There has been a change in recycling globally. China, the world's largest buyer of recycling materials, has recently changed its policy to only accept non-contaminated materials. This has forced businesses in the recycling industry to be more strict about what they will accept.
Recycling contamination occurs when well-intentioned people mix non-recyclables in their bins, which can ultimately contaminate an entire batch of would-be recyclables. Contamination's include food waste and liquids and non-recyclable plastic, like grocery bags and zip-top bags.
Residents' recycling bins are transported to the local MRF (materials recovery facility) to be sorted. Unfortunately, due to contamination, more than 52% of these materials are then sent to the landfill instead of being recycled. Not only is this not good for the environment, it increases costs. Instead of paying $16 per ton, the City pays $50 per ton.
In order to ensure that the materials in your recycling bin are actually getting recycled, rather than ending up in the landfill, the items that you used to be able to recycle in your recycle bins are no longer accepted. The only items that you can now place in a Midvale City recycle bin are "the Big 3".
"The Big 3"
1. Corrugated Cardboard – This includes any size material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet, like shipping boxes and packing boxes. Flatten all boxes and remove packaging items such as Styrofoam, peanuts, bubble wrap, and plastic liners. Do not put paperboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes), newsprint or junk mail into the bin.
2. Plastic bottles and jugs with a neck– This includes water bottles and milk gallon containers. Rinse out any residue and put the cap back on. All other plastic material is considered trash. Ignore the numbers as they don’t indicate if something is recyclable. Do not put any other plastic items in the bin.
3. Metal food and beverage cans - This includes all food and beverage cans made from aluminum or steel. Rinse out any residue. Do not put any other type of metal in the bin.
What items are no longer accepted in your recycle bin?
Plastic or paper bags, paper, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes, wax paper, clear or Styrofoam boxes, or electronics.
Where to take items that you can't place in your recycle bin
To better serve the residents of Midvale City, there are local recycle drop off locations for glass and paper ONLY (see below). Visit Salt Lake County's website https://slco.org/recycle/hard-to-recycle-items/ to find out where to take additional items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin.
Glass drop off recycling bin
Midvale City Park‐7720 S. Chapel St. (325 West) In the SE corner of the parking lot.
Paper drop off recycling bin
Green Fiber offers paper recycling bins that are located at the following locations in Midvale:
Copperview Elementary 8449 S Monroe Street
Midvalley Elementary 217 E 7800 S
St. James Church 7486 Union Park Aven
Accepted items include:
- cereal boxes
- office paper
- junk mail
- brown paper bags
- construction paper
Please help us keep the area clean. Do not place items outside of paper bin.
Don’t bag your recycling items in a plastic bag. A plastic bag of any kind can ruin equipment at the recycling plant. Please keep all plastic bags out of the bin!
Don't overfill your recycle bin. If your bin is overfilled and the lid is open, your items may become wet from snow or rain. The load may be considered contaminated, so please ensure that your lid is securely closed.