Help?
Consider a second recycle can instead of a second garbage can. A second recycle can is only $3.00/month
Keep green waste (yard waste) out of the garbage. A green waste can is only $7.00/month. Pick up begins on March 3, 2017. You only pay for the service from March-November.
Recycle Often. Recycle Right.
Recycle empty plastic bottles, cans and paper. Keep things dry. Don’t put garbage bags or plastic bags in the recycle can.
Send In Your Success Stories and Get a Prize
Make a recycle goal and share your photos and stories with us about what you are doing to increase your recycling and diverting green waste. We will post your photos and stories on our website and put you in a drawing for some prizes. Email them to email@example.com and we will put them on this page! This model garbage truck is just one of the many prizes!
Residents Who Took the Challenge
The Strong Family After reading last month's newsletter, the Strong family was inspired to ramp up their effort to recycle even more. We have been doing the regular recycling for years. We also take our plastic bags to Walmart or Peterson's, we have a small box in the garage for glass that we occasionally take to Herriman, and we love the new yard waste option.
We are fairly conscious of what we send to the landfill but after discussing what more we could to we have made some changes in our home.
First, we added a second recycle bin to our waste containers. Second, we have added recycle garbage cans in our bedrooms. We found that it was just too far to walk to our recycle waste basket from the bedrooms and that was a deterrent for us so we added containers closer to where we sometimes use paper.
Third, we are being more vigilant about the paper we were inadvertently throwing away--a receipt here an envelope there and not putting it exactly where it belongs--IN THE RECYCLE BIN!
And lastly, we are trying to talk about it with our neighbors and encourage them to recycle too. Together we can increase our recycling, save the city money, and reduce the amount of waste going into our landfill.