City Recycling Program
Early Bird Sign Up
If you would like to order a blue recycle can before one is automatically delivered, you can do one of two things:
- Call 801-804-4501 to request the service be added to your utility bill
- Come to the City Utility window at 40 S. Main Street during normal business hours.
How it Works
The collection company will come every other week to empty your recycle bin. You can check the Recycling Calendar or the City Calendar to see when recycling is next scheduled to be picked up.
Recyclable items include paper, plastic, cardboard, tin cans, magazines, etc. all of which can be placed in the same bin. For more information on acceptable and unacceptable recycling items, please click here.
For info on locations you may take recycling items to, please click here.
New Recycling Program Information
The purpose of this information is to provide interested residents with details pertaining to the new recycling program. It should assist residents to better understand the program's purpose, anticipated effects, and how and why the program came about.
Spanish Fork City belongs to a solid waste special service district along with Springville, Provo, Mapleton, Woodland Hills, and Salem. Together, the cities share the cost for garbage disposal. The price each city pays for each ton of garbage collected hinges on how much trash that city contributes, to the landfill, relative to the other cities.
In the past, other cities in the service district have increased recycling with opt-out recycling programs. These efforts have reduced their city's trash contributions and, thereby, made the cost of trash collection cheaper for their city, because they reduced the relative amount of trash contributed.
Spanish Fork's efforts to recycle have been dwarfed by those of other cities'. Our modest recycling efforts have caused the relative tons of garbage Spanish Fork contributes to increase, thus increasing the cost per ton of garbage collected from the city.
To bring down the cost of garbage disposal for everyone, we need to increase our recycling efforts to match or exceed those efforts of other cities within our special district. We will, therefore, begin an opt-out recycling program in the fall.
Changes in New Recycling Program
The new recycling program contains two major alterations: price changes and an opt-out feature. Starting July 1, the monthly price for a blue recycling can will drop from $7.44 to $3.61. The price for a black garbage can will go up from $9.93 to $10.87. This more closely reflects the actual cost of each service.
In 2009, the city began an opt-in curbside recycling program. This brought the curbside recycling level to about 25% of Spanish Fork households. The new program will be opt-out, meaning that everyone without a blue can will receive one. Those who do not want to keep the blue can are able to call the city and have it taken away.
Roll-Out Map & Tentative Dates
The new recycling program will lower the long run costs of trash collection by lowering the city's relative garbage contribution. The new program will make recycling easier by automatically sending residents a blue recycle can and by lowering the monthly cost. The cost of providing the recycling service is decreased because the costs are spread over more residents. Recycling is also an environmentally responsible activity. It saves natural resources, it saves energy, it reduces the need for landfill space, and it lowers the need to use toxic chemicals.
- Is the city getting paid by someone for these recyclables?
- Yes. The total cost of recycling is off-set by selling the recycled goods, but not enough to completely off-set the cost of collecting them. Depending on the market price, the city receives $10 to $20 per ton of recycling materials. The revenue from the sale of the recyclables does reduce the total price for the service.
- Why are we being charged to recycle?
- The money that the city receives for the recycled materials does not equal what it costs to do curbside pickup. The city is only charging what it costs. Residents can choose to opt-out and recycle on their own.
- Is the price for trash collection going up to subsidize the recycling program?
- No. The $0.94 a month increase to the black garbage can will make the total price charged for trash collection equal to the cost of providing the service. This price increase is an implemented recommendation from a citizen ad hoc committee.
- Why should I pay the same amount for garbage collection for the two not-even-full kitchen size bags I put out each week as someone whose container is full to the brim?
- Unfortunately, there is no way to split out the costs for providing trash service so everyone must pay the same amount each month, regardless of how much they throw away.
- Why did the city decide to do an opt-out program?
- Spanish Fork is actually one of the last cities to go to opt-out. Going to an opt-out program lowers the amount of garbage that goes to the landfill, it also lowers our per-resident cost if more participate.
- What if I decide I don't want my recycling can after the opt-out deadline?
- Residents will have the opportunity to opt-out of the program every December.
- I moved to a household with a recycling can. I don't want to pay for this can. What do I do?
- You can opt-in or out when setting up an account.
- Can I just use my recycling can and opt-out of the trash collecting service?
- No. Trash collection is a mandatory service required by law.
- Is the city considering offering a smaller trash can option with a smaller tipping fee?
- Not at this time.
- Does the city plan to offer a green fiber recycle can? If not, what should I do with my yard work waste?
- We are not considering curbside green waste pickup right now. Green waste can be dropped off as indicated here: http://www.suvswd.org/compost.
- If I choose to opt-out, can I still recycle?
- Yes. The solid waste district accepts recyclable material free of charge at the Transfer Station located at 2450 West 400 South in Springville. (By the new Love's Truck Stop in Springville) Some local schools also have paper recycling bins in their parking lots, where you may take some appropriate items to support your local school.
- Does Republic take non-curbside recycling into account? Will my opting out, even though I still recycle, hurt the city?
- We are only charged for what we collect. Opting out will not hurt the city, except that more residents participating in curb-side recycling equates to lower recycling rates for everyone.