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Provo City Public Works would like to focus on

"Recycling Right"

by following the R's of Sustainability:


Each can (garbage, recycling, green waste) serves a different purpose and incorrect and/or contaminated materials in yard waste and recycling can end up costing the city more money. 

Remember - when in doubt, throw it out!


The TOP TEN IN THE BIN below will help determine what should and shouldn't be recycled in your city recycling cans.

If you have additional questions about recycling please call Customer Service at 311 or (801) 852-6000.  


Place in Recycling Bin

  1. Cardboard
    Prepare cardboard for recycling by removing all other materials in the box such as plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts and other packing materials. Break down cardboard boxes to save storage space. Try to keep cardboard dry and free from food waste.
  2. Mixed Paper
    Recyclable paper includes magazines/catalogs, telephone books, printer, notebooks and newspaper.
  3. Food Boxes
    Cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes. Be sure to remove the liner and all food from the box, flatten the box and place flattened box.
  4. Mail
    Paper items such as junk mail, miscellanies flyers, post cards, direct mail, brochures, pamphlets and booklets can be placed in recycling bins.
  5. Aluminum Cans
    Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them
    uncrushed. Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.
  6. Steel/Tin Cans
    Prepare steel cans for recycling by rinsing them with water to remove any food residue. To save space, remove both ends of the steel can and crush flat. Labels on the steel cans do not have to be removed since they are burned off during the melting process.
  7. Drinking Bottles
    First insure they are either Plastic 1 or 2. Prepare plastic containers for recycling by removing plastic tops from the plastic containers being recycled and rinse containers with water. Crushing containers will help save space while storing them.
    #1 (PETE): soda-pop bottles, cooking-oil bottles and peanut-butter jars
    #2 (HDPF): milk, water and juice bottles, bleach and detergent bottles, margarine tubs
  8. Milk Jugs
    See #7
  9. Plastic Containers
    See #7
  10. Paper Bags /Paper Packaging
    Paper grocery bags and paper packing material often found as replacement for bubble pack in shipping boxes.

Do Not Place in Recycling Bin

  1. Plastic Bags
    Plastic and grocery bags are recyclable but may not be placed in the recycling bin. They are damaging to the recycling machinery and are a major factor in increased recycling costs. Grocery bags can be taken to grocery stores that participate in plastic bag collections.
  2. Trash Bags
    Bagging of recycle material in a trash bag results in higher costs for material handlers having to open bags and costs associated with damage to machinery. Material should be placed in containers free of bags. Material placed in trash bags will most likely be placed directly in the garbage by recycling companies, due to the inability to see what is inside the bag and to avoid opening bags of pure garbage
    on the sorting belt.
  3. Glass Containers
    Glass contamination of recycling material can affect surrounding material by imbedding itself in other materials resulting in other material being thrown out at the sorting center. Glass can be recycled by taking these items to the Glass Recycling bin located at 500 W and 100 S in the Covey/City Center
    Parking lot.
    **Please do not place bags or boxes in the Glass Recycling bin**
  4. Electronics
    Electronics must not be placed in the recycling bin. Small appliances may be placed in the trash bin. TV’s and large electronic items can be recycled during the Spring and Fall clean up at locations through out the city or taken directly to SUVSWD transfer station throughout the year.
  5. Textiles
    Donate to local charities.
  6. Wax Coated Boxes
    Place in the garbage can.
  7. Non-recyclable Items
    • Tissue
    • Carbon Paper
    • Diapers
    • Styrofoam
    • Wet Material
    • Paper, Milk & Juice boxes
  8. Plastics 3-7
    These items currently do not have a market and should be placed in the trash bin. These items can be identified by their identification codes which are often found on the bottom of the plastic container encircled by three chasing arrows.
    • #3 (PVC): window cleaner bottles, cooking-oil containers and detergent powder containers
    • #4 (LDPE): food packaging, shrink-wrap, carryout bags and heavy-duty bags
    • #5 (PP): butter and margarine tubs, yogurt containers, screw-on caps and drinking straws
    • #6 (PS)*: Compact disk cases, aspirin bottles, clean plates, cutlery
      *Note - Polystyrene foam including foam cups, plates, and packing materials are non-recyclable.
    • #7 (Other): squeezable syrup and condiment bottles and some microwave food trays


Adding a recycling container is less expensive than adding an additional garbage container.

Black Container: Garbage
Blue Container: Recycling - TOP TEN IN THE BIN (Cardboard * Mixed Paper * Food Boxes * Mail * Aluminum Cans * Steel Cans * Drinking Bottles * Milk Jugs * Plastic Containers * Paper Bags & Paper Packaging)
Green Container: Yard Waste

ContainerS  Monthly   Yearly
 1 Black $19.25 $231.00
 2 Black $38.50
 1 Black + 1 Blue $24.95 $299.40
 1 Black + 1 Green $23.25 March – Nov
$19.25 Dec – Feb
 1 Black +  1 Blue 1 Green
$30.95 March – Nov
$24.95 Dec – Feb  
Green yard waste can YARD WASTE RECYCLING  Yard waste recycling is a great way to keep heavy grass clippings, weeds, and yard trimmings out of the landfill and saves the city from having to pay more in tipping fees at the transfer station. Learn more about the benefits of yard waste recycling.

Yard waste recycling is considered a recycling option when it comes to recycling rates in your utility bill. It only costs $6.00/month for a green can March - November, and you don't get charged at all for the green can during the winter months of December - February, plus you get to keep the discounted price for the black cans through the winter. What a deal!

Participating in yard waste recycling is just three touches away on your phone by simply dialing 311 from anywhere in Provo, or by going to this online link. If you need to call from outside of Provo, our Customer Service number is 801-852-6000.

If you need to drop off large loads of yard waste or buy compost, the compost station is located at 1625 S Industrial Pkwy, here in Provo. The compost yard is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. March - November. (Special hours offered during Spring and Fall Cleanups.)

Is your space limited for storing extra garbage containers? Do you live in a townhome or apartment that doesn’t have Provo City solid waste collection service? Or if that pesky, but necessary, budget really doesn’t allow you to have more than just basic service, there are other options you can take advantage of if you still want to recycle.

Read the mayor's blog on how to get rid of stuff for more information on recycling and disposal of unusual items such as large items, glass, electronics, usable paint, medication, etc.

There is free recycling for the TOP TEN IN THE BIN at:
  • Kiwanis Park – 820 N 1100 E
  • Compost Station – 1625 S Industrial Pkwy
*Update* Due to continued illegal dumping at Fort Utah Park, the recycling bins at that location have been removed.


Glass recycling There is a dumpster for free glass recycling in the southwest corner of the Covey Center parking lot at 100 South 500 West. There are dividers for clear, green and brown glass. Please rinse the containers before bringing them to the dumpster.

wheels for wishesWHEELS FOR WISHES - RECYCLE FOR CHARITYWheels for Wishes is a nonprofit car donation program that picks up donated cars and recycles or auctions them, with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Utah to help grant wishes of local kids.

Click here for more information.