CHANGES TO FALL CLEAN UP
Due to a new stormwater mandate imposed by the State of Utah under the directive of the Federal Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the City of South Salt Lake has to make changes to the City-wide clean-up program in order to be compliant and avoid heavy fines.
Our storm drains run directly into our rivers and streams. When we have a bulky waste clean-up, many of the items piled in our streets and gutters contain pollutants. These pollutants are washed into our storm drains and into our waterways untreated. The EPA’s new Stormwater Management Protection Program rules are “intended to improve the Nation’s waterways by reducing the quantity of pollutants that stormwater picks up and carries into storm sewer systems during storm events. Common pollutants include oil and grease from roadways, pesticides from lawns, sediment from construction sites, and carelessly discarded trash, such as cigarette butts, paper wrappers, and plastic bottles. When deposited into nearby waterways through municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) discharges, these pollutants can impair the waterways, thereby discouraging recreational use of the resource, contaminating drinking water supplies, and interfering with the habitat for fish, other aquatic organisms, and wildlife.”
In an effort to comply with the newly mandated federal EPA rules to keep our water ways clean, the City will be moving to a once-a-year, fall clean-up. Beginning this fall, 2012, we will implement a roll-off dumpster program conducted by ACE Disposal. There will be NO curb side cleanup this fall.
- Dumpsters will be provided throughout the city to collect debris. Residents will receive a flyer notifying them of when and how long dumpsters will be in their neighborhoods.
- Fall cleanup will run from mid-October to mid-November. Exact dates will be provided on the flyer.
- Those who are putting cleanup piles on the street now will need to remove the piles or be issued a citation
ACE Disposal will be placing dumpsters (the dumpsters are 22ft long, 6ft tall, and 8ft wide) in designated areas around the City (areas still yet to be determined) from the middle of October through the middle of November 2012. Dumpsters will be in one location for 1 ½ days and then moved to another area throughout the neighborhood. All properties eligible for clean-up services will be notified as in years past, with a schedule either attached to their garbage can, front gate or door a couple of weeks prior to the area’s scheduled dumpster drop.
Fall Clean-up is for qualifying South Salt Lake residential properties only. Businesses and properties with more than two residential dwelling units are excluded. Hauling trash in from outside South Salt Lake City boundaries is prohibited by City ordinance. Should you see illegal dumping, immediately contact the South Salt Lake Police Department at 801-840-4000. If you can get a license plate number without approaching the vehicle, please do so.
Fall Clean-up schedules will be hand delivered to your residence.
- Large furniture: beds, couches, chairs, tables, etc.
- Yard Waste (Cut tree limbs to a max length of 8 feet; those larger than 24” diameter are not acceptable)
- Rocks, gravel, dirt, sod, bricks, concrete
- 55 gallon drums
- Toxic/hazardous waste
- Wet household garbage
- Commercial, industrial and business materials
- Major construction or demolition debris
We understand that this is a change to our regular fall clean-up, but we also trust that our residents are just as concerned about keeping our streams and rivers clean as we are and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we implement this new program. We continue to be committed to keeping our City clean, safe and beautiful. The steps we are taking now will enable future generations reap the benefits of non-polluted waterways, open green space, and healthy breathing air.
South Salt Lake is pleased to report that our drinking water meets or exceeds all federal and state requirements! You can view our 2011 Water Quality Report by clicking HERE.