Who knew that a single head of lettuce can take up to 25-years to decompose in a landfill! Momentum Recycling who picks up our paper waste in Salt Lake County wants to educate us that food waste gives off gases when it decomposes, like methane that’s 23 times stronger than the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Food waste in landfills also emit ammonia which really does a number on increasing our crappy winter inversion air. So far we haven’t had any home pick-up service to get food waste. Recycling minded individuals in Salt Lake County can dispose of their food scraps by taking them to HelloBulk! at 1185 S. 300 W. (a local drygoods and refill store), The Front Climbing Club at 1470 S. 400 W. and Wasatch Resource Recovery at 1370 W. Center Street in North Salt Lake. This latter company has Utah’s first anaerobic digester that can process organic and food waste to turn it into sustainable natural gas and fertilizer. For under $20 a month you can get a bucket delivered to your home with another bucket inside of it with a roll of compostable bags. Collect your food waste and then place it on the curb in the larger bucket every week and voila! The waste will be turned into good gas. Certainly you can also throw scraps into your garden, but if you’re not one who possesses the passion given to those born with a green thumb, sign up with Momentum or get it to one of the collection sites.
Salt Lake City suspends brown curbside yard waste cans from being emptied from January 22 to March 3, 2024 to save fuel costs and reduce emissions in the valley, with the exception of dead Christmas trees. Do you have a holiday tree that needs to be composed? They ask that you cut up your tree and place it out in your brown bin, and especially don’t over-pack the bin so nothing shakes out. Make sure that you remove all ornaments, lights and tinsel before you load up your bin. If you live along the Wasatch front other than Salt Lake City, your tree will be picked up the day after your regularly scheduled collection day in January from Jan 4-31st. Do NOT put the tree in your waste cans or recycle cans. Flocked trees are NO BUENO for recycling of any kind. If the tree is over 8 ft. gall, cut it in half and leave it by the curb, and if snow covers it up, uncover it? Murray, Draper, SOJO, and Cashe Valley have drop off sites for dead trees. Provo will pick up trees on the curb and St. George has drop offs at the Reuse Center on Brigham Road. Here’s a great site for drop off rules around the state: pickyourownchristmastree.org/UtahTreeRecyclingDisposal. Freshly cut Christmas trees last between 4-5 weeks if properly watered.