Salt Lake City, Utah – Recently, Salt Lake City announced many changes to its recycling system. The city is improving recycling options at community events, in addition to expanding the types of materials they can collect.

This all began back in July when Mayor Ben McAdams announced Salt Lake County’s recycling office would loan recycling bins to community events for free. Most venues in the city already have recycling bins, but these bins only accept plastic bottles.

“We know that recycling supports clean air, less waste and our pocketbooks,” McAdams said. “Salt Lake County wants to make it easy for people to recycle, and offering the bins does just that.” McAdams issued a two-year recycling challenge to residents in hopes of increasing recycling by 20 percent. He believes that offering these bins will be a key part of achieving that goal.

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According to Ashlee Yoder, Salt Lake County recycling coordinator, these bins will help track everything that is being recycled within the county. The event organizers are responsible for keeping count of the filled recycle bags. By keeping track of the bags, they can factor in the numbers and start a path to the 20 percent increase.

Aside from the recycle bins, Salt Lake City is making it feasible to recycle your old refrigerator that is probably taking up space in your garage or basement. By recycling your old refrigerator, you can help feed hungry Utah families. Rocky Mountain Power, a company that delivers electricity to customers in Utah, will pay customers $30 for their refrigerator or can donate that money to the Utah Food Bank.

“Instead of guzzling up energy in your garage, an old fridge could help feed hungry Utah families,” said Rocky Mountain Power Demand-Side Management program manager Christopher Kanoff. “Rocky Mountain Power is excited to team up with Utah Food Bank to help fend off hunger this holiday season.”

The “See ya later, refrigerator” program will pick up the refrigerator or freezer for free, and 95 percent of the parts are recycled to help protect the environment. Jim Yorgason, Utah Food Bank President and CEO believes this is a win-win situation. “You save money and energy and give back at the same time. With each donation through this program, Utah Food Bank can provide 105 meals for Utahns facing hunger statewide.”

Rocky Mountain Power lists three reasons on its website why you should get rid of your fridge or freezer:

  1. It’s “wattsmart”- By discontinuing the use of a second refrigerator, you can save up to $150 a year on your electricity bill.
  2. Protects the environment- 95 percent of the old refrigerator or freezer will be reused. This is important since old units are not biodegradable.
  3. Helps feed hungry Utahns- You can make a bigger impact when you donate your $30 incentive to the Utah Food Bank.

To be eligible for the program, the refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition and must be plugged in to verify it is working.  Units between 10 and 32 cubic feet in size qualify, and make sure your old unit is empty when it is picked up.

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From recycling bins to old refrigerators, and now to old mattresses. A company called Spring Back Utah, is hoping to change their mattress recycling business. The average mattress is composed of about 70 pounds of material. This includes fabric, foam, plywood and springs, most of which can be recycled. For example, the foam can be turned into carpet padding, the cotton into insulation, and the springs into metal. Since Spring Back Utahs’ opening back in July, they have kept 2,300 mattresses and box springs out of landfills. There is a cost of $15 to recycle your mattress, but if you have a mattress and a box spring it is only $10 a piece.

It is obvious that these Salt Lake City companies are recycling responsibly and make zero waste a priority. Budget Dumpster enjoys writing about these types of accomplishments and hopes that Salt Lake City continues to improve its recycling programs. If you live in the area, learn more about Salt Lake City dumpster rentals.