FAQ

Curbside Recycling FAQ

What is the cost?

The cost to participate in this program is listed in our current fee schedule. CLICK HERE TO VIEW 

How often will recyclables be picked up?

Recyclables will be picked up every other week. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CURRENT PICK-UP CALENDAR. 

Which day of the week will recyclables be picked up?

Recyclables will be picked up on Tuesday mornings by 7 a.m. If a national holiday occurs on Monday of the week of pick-up, recycling pick-up will occur on Wednesday. 

What can I recycle? What is not allowed?

Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, newspaper, and plain cardboard are among the items that can be recycled. Glass, Styrofoam, and food-contaminated items cannot. For a complete list of which materials are acceptable and how to prepare them for recycling, please click here.

 


Do all recyclables go into the same cart? Do I need to separate the recyclables?

You do not need to separate acceptable recyclables. Everything can go into the recycling cart together.

Is the recycling program mandatory?

No, it is not. Current Santaquin homeowners have the option to Opt-Out of curbside recycling during an annual opt-out period in March of each year. Watch our city website for notifications of the specific opt-out dates. New homeowners will have the option to participate at the time of utility set-up.

 


Why did Santaquin City begin a Recycling Program?

The Benefits of a Recycling Program Are:

  • Protects the Environment
  • Energy Savings
  • Reduces Landfill Solid Waste
  • Reduces Solid Waste Tipping Fees

What has Republic Services Accomplished in Utah?

Republic Services has accomplished the following:

  • Currently provide curbside recycling services to over 65,000 homes in 16 different cities and 2 counties
  • Cities are saving approximately $350,000 in combined disposal costs per year
  • For every ton of paper recycled, 60,000 gallons of water are saved
  • We use 70% less energy using recycled products in manufacturing than with raw materials
  • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for up to 3 hours

What is the Environmental Impact of Recycling?

For every ton of paper recycled, 60,000 gallons of water are saved. We use 70% less energy using recycled products in manufacturing than with raw materials. Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for up to 3 hours.


What did our neighboring cities save in 2013 by recycling?

Our neighbors saved the following:

  • Spanish Fork:
    • 2,270 recycling homes.
    • 594.54 tons or 1,089,080 pounds of recyclables in 2013.
    • $18,728.01 in savings for the city.
  • Elk Ridge:
    • 371 recycling homes
    • 73 tons or 146,000 pounds of recyclables in 2013
    • $2,299.50 in savings for the city
  • Lindon:
    • 827 recycling homes
    • 196.72 tons or 393,440 pounds of recyclables in 2013
    • $6,196.68 in savings for the city

So when is the next time I can “Opt-Out” and…What do I have to do?


Each year in the month of March is our Opt-Out period. Watch the city website for specific dates that applications will be accepted. 

  • In order to “Opt-Out”, during the month of March, a resident will need to:
    1. Complete an “Opt-Out” form and submit that form and associated fee. Turn-in your recycling can by scheduling a pickup of that can with our front office staff.(Opting Out will not be allowed without turning in your recycling container)


 

So why can’t I “Opt-Out” anytime I want?

Costs and Participation Levels:

Costs: There is a significant cost in the ordering and delivering of recycling containers. Orders had to be placed well in advance to ensure we had an accurate number of cans orders, assembled and delivered. Allowing for opt-outs at this time would not cover upfront costs and would create a storage issue for unused recycling containers.

Participation Levels: The cost per can per month is based on an anticipated participation rate. If the number of participants fluctuates, the costs to the remaining participants also fluctuates and is updated annually.

This especially holds true since Santaquin City cannot buffer fluctuations since we are not charging an administrative processing fee and we are only requiring those who are “using this service” to “pay for this service.” (No subsidizing from other city funds)


who is making money on this program?

Please refer to the following information:

Costs:

  • The cost to the participants is provided in our Fee Schedule.
  • The costs to the city is the amount charged to the participant.
  • The city is not charging any surcharges or administration fees. This is a direct flow-through cost. The city is not getting a per-can “kick-back”.
  • Reduced amount of solid waste deposited into landfills.
  • At the end of each year of service, based on the market for recycled goods and the amounts collected, Santaquin City may receive a small repayment or be assessed a fee for the sale/processing of recycled materials.

Financial Benefits:

  • Reduced amount of solid waste deposited into landfills.
  • At the end of each year of service, based on the market for recycled goods and the amounts collected, Santaquin City may receive a small repayment or be assessed a fee for the sale/processing of recycled materials.

What happens if I don’t pay?

The non-payment of services would result in the assessment of late fees, penalties, the potential shut-off of utility services as well as associated collection costs.

 


What happens if I willfully put garbage into my recycling container?

Solid waste can contaminate an entire truck load of recycled materials which can result in the need to dispose of the full load into the landfill at a cost of per/ton plus the transportation costs, etc. Willful contamination is also a prosecutable offence for which restitution would be sought.

Can I use only a recycling can and not have a garbage container?

No. Garbage services are mandatory for the preservation of the health and safety of our community. 
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