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The Future of Trash

Post Date:07/28/2017 3:39 PM

The average American produces approximately 130 pounds of trash each month and some estimate that global solid-waste will triple to 11 million tons per day by 2100. Meanwhile, it’s obvious space is disappearing for landfills in which to store this ever-increasing influx of garbage. It’s a looming problem with which all communities must wrestle. We are pleased to announce we have a solution!

Disposal

We currently use Trans Jordan Landfill for our waste collection and disposal, but have known it was nearing the end of its availability and have been looking for cost-effective alternatives. We are pleased to announce we have secured our trash future for 80+ years as part of the Trans-Jordan partnership with the Northern Utah Environmental Resource Agency (NUERA). NUERA includes all Trans-Jordan cities, as well as other cities, counties and districts who will use the Bayview Landfill as the useful life of their existing landfills ends. The benefits to our residents include:

  • Long-term solutions for our waste management
  • Partnering with additional entities creates beneficial economies of scale to keep costs low
  • As part of a future waste transfer facility at Public Works, additional services to residents will include self-haul options, recycling opportunities, green waste recycling and composting programs, education to schools and communities and operating renewable energy projects

Recycling

Did you know recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to:
- Run a TV for 2 hours?  - Power a 14-watt CFL bulb for 20 hours?  - Power a computer for 3 hours?

When you think of the difference just one person can make, imagine the positive impact if our whole community rededicated themselves to improving their recycling efforts.  Sadly, by some estimates up to ¾ of the material in U.S. landfills could have been diverted and reused. We have the power to make a difference! 

Start with three simple recycling rules:

  1. Recycle all bottles, cans and paper;
  2. Keep items clean and dry;
  3. NO plastic bags

For more tips on the Dos and Don’ts of Recycling, visit Waste Management’s “Recycle Often Recycle Right” resource at rorr.com.

Earth-Friendly Alternatives

Sandy City is always on the look-out for ways to save our residents money, eliminating trash in an environmentally-friendly way and move us toward the worthy goal of being a zero-waste city. We explored one technique that would turn trash into fuel with Navitus, and while this technology is proven and effective, it is not yet efficient for mixed-municipal waste. Knowing we needed to secure our trash future, we decided to end our discussions with Navitus and move forward with a partnership with NUERA. 

Trash is certainly an issue we will always have to solve, but we feel confident we are meeting our resident needs today and have now ensured we can meet them well into the future. 

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