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The City provides automated curbside collection of residential recyclable materials through Ace Recycling and Disposal. Monthly fees for recycling service can be found here on the City’s fee schedule. Recycle containers are provided and maintained through the City’s Sanitation Division. The recycling containers are 96 gallons and have the word “Recycle” marked on them.

After a re-evaluation of the recycling program based on resident survey results, new numbers and additional research, the following 4 types of items can be recycled.

Think 4, Recycle More: Things That Can Be Recycled

  1. Plastic bottles with necks
  2. Aluminum & Tin Cans
  3. Cardboard
  4. Mixed paper

Can’t Be Recycled (See FAQ for details)

Plastic Bags
Plastics other than bottles with necks (i.e. no prescription medicine bottles)
Food stained items (greasy pizza boxes)
Food Waste
Construction material
Green Waste (lawn clippings, leaves, branches)
Plastic sheeting or tarps
Paper towels, napkins, toilet paper
Hazardous materials
Styrofoam (including dissolving styrofoam)
PVC Pipe
Glass Bottles
Aluminum Foil
Paper Coffee Cups

The county maintains a list of items that are difficult to recycle and so we don’t accept them in our curb side bins.


Clean and dry paper, cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, and plastic bottles.

  1. Plastic bottles with necks:
    -Detergent bottles
    -Water bottles
    -Milk jugs
  2. Aluminum & Tin Cans
    -Dog food
    -Canned food
    -Soda cans
  3. Cardboard
    -Cardboard boxes
    -Cereal boxes
    -Gift boxes
  4. Mixed paper
    -Junk mail,

View the list above and the following FAQ questions for more detailed info information.

Click here to download and/or print the recycling guide.

Graphic explaining what you can and can't recycle

  1. Newspaper, including inserts (remove plastic sleeves)
  2. Cardboard (No Waxed Cardboard)
  3. Kraft (brown paper) bags
  4. Magazines, Catalogs, & Telephone Books
  5. Office & Computer paper, notebook, school, & gift wrap.(no metal clips, spirals, ring binders)
  6. Chipboard (cereal, cake & food , gift boxes, etc.)
  7. Carrier Stock (soda, beer can carrying cases)
  8. Junk Mail & Envelopes (no plastic cards, stick on labels)
  9. Paperback and Hard Cover Books
  10. Wrapping paper (no ribbon, glitter or foil)
  11. Paper towel and toilet paper cardboard cores

If you have large amounts of paper to recycle and want to ensure it gets recycled, a great way to do this is to drop off the paper at the recycling locations in the link above and Green Fiber, a local company will collect the clean paper and recycle it into insulation. *Please note, we do NOT accept shredded paper in the curbside bin, but Green Fiber does accept it if it’s contained in a box or paper bag.

Paper Recycling Drop-Off Locations

Any plastic bottle with a neck – as long as it is clean and dry – can be recycled regardless of the number or chasing arrows. Other plastics generally are not recyclable in your curbside bin.

Leave the lid on or off? Leave it on and it will get recycled. If you take it off, throw the lid away as it’s too small to get recycled.

Why not use the recycling numbers 1-7? The reason why we shy away from advertising plastic numbers is because the shape of the container is the most important. Some items have the same number, but some are recyclable and others are not. This is because, while the same type of plastic, flimsier material isn’t recyclable currently.

Why no plastic sheeting or small plastic items? The bottom line is that recycling facilities are designed with larger items in mind, such as bottles and jugs, cans, paper and cardboard. Plastic bags get tangled in the machinery and small items fall through the gaps between belts and gears at various stages of sorting. Small items can also simply blow away.

Where can I take my plastic sheeting and grocery store bags to be recycled? Most grocery stores have a drop off for recycling of their plastic bags and plastic sheeting. Check with your local grocery store before bringing your plastics in.

Can plastic pill bottles be recycled? If it has a neck, yes! Those are typically the larger white or orange pill bottles.

Plain white pill bottle

The City of South Jordan offers Glass Recycling Service for all City residents and businesses. The City has partnered with Momentum Recycling, ACE Disposal and Live Daybreak, to provide a service that will help our community, and the environment. The ability to keep glass out of the landfill is a long-term benefit and solution in trying to build a better tomorrow.

The City does not allow glass in curbside recycling because the main recycling facilities in the area aren’t equipped to handle glass. We are able to coordinate drop-off locations using a third-party recycler.

The City has provided these Glass Recycling Locations for your convenience.

Shields Lane Park – 947 West 9850 South
City Park – 1850 West 10960 South (west of tennis courts)
Daybreak Soda Row – 4634 W Daybreak Rim Way
Highland Park (Daybreak) – 11288 Kitty Hawk

Ace Disposal will collect garbage and recyclables on the same day each week, except holidays. To ensure pickup, residents should place garbage and recycling containers at curbside the night before or by 6:30 a.m. on the morning of pickup.

Click here to view the collection routes or to find your pickup day.

Collection for the following holidays will be delayed by one day and for all days remaining in that week:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

The 3 golden rules of recycling are empty, clean, and dry.

That said, a quick rinse will suffice with most containers. Make sure they are drained of any liquids and scraped free of any food left in containers. We recommend rinsing with dirty dishwater to conserve water when additional rinsing is necessary.

No, there is no need to detach the can label, just makes sure any gobs of food are cleaned out of the can and toss it in your recycling bin.

No, paper products such as paper towels, napkins, tissue paper and toilet paper are not recyclable. The paper fibers used to create these products are too small to be recycled again, and most are contaminated by food.

