Garbage & Recycling
Recycling glass helps save energy and limits waste.
It is important to keep in mind that even small amounts of un-recyclable material can contaminate entire loads of glass set for reuse.
Please take a moment to see what types of glass can and CANNOT be recycled.
Good Types of Glass (Recyclable)
Clear (Flint) Glass
About 61% of glass containers produced in the United States are clear. Clear glass is made of a combination of silica (sand), soda ash, and limestone.
Brown (Amber) Glass
About 31% of glass containers produced are brown in color. To produce brown glass, the manufacturer adds nickel, sulfur, and carbon to molten glass. The “brown” cannot be taken out, so recycled brown bottles are used to make new brown bottles.
Green (Emerald) Glass
Only about 7% of glass containers produced are green in color. To make green glass, the manufacturer adds iron, chromium or copper to molten glass. Just like with brown bottles, the green cannot be removed and so green bottles are recycled to make new green bottles.
How is Glass Recycled?
If you’re interested in seeing how glass is recycled, please watch this video.
What Not to Recycle
Not all glass can be recycled. The following items should not be placed in the recycling bin
- Any glass contaminated with stones, dirt, or food waste
- Ceramics, such as dishware, ovenware, and decorative items
- Heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex
- Mixed colors of broken glass
- Mirror or window glass
- Metal or plastic caps and lids
- Light bulbs
- Cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) found in some televisions and computer monitors
Where to Recycle
The City of Orem has provided a glass recycling bin for all recyclers to use at Orem Public Works (1450 W 550 N). The bin is located in north-east corner of the Public Works employee parking lot. DO NOT take your recycling into the Public Works building as you will be directed to the glass bin in the parking lot.
The map below shows the location of the glass recycling bin in relation to the Public Works Building.
The Glass Recycling Bin is in the Northeast Corner of the Public Works Parking Lot
550 N 1450 W Orem, UT
Delayed Garbage Pickup Days
During a holiday week when service days fall on a holiday or the day after, collection may be delayed by one day. Normal scheduled service will resume the following week.
The 2017 Holidays that will cause a one-day delay are:
- Memorial Day – May 29th
- Independence Day – July 4th
- Labor Day – September 4th
- Thanksgiving Day – November 23rd
- Christmas Day – December 25th
Full 2017 Recycling Schedule
If you feel that you were skipped on garbage pick-up day, please call 801-229-7275.
Waste Management Customer Service Contact Info
Hours: M-F 8am – 5pm
Benefits of Green Waste & Recycling
The City offers curbside green waste collection beginning March 1 through November 30 each year. The cost is $5.50/month during the nine months it is collected. Pickup is weekly on the same day as the regular garbage collection day.
If you have questions, or want to sign up, call us at (801) 229-7275. To have a can repaired or replaced, call (801) 852-0060
If you are not participating in the curbside program or if you have more green waste than your can will hold, you may take it to the North Pointe Transfer Station at 2000 West 200 South Lindon (far west end of Orem’s 2000 North).
The City of Orem will provide residents with a regular landfill pass for regular garbage loads in the spring and fall. This pass will be included in your utility bill. This is a pass for a single load, no exceptions will be made.
You can reach the North Pointe Transfer Station at (801) 225-8170.
IMPORTANCE OF RECYCLING
The first thing they teach students in an Economics class is that resources are scarce. Recycling is an excellent way to conserve and re-use those scarce resources. Recycling is important to the environment and saves the City money in landfill fees. It conserves natural resources and preserves a legacy of resources for future generations. In many areas, recycling is mandatory; Orem City has chosen to keep it voluntary. However, as Mayor Washburn has challenged, “we need to lead out in Orem, set the precedent, and make recycling and conserving resources a part of life.” Orem City has an automated recycling program that residents can participate in.
PARTICIPATION IS SIMPLE
“We need to lead out in Orem, set the precedent, and make recycling and conserving resources a part of life.”
– Mayor Washburn
Orem residents pay a small fee of $3.50/month for curbside recycling service. The recycling bin looks like the regular trash bin, except that it is blue. Participation is extremely simple; residents can put all their recyclables (all paper products, plastics and all metals-tin, aluminum etc.) inside the bin without separating them and wheel the bin out to the curb every other week. A schedule of pick up days will be delivered with the bin. To set up service, call our Utility Billing department at (801) 229-7275.
