The simple truth of trash talk is that we Americans generate a lot of garbage. We represent only five percent of the world’s population yet we generate 30 percent of the total amount of the world’s garbage. So what can we do with all of the trash we produce?
I’ve put together a helpful list that will hopefully answer your questions about where you can recycle glass, large items, batteries, household waste, yard waste, etc. If you notice anything missing from this list, please let me know by leaving a comment.
How do I dispose of Large Items?
- SUVSWD compost station, 1625 S. Industrial Parkway
- Kiwanis Park, 820 N. 1100 East
- Fort Utah Park, 200 N. Geneva Rd.
- Western Metals, 1776 S. Colorado Ave
For things that can’t be recycled, every spring and autumn (April & September) the city provides free dumpsters to help residents get rid of any clutter in their homes. Provo residents can dispose of trash, yard waste, and metals free of charge using these city dumpsters. Dumpster locations are always announced each year in the the March and August Newsletter and on my blog.
Do you have a special project at your house that you need a dumpster for? Provo City Sanitation offers rental dumpsters at a great price. If you have extra garbage or need a special pickup of large items but don’t really need a dumpster, this can be arranged for at a reasonable charge.
For all your solid waste disposal needs simply dial 3-1-1 or (801) 852-6000 if you are out of the area, or visit Customer Service online.
How do I recycle Glass?
Covey Center Parking Lot
You asked for it and now you have it. I’m pleased to announce that Provo residents finally have a glass recycling option. Residents can now drop off their glass to be recycled in the southwest corner of the Covey Center parking lot on 500 N and 100 W.
Thank you to our Public Works Department for making this happen and to the Covey Center for accommodating the drop-off location.
Target has recycling kiosks in their stores providing and easy way for residents to recycle glass, cans, plastic bottles, plastic bags, MP3 players, ink cartridges and cell phones right in their local store. The goal of their program is to extend their company recycling efforts, and so far, the program has kept thousands of tons of recycled materials out of landfills.
How do i dispose of electronics?
Metal Man Service
Reg McDaniel owner of Metal Man Services will pick up (at no cost) your appliances, swamp coolers, batteries, bikes, BBQs and a very long list of anything metal. 801-687-8787.
Technology is the fastest growing waste stream on the planet and Best Buy offers one of the most comprehensive appliance and electronics recycling programs in the United States. Best Buy accepts most electronics and large appliances, with a few exceptions, and will take them at no charge. Check out their page and select your state for specific recycling program details that apply to you.
Target also has recycling kiosks in their for MP3 players, ink cartridges and cellphones.
Take computers, monitors, TVs, and other electronic waste to Simply Mac’s Annual E-Waste Recycling Event. (Traditionally it has been in April or May at the Provo Towne Centre Mall.) Follow their blog for recycling event updates.
How do I dispose of Household waste?
Hazardous Waste Collection Day
The Utah County Health Department hosts a free Household Hazardous Waste Collection day every year (usually in April) at the Provo Towne Center west parking lot. Dispose of burned out fluorescent light bulbs, old lawn fertilizer, pesticides, gasoline, paints, and similar waste. Check out this list to see what you can bring and what you can not bring. For more details, please call: 801-851-7525 or visit www.utahcountyhealth.org/hhw
Habitat for Humanity
You can drop off usable paint, building supplies, metal and operating appliances at Habitat for Humanity. For more information call 801-344-8527 or visit www.habitatuc.org.
South Utah Valley Solid Waste District
Provo residents can dispose of batteries, tires, old electronics, tvs, etc. at the South Utah Valley Solid Waste District transfer station (2450 west 400 south, Springville, Utah 84663) at a discounted rate. See their full list of rates and disposable items on their Fee Page. All loads must be covered or a $4.00 fee will be applied per unit. (tarp, tie downs)
Things you can take to the transfer station: household garbage furniture, yard waste (grass clippings etc.), household hazardous waste (paint, fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs, etc), concrete and other construction debris, tires (have a extra charge), electronics (TV’s, refrigerators, etc./have an extra charge).
If you have any questions about an item you want to dispose of and is not listed on their site call 801-489-3027 ext. 0.
Refrigerator or Freezer Pickup
Old refrigerators and freezers can use two or three times as much energy as a new one. If you have an old, functioning refrigerator or freezer that you can do without, call Provo City and we’ll pick it up and recycle it in an environmentally-friendly way. We’ll also pay you $30 for the privilege! You can’t beat that.
Recycle Motor Oil
Changing your own motor oil can save you money and time, but in the end, you’re left with the big problem of what to do with the used oil and filter once the job’s complete. Auto parts stores like O’Reilly Auto Parts and AutoZone makes it easy to do your part to protect the environment.
Just bring in your used oil and filter to Provo’s O’Reilly Auto Parts on 197 N 500 W or Provo’s AutoZone on 333 S 600 E or on 1475 N State St and they will recycle them for you free of charge!
How do I dispose of Medication?
Provo Police Department
There are several types of formal collection options but the Provo’s permanent collection site is at the Provo Police Department (48 South 300 West, Provo, UT 84601). The Police Department is open 24 hours/day, every day of the year. Call 801-852-6279 for questions or more information.
In addition, special take-back medication collection events are also held across the state, which are often referred to as “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet” or “Household Hazardous Waste Collection.” You can safely dispose of your medications at Provo’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection day held in April at the Provo Towne Center west parking lot. Local law enforcement and prevention specialists are present at these events to help answer questions and concerns.
For more information about safe disposal and drop off locations visit, http://www.useonlyasdirected.org
HOW DO I GET RID OF LEAVES?
Leaves in gutters can clog storm drains and cause flooding problems. As a result, the city has a crew that cleans the leaves out of gutters. Our staff doesn’t have the capacity to remove all the leaves from all the gutters so we ask for help from our residents not to put leaves in the gutters.
Each year the City offers free bags and leaf bag pick up during the the month of November. However, since many homes in the city have trees that will not drop all of their leaves until there is a snow fall, we typically continue to pick them up through December or until the snow becomes too deep to see the bags.
Leaf bags are normally available during the six weeks of the fall clean up at the Public Works office and at the City Center Customer Service desk.