What should I remember for collection of my waste?
- Please have your automated containers out to the curb by 7:00 am on your collection day (collection times vary & could change without warning).
- During winter months please do not place your container out for collection before 6:30 a.m. This may help prevent snowplows from tipping them over.
- As per city ordinance, please do not allow your waste containers to sit out on the street longer than 24 hours before and after waste pick-up services.
- Please bag all your garbage to help prevent litter. Especially bag plastic grocery sacks, packing peanuts, and shredded paper. Please do not bag recycling and GreenWaste materials unless it is shredded paper.
- On pickup day, please make sure the front of your containers face the street. Keep your containers 3 to 4 feet apart and away from other objects such as mailboxes, telephone poles, trees, and vehicles.
- Please do not overfill your container . Anything over 4 feet in length is too large for any of the containers. Please cut down large tree branches and boxes. You are responsible for any spillage from your waste container.
- Please do not overload your containers with bulky or heavy items such as bricks, construction materials, & appliances.
- Please do not put hot ashes or coals in your automated containers. If the containers melt you may be responsible for a replacement fee.
- Please do not put anything hazardous, flammable, or restricted in your automated containers such as: oil, car batteries, paint, TVs, or any product that is corrosive, flammable, ignitable or reactive. Bring these types of materials to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility for FREE. Call (435) 716-9777 for more details.
- Do not put glass in your curbside blue bin as it is not accepted in the blue cans. Glass is very dangerous to those that sort the materials. Please learn the types of materials for recycle.
- Please do not put garbage next to your container if it is full. If the materials are recyclable, the landfill has extra dumpsters to use free of charge; if not, regular landfill fees apply.
- Please learn what types of materials go in what bin.
- Please use your community GreenWaste bins or the weekly GreenWaste curbside service. This really helps decrease the amount of waste ending up in the landfill.
What services are available to commercial customers?
The Collection Division offers several options for waste disposal for commercial customers ranging from 90 gallon cans to rolloff compactors and recycling containers as well. Rates are dependent upon frequency of pick-up. Please refer to our commercial services page for more information about the rates and services.
I have heard that materials do not decompose in a landfill. Is that true?
Waste buried in a sanitary landfill does not decompose as we had once though. Items in a landfill are buried which effectively cuts them off from air and water, two ingredients necessary for decomposition. Without oxygen and moisture, waste breaks down at a very slow rate. Waste buried today may not decompose for hundreds or thousands of years!. You can see this is a picture of a newspaper that was buried in our landfill for 38 years! The date on it is March 5, 1968.
Below is a list of items and the rate they decompose with the help of environmental influences such as moisture and oxygen. Think about these materials in a landfill-mummified.
Banana peel…………...…..…2-5 weeks
Wool socks………………...….1-5 years
Milk carton……….………..…....5 years
Disposable diaper…………..10-20 years
Tin can………………….....80-100 years
Aluminum can………..….200-400 years
Glass………………….....1 million years
Hard plastic containers………..unknown
Dr. William Rathje was involved in what he calls the "Garbage Project" in which he found that waste was not decomposing! Click here for an article on Dr. Rathje submitted by the NY times.
Why did we choose a curbside recycling program?
In an effort to help preserve current landfill space, and due to the rise in fuel costs, inflation, federal storm water management requirements, and to help offset funds needed for construction of the new landfill and post landfill closure costs, the County Council has mandated a county wide curbside recycling program. The current landfill is scheduled to close in 2022, and we need to start offsetting that now.
What is the history of Cache County recycling?
In 1994 we began a network of drop-off recycle dumpster locations throughout Logan city and eventually expanded to all other communities of Cache County. A private curbside recycle company by the name of Sunrise was picking up recyclables in certain locations of Cache County. They went out of business late 2003-early 2004 in which the city launched a voluntary recycle service to select cities (Smithfield to Providence) in Cache County for $6/month. Due to request for the program the service expanded in 2005 to Nibley, Millville, Hyrum, Mendon and Wellsville. On April 25th, 2006 the Cache County council approved a resolution for implementation of a "universal" residential curbside recycle program. The program was implemented in 2 phases. Starting July 2006, the first phase of recycle cans was delivered. In 2007 the rest of the blue cans were delivered to the rest of the county.
Are we required to recycle? Will there be fees enforced for putting recyclables in our black garbage bin?
No, you are not required to recycle or even use the blue bin. The County council approved of a county wide recycling program, but that does not mean that you will be required to recycle. Please be aware that you will still be charged the same fees as those who continue to use and have the blue recycle bins. Everyone is required to help pay for the costs of recycling in the County. Remember also that using the blue bin is much cheaper than having a second black can.
I live on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay for this program. What do I do?
We are aware that there are residents that either don’t have the budget to pay for recycling or who produce relatively little recyclable material. The Solid Waste Advisory Board is in the process of setting up a procedure so that individuals can apply for a rate reduction for cases of hardship. Families may qualify on a case by case basis.
Do I have to clean and wash my recyclables?
It is important that you at least rinse out your recyclables. Some people wash with soap, but it is not necessary. Because recyclables will be used again to make another product, they need to be rinsed out so they will not infect workers that will handle the products with moldy, rotten, or smelly foods.