If the top of the box is clean of grease, cheese, sauce, or other food residue, you can tear the top off and recycle it. The bottom should be thrown in the garbage. If you’re in any doubt as to whether the top is clean enough, throw it out.

Plastic grocery bags are recyclable, but not in your curbside recycling bin. The best way to recycle grocery bags and other plastic film is to take it back to the grocery store with you and place it in the bag-recycling box provided. Many grocery stores will accept other types of ‘plastic film’ as well – including  clean and dry #2 and #4 plastic film such as dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags, bread bags, Ziploc bags, bubble wrap, and more – so check with a manager at your store today to see what they’re accepting!

*Be sure to check with landfills before heading in to drop your items off!

Disposal of Hazardous waste and e- waste is free to Salt Lake County residents at the TransJordan Landfill at 10473 South Bacchus Hwy, South Jordan, UT 84009.

Household Hazardous Waste includes antifreeze, lithium batteries, fluorescent light tubes, fuels, gasoline, oils, paint, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other chemicals.

E-Waste includes computers, TVs, audio equipment and cell phones – anything with a circuit board.

Trans Jordan Landfill Public Convenience Center

Disposal of Hazardous waste and e- waste is free to Salt Lake County residents at the TransJordan Landfill at 10473 South Bacchus Hwy, South Jordan, UT 84009.

Household Hazardous Waste includes antifreeze, lithium batteries, fluorescent light tubes, fuels, gasoline, oils, paint, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other chemicals.

Transjordan does accept tires, up to 4 per visit, at $2.00 per tire.

Other options:

Most local tire shops will accept your tires for a fee.

Liberty Tire Recycling accepts tires for recycling. They can be contacted at 801.364.7900 and are located at 1398 N Beck St., SLC, UT 84116.

The Salt Lake Valley Landfill also accepts tires for recycling, but can only accept four (4) tires per vehicle load.  As of August 28th, 2018, there is a $2/tire charge, or $3/tire with rim charge.

Recycling centers – with separate bins for cardboard, metal and plastic containers, paper, glass, and clothing donations – exist at:

  • Salt Lake Valley Landfill
    6030 W California Avenue
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    (385) 468-6370
    Open Mon-Sat from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Salt Lake Valley Transfer Station
    604 3300 S
    South Salt Lake, UT 84119
    Open Mon-Fri from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sat from 7:00 am – 11:00 am
  • TransJordan Landfill
    10473 S Bacchus Highway
    South Jordan, UT 84009
    (801) 569-8994
    Open Mon-Sat from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

You can also drop off glass at the following locations in South Jordan:

  • South Jordan City Park @ 10960 S Redwood Rd, South Jordan, UT 84095
  • Shields Lane Park @ 947 W Shields Lane, South Jordan, UT 84095
  • TransJordan Landfill @ 10473 South Bacchus Hwy, South Jordan, UT 84009
  • Highland Park (Daybreak) – 11288 Kitty Hawk

Select county libraries accept fluorescent tubes (up to four feet) and bulbs only. Check the County’s Hard To Recycle Materials webpage to learn which libraries accept them.

Ballasts, any size light tube, and bulbs can be brought to the Health Department’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW facilities at the Salt Lake Valley or  Trans-Jordan landfills.

Mattresses can be recycled through Spring Back Utah.  They are located at 1989 South 4130 West Suite C and can be reached at 801.906.8146

Mattresses can also be brought to the Salt Lake Valley Landfill at 6030 W California Avenue for recycling.  A mattress/box fee of $15/unit will be charged.

The TransJordan Landfill accepts fridges/freezers for a $20 fee. Freon must be removed in advance.

Currently the Trans-Jordan Landfill does not sell all the compost it converts from the green waste it receives. For this reason, were South Jordan to offer curbside green waste pickup, the material would probably not be recycled into compost; rather it would be dumped into the landfill.

Additionally, residents would pay a higher monthly fee for curbside service green waste pickup, as a third truck (after garbage and recycle trucks) would be required to pick up the green waste. A third truck increases the carbon footprint of curbside services and creates more wear on the road which both should be considered when making a decision.

City staff evaluates potential green waste services on a regular basis to determine if changes make both economic and environmental sense.

The City is doing audits of recycling cans to educate residents on what they’re doing right and what can improve. These audits will be done on your neighborhood’s garbage day. You can receive one of three tags:

  1. Nice Job – This tag means you are following the guidelines and doing a great job with recycling! Well done!

Nice job audit tag frontNice job audit tag back, explains what to recycle




















  1. Oops – This tag means, you mostly have recyclable items in your can, but there are a few items that don’t belong and should go in the garbage can.

Oops Audit tag front, check list for which items shouldn't go inoops tag back, explains what you can recycle




















3. Uh-oh – This tag means that not much in your recyclable can is actually recyclable. These cans will be left on the curb until the items are in the appropriate can.

uh-oh tag, has check boxes for what shouldn't go in the canUh-Oh tag back, explains what can be recycled

No, they typically have a waxy coating that makes it so they cannot be recycled. The lids and straws are also not recyclable.

Recycling is complicated—it is heavily influenced by economics, foreign recycling markets, and technology. We know our residents want to do what is right when it comes to recycling. So, we’re doing everything we can to educate you when changes happen. Really, if you try your best, you are making a difference and helping us reduce what goes to the landfill. Please take a moment to watch the below video to learn more about why what we recycle changes.



If your recyclables were not picked up, please contact
Ace Recycling and Disposal at 801-363-9995.

If your container is missing, damaged, or if you have questions, please contact
South Jordan City at 801-446-HELP.

To start or discontinue service, or to request additional cans, please call South
Jordan Utility Billing at 801-446-HELP.