Waste Disposal & Recycling
Residential Garbage Collection and Recycling Services
Beginning December 1, 2008, residents are encouraged, but not required, to begin recycling items from the approved list. Currently city residents receive weekly curbside solid waste (garbage) collection, and are required to use a City provided automated container. Please place containers to be collected at the curb no earlier than 7:00 p.m. the night before collection, but before 6:30 a.m. the day of collection. Containers should be removed from the curb by 7:00 p.m. the day of collection.
Recycling containers will be picked up every other week on your regular garbage pick-up day.
Determine your area's garbage and recycling pick-up day. (Note whether your area falls within the BLUE or YELLOW zone based on the key on the right of the map).
2013 South Salt Lake Recycling Schedule (BLUE and YELLOW pick up days).
Tips for Using the Automated Garbage Collection System
Please leave at least three feet of clearance between your garbage container and any other object, such as other cans, mailboxes, poles, and vehicles. Place the container with the arrow on the lid pointing towards the street and no more than two feet from the curb.
Large items, such as mattresses, furniture, boxes and appliances, that will not fit in the garbage container can be disposed of at the Salt Lake County Transfer Station free of charge, located at 3300 South 502 West, Saturday’s 7:00am to 11:00am. You must obtain an entry card from City Hall before you can enter the station.
Fall Leaf Bag Program
The City of South Salt Lake offers its residents the opportunity to participate in an annual leaf bag collection program. Each fall season, five (5) leaf bags are supplied to residents at no cost. Bags can be picked-up at the Public Works building located at 195 W Oakland Ave (2475 South), South Salt Lake, Utah 84115 beginning in October. Residents must show a valid ID with a South Salt Lake address in order to obtain city provided leaf bags. The leaf bags will be picked-up curb side through the end of November and taken to the landfill for use in their composting program.
- City provided bags as well as other small to large plastic garbage bags may be used to collect your leaves.
- Bags shall not exceed 40 pounds and must contain leaves only. Heavier bags will not be collected.
- The City will not collect any bag(s) that contain household waste, green waste, branches, limbs, rocks, animal waste, dirt, sod or other restricted bulky waste. If a bag contains any unacceptable materials, crews will place a notice on your bag(s) and leave them for you to remove.
- Place your bag(s) curbside. Bags should not be placed in the street, gutter, ditches, or any drainage way. This would obstruct the flow of storm water runoff when it rains.
- Leaves shall not be raked into the street. Leaves raked into the street will not be picked up by the City and homeowners/renters will be subject to fines for placing debris in the roadways.
- Residents are encouraged to clear leaves and other debris from the tops of catch basins abutting their property during the fall leaf collection period to help prevent localized flooding conditions during the fall and winter months.
The City also encourages South Salt Lake residents to compost leaves. Composting is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to dispose of your leaves. You can also create mulch out of leaves. This mulch will create an organic rich soil that will improve the soil quality of your gardens! Please CLICK HERE to learn more about home composting.
The success of the City’s leaf bag collection program depends on the cooperation of our residents. Without your contributions, the City would not be able to provide an efficient and cost effective leaf collection program. This is an opportunity for us all to keep South Salt Lake clean, safe, and beautiful.
Christmas Tree Pick-up Program
During the month of January Public Works employees will be picking up Christmas at curb side at no cost. The trees are used by the landfill in their composting program.
Bulk Waste Trailer Rental (Dumpsters)
Bulk waste trailers are available to South Salt Lake residents only on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made in person at the Finance Department in City Hall, 220 East Morris Avenue (2430 South) 2nd floor. Residents must pay a non-refundable $25.00 usage fee when making reservations and sign a Debris Trailer Rental Agreement. To view or download the agreement, CLICK HERE. Call (801) 483-6000 for availability dates, or stop by to make a reservation.
Residents may use bulk waste trailers to dispose of yard refuse and debris, including tree limbs, leaves, shrubbery, and grass trimmings, as well as items such as used carpet, large or small appliances, auto parts, etc. with the exclusion of the following:
The following items are not allowed:
- no stumps or logs greater than twenty four inches in diameter
- toxic or hazardous waste
- rechargeable batteries
- asbestos containing materials
- motor oil
- transmission fluid
- propane tanks
- steel storage drums
- fluorescent light tubes
- other chemicals, etc.
Hazardous Waste Materials
will notaccept hazardous materials in the normal collection routes. Materials such as latex or oil based paints, fuel oils, motor oils, etc. are unacceptable materials for disposal. If you require disposal of these types of materials, There is a household Hazardous Waste Facility now located at the Salt Lake County Landfill on 6030 West 1300 South. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Call 313-6697 for more information.
Neighborhood Clean-up (Fall)
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. Click HERE for more information.
Salt Lake Valley Transfer Station
The Salt Lake Valley Transfer Station is located at 502 West 3300 South. A permit and picture identification showing current South Salt Lake residency will be required for entry, and are issued at the Business License office, 1st floor north side, at City Hall (220 East Morris Ave, South Salt Lake, Utah 84115) (801) 483-6063. Commercial property owners and businesses are excluded. No hazardous waste will be accepted. Open Saturdays 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.