Are there places that I can drop off recyclable material for free?
Yes, currently there are two locations in Provo that have large blue bins for residents to drop off their recyclable material for free. These locations are at:
- Compost Station, 1625 South Industrial Parkway (blue recycling included)
- Kiwanis Park, 820 N 1100 E
Can I securely dispose of important documents?
Shred anything with confidential information. Rather than dumping loose shredded paper, tie it up in a clear bag and place in into a blue recycling can. It will be easily identified at the processing facility and put in the paper bin for recycling with similar materials.
Do I need to sort and organize all my recyclables?
No. All accepted recyclable materials can be thrown in its respective can without sorting them.
How big are the garbage containers I get from the city?
The black, blue and green containers are roughly the same size, about 95 gallons. The blue containers are provided and serviced by Republic Services so they may look a little different.
How can I make sure my cans are picked up?
Make sure your cans are out on the side of the street by 6:00AM on your scheduled collection day. There should be 10 feet above and 3 feet around the cans to allow clearance for the grabber arm. Failure to do so could cause damage to your property. Please have them away from parked cars and make sure the lids are closed and never overfill your cans.
How do I sign up for garbage, recycling or yard waste recycling with Provo City?
If you are new to Provo, residential garbage collection is included with your basic city services. At the time you sign up for service, you will be given the option to participate in recycling. Simply tell the Customer Service rep what services you want. If you opt out of recycling at that time, you can always sign up later by calling Customer Service at 311 or (801) 852-6000 and let them know what service you want to add. However many cans you need, whether it be green, blue or additional black containers, just let us know and we will be happy to assist you.
How much does garbage collection and recycling cost?
I have a special project. Can I rent a dumpster from the city?
Yes, Provo City rents out 20-cubic-yard roll-off dumpsters for different projects. Please call 311 or (801) 852-6000 for details and availability. The city does have special events for different waste types, so watch for announcements throughout the year.
What can I recycle?
Provo City offers both green and blue recycling cans for city residents to recycle products. The blue cans are used for all plastics #1-7, paper products (newspaper, junk mail, books, magazines, etc) cardboard, milk/juice cartons, metal food and drink cans (without food residue). These are serviced by Provo City on the same day as regular garbage pickup.
The green cans are used for leaves, grass clippings, weeds, tree trimmings/twigs that will fit, egg shells, fruits & veggies, and other non-fatty food waste. If you would like to bag your green waste, please use paper bags, as plastic bags are not accepted in green cans.
What can't I put in green yard waste cans?
You can’t put garbage or recyclable blue can waste in green yard waste cans. Rocks, concrete, sod, big stumps, plastic bags, or chemically treated wood products are also not accepted. A fine may occur if garbage is found in the green cans. If all your green waste can’t fit, you can bring it to the city’s compost station for a charge of $5 per load for Provo residents. Only Provo residents can drop off loads from their yards - no landscape contractors. Remember – the lid should be able to close. No tall loads that extend beyond the top or sides of the can.
What can't I put in the blue recycling cans?
You can’t put yard waste or regular garbage in the blue cans. Other unacceptable materials include styrofoam, glass, aluminum foil and anything with food scraps. Plastic grocery bags can be taken back to grocery stores and put in their bag recycling bins. They are not accepted in the blue cans. A fine may occur if garbage is found in blue cans.
What do I do with wastes that you don't accept?
South Utah Valley Solid Waste District has a fantastic list at suvswd.org that says where to take special waste that either the city doesn’t accept or may be illegal to put in landfills. Rates vary by location. The city also has special collection days throughout the year for specific wastes (Christmas trees in January, leaf bags in the fall, and a county-wide household & e-waste day in the spring). Please watch announcements for the special events.
What if I have more garbage than what my can will hold?
Additional cans may be requested by calling Customer Service at 311 or (801) 852-6000. It is less expensive to add two recycling cans (green & blue) than it is to have two black cans. Much of what you throw away can be recycled. If you have a need for additional black cans, though, Provo is more than happy to supply them to you. Remember…with the exception of Christmas trees and leaf bags, everything Provo City picks up must be inside the automated garbage cans.
What is the compost station?
The compost station, located at 1625 S Industrial Parkway, in south Provo is where all the green waste from the city is taken so it doesn’t fill up landfill space. This yard waste is then ground up and processed into compost. After the composting process is complete, it is then sold to the public ($3 per yard for Provo residents, $6 per yard for non-residents). It can be applied to soils to add valuable organic matter, while improving its texture and appearance.
For purchase information, call Provo City Customer Service at 3-1-1 or (801) 852-6000.
Provo residents can take secured loads of green waste to drop off at the compost station for a charge of $5. Provo residents only - no businesses and/or landscapers.
When is my garbage and recycling picked up?
Look at this city map and enter your home address to find which day garbage is collected at your home. Black and blue cans are picked up every week, while green cans are picked up every week March - November. Green cans are serviced from March – November when yard waste is accumulated. Make sure cans are out by 6:00AM on pickup day to avoid being missed. Please remove cans from city streets within 24 hours after cans have been emptied.
Why does Provo City provide recycling service?
Provo does its part to be environmentally responsible, and recycling is a great way to do that. Using the specialty colored cans for yard waste and recyclables puts less waste in our landfills. This will substantially increase the lifetime of our landfills and it creates new products at a fraction of the cost of using only raw materials. Living environmentally conscious has never been so easy.
Why isn't there a recycling program for apartments?
Check out this link from the mayor’s office: provomayor.com/2011/06/08. The trucks that Provo City uses for curbside container collection are only able to pick up the 95 gallon cans along city streets. We are unable to pick up the large containers used by many businesses and apartment buildings. These establishments will usually contract out their garbage service with a private company that has the proper equipment and trucks.