SLCgreen - Glass Recycling

Curbside Glass Recycling

Curbside Glass Recycling Has Arrived in Salt Lake City! Sign up with you water bill account number.

Tired of lugging glass to the drop-off sites? Salt Lake City has partnered with Momentum Recycling to pick up glass right from your curb.

Curbside glass collection began in the initial service area on November 1, 2012. Collection service will begin in May 2013 for the remaining neighborhoods in Salt Lake City.

Subscribers will be notified of their collection day upon receipt of their glass recycling bin. You can also look up your monthly curbside glass collection day. Service questions should be directed to (801) 355-0334.

Program Basics

  • Service is optional

  • Momentum recycling will provide a 35-gallon bin just for glass

  • All colors of glass bottles and jars are accepted (no color separation required)

  • Once per month collection, with reminders sent via email, text or phone

  • $6 monthly fee, conveniently added to your water bill

Collection Days

Find your monthly curbside glass collection day.

Bin Placement

  • Wheel container to the curb by 7:00 AM on your assigned collection day.
  • Place bin at least three (3) feet away from vehicles or other objects to prevent property damage.
  • Do not overfill the bin, the lid must close. Overfilled bins may cause spillage in the roadway.
  • Do not place items on the side of the bin, they will not be removed. Only items inside the bin will be collected.

Register for the Program

Residents can sign up online with your water bill account number, or call (801) 535-6999.

 

Drop-Off Recycling

Salt Lake City Drop Off Sites (for residents only):

Salt Lake City has 20 drop-off sites for glass for residents who do not wish to subscribe for curbside service.

Download the list of drop-off locations (PDF).

Keep in mind that these sites are heavily used (especially on the weekends). The drop-off sites are intended for use by residents only.

 

Salt Lake County Drop Off Sites (for residents only):

  • Salt Lake Valley Landfill, 6030 West California Ave (1400 S)

  • Salt Lake Valley Transfer Station, 3300 South 502 West

 

General "Rules" for Glass Recycling - Drop Off and Curbside

  • Glass bottles and jars ONLY. Broken bottles and jars are okay.

  • Empty container, remove lids and corks.

  • Do not place items on the side of the bin.

Unacceptable Items

Do NOT place the following items in any glass recycling bin (curbside or drop-off)

  • Ceramics
  • Windshields
  • Pyrex
  • Light bulbs
  • Windows
  • Fish tanks
  • Mirrors
  • Dishes, plates, glasses
  • Bags, boxes, 6-pack cartons

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to the glass after it has been picked up?

Glass will be recycled locally at Momentum Recycling’s processing facility in Salt Lake City. Visit Momentum Recycling’s website for details about the destination for the glass cullet.

Why can’t we put glass in our blue curbside bin with all of the other recyclables?

When glass is collected in a curbside bin, it breaks, and gets mixed with the paper and other recyclables in your bin.

End markets for paper, especially, prefer that glass not be mixed in with the paper they are buying.

Collecting glass separately results in MORE glass actually getting recycled.  Curbside programs that collect glass typically recycle less than half the glass that is collected in the bin, due to the glass being broken down into pieces too small to recover. Over 95% of the glass collected for recycling in Salt Lake City ends up getting recycled.

Are the glass drop-off sites still going to be available?

Yes, the glass drop-off sites will still be available.

How can I recycle glass from my business?

Momentum Recycling also provides a variety of recycling collection services for businesses throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Contact them by calling (801) 355-0334 or visiting www.momentumrecycling.com.

 

Additional Information

For more information about how glass is recycled in Salt Lake City, please contact Momentum Recycling at (801) 355-0334 or visit www.momentumrecycling.com.