If a resident is now using 2 trash bins, they are paying $10.50/month for the first trash bin and $9.50/month for the second bin. A recycling bin costs only $3.50/month. Those who use a recyling bin often find the recycling bin is full while their trash bin is only half full. You can save $6.00/month while, the City will benefit from reduced landfill costs. The automated curbside recycling program is an every-other-week service. Waste Management will provide participants with a calendar highlighting their service days.
Residents can sign-up for recycling and/or green waste service by calling Orem City Utility Billing at (801) 229-7275.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
56 N. State Street, Room 114
Orem, Utah 84057
What can be Recycled?
RECYCLING IN OREM
Most auto parts stores will accept old batteries at no charge.
Oil & Anti-freeze
The City of Orem, as well as most auto parts stores, will take your old motor oil and antifreeze. The key is to keep the various fluids separate. The City’s collection site is at our Public Works facility at 1450 W 550 N. Hours: M – F, 8am – 4pm. For more info, call (801) 229-7500.
It’s always a good idea to purchase only the quantity that you need and then to use it up. For more information on disposal or recycling, try www.earth911.org
Subscribe to the curbside program for $5.50/month or residents of Orem can take green waste directly to the North Pointe Transfer Station at 2000 West 200 South Lindon (far west end of Orem’s 2000 North). Show proof that you live in Orem and there will be no charge for dropping off your green waste.
Many products and materials can be taken to the North Pointe Transfer Station in household quantities. For more information, call (801) 225-8538.
Below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable items for recycling. If you have any questions about the list or about items not mentioned, contact Waste Management’s Customer Service Department at 785-3000. To order more than 1 recycle bin please call (801) 229‑7275.
Please rinse out all containers before recycling
Brochures & Pamphlets
File Folders & Card Stock
Magazines & Catalogs
Telephone & Paperback Books
*Empty all bottles and containers of content
Aluminum Foil & Pie Plates (soiled)
Tarps & Garden Hoses
Reuse (Deseret Industries or Salvation Army)
Bedding or Bath Items (blankets, pillows or towels)
Visit www.thinkgreen.com to recycle the following:
For More Information please contact Waste Management at 888-4WM-UTAH
Taking Waste to the Dump Yourself
When you have more garbage or green waste than will fit in your can, you may take that trash to the landfill on your own. The North Pointe Landfill is located at 2000 W 200 S, in Lindon. They are open 7:00 am to 6:00 pm M-F and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday. Orem is a ‘participating’ city so as you can see on the attached fee schedule, you will receive a reduced rate on your load. Please be sure to take proof that you are an Orem resident in the form of an ID with your Orem address or your Orem City Utility bill. There is no charge for loads containing only green waste as long as your load is covered and you provide proof of Orem residency.
Click here to download the North Pointe Landfill Fee Schedule.
Christmas Tree Drop Off
CITY OF OREM
CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP PROGRAM
Starting Monday, December 28, 2016 and running through January 21, 2017, the Department of Public Works will have dumpsters and/or drop off locations for citizens to dispose of their Christmas tree. This is the City’s Annual Christmas Tree Drop-Off Program. You must transport your tree(s) to a designated collection site listed below. Designated dumpsters or drop sites are located at each of these locations. Please remove all tree decorations and place your tree in the dumpster or at the designated drop off site as indicated by the posted signs.
Flocked trees and household rubbish are not accepted and must be disposed of at the North Utah County Transfer Station located at 2000 West 200 South, Lindon.
This is for Christmas Trees Only
Please do not leave your tree at an unmarked location or leave it on your city street. Schools, churches, or other private dumpsters are not approved Drop-Off locations. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Sharon Park, 500 North 275 East
Foothill Park, 1010 North 1200 East
Scera Pool, 600 South State Street
Hillcrest Park, 1400 South 700 East
Cherry Hill Park, 1800 South 220 East
Westmore Park, 1050 South Main
Springwater Park, 945 South Artesian Road
Lakeside Park, 400 South Vineyard Way
Bonneville Park, 1500 N 800 W
Cascade Park, 200 N 925 E
City Park, 200 E 100 N
Community Park, 580 W 350 S
Northridge Park, 1750 N 165 E
Scera Park, 550 S 400 E
Windsor Park, 120 W 1250 N
Nielsen’s Grove, 375 W 2000 S
IHC Soccer Field, 600 W 400 N