To encourage residents to recycle more, the county is putting together a flyer that will include a collection calendar; items allowed in the can; what isn't allowed; where residents can bring non-recyclable items, such as electronic waste, hazardous waste and glass; and frequently asked questions.
"County-wide we're only collecting around 300 tons," Summit County Solid Waste Administrator Cliff Blonquist said at the Oct. 24 Summit County Council work session. "That's not a lot per month. That's why we want to send this flier out and remind folks about recycling and encourage it."
Councilmember Dave Ure pointed out that part of the decreased weight can be attributed to the relatively low weight of recyclable materials versus trash.
"Recyclable materials are not very heavy. It's a lot lighter than garbage, which has liquid," Ure said.
Blonquist agreed and added that the weight has decreased since they removed glass, which was 32 percent of the weight volume.
The county has contracted with Recycle Utah, located at 1951 Woodbine Way in Park City, for residents to drop-off glass, electronic waste and hazardous waste.
"So you do have a place if you don't want glass. It just won't be on your curbside," County Manager Bob Jasper said.
Jasper said he would like to see if Recycle Utah can provide other locations for residents to drop off recycle glass, such as Summit Park, Jeremy Ranch or Kimball Junction.
"I've had folks call me and say they are from Summit Park and it's a long drive to recycle their bottles," Jasper said. "People can throw glass in the trash, but it's not being recycled."
The county is also seeing 15 to 20 percent contamination in the recycle cans, which means residents are throwing non-recyclable trash into them.
"It's a high level of contamination. I hope we get it to the point where people are more disciplined," Blonquist said.
Blonquist estimated the recycling program is saving the county about $65,000 a month, with $400,000 savings projected by the end of the year. "That's significant," he said.