Recycling Schedule for 2017

Services for Garbage and Recycling will be delayed 1 day after the following holidays:

Memorial Day
Labor Day

Pleasant Grove City would like to encourage residents to contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment by recycling.

Recycling Q&A

Q. When will Pleasant Grove’s recycling program begin?

A. The city has approved Republic Services as our curbside recycling service provider. Republic Services will begin the process by ordering recycling carts for all participants and delivering them to homes. This will take several weeks. Republic Services anticipates delivery of carts the last two weeks in May. Actual curbside pick-up will begin June 2, 2010.

Q. What is the cost?

A. Curbside pick-up will begin June 2, 2010. The following month, resident participants will see an additional item on their utility bills: Recycling. The amount will be $5.90 per month. This covers the costs of picking up recyclables from your home and transporting them to a recycling transfer station.

Q. How often will recyclables be picked up?

A. Curbside pick-up of recyclables will take place every other week; a total of 26 times a year.

Q. Which day of the week?

A. Pleasant Grove Recycling Routes
North Route Boundary
East Boundary to West Boundary - 1100 North and everything NOrth of 1100 North. This will also include the area of 100 East to Mt. Timpanogoas and Grove Creek Drive/Road to 1100 North.
The North Route will begin pick-up on Wednesday June 2, 2010.

South Route Boundary
Everything and anything not included in the North Route Boundary.
The South Route will begin pick-up on Wednesday June 9, 2010

Q. What can I recycle? What is not allowed?

A. Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, newspaper, and plain cardboard are among the items that can be recycled. Glass, Styrofoam, and food-contaminated items cannot. For a complete list of which materials are acceptable and how to prepare them for recycling, please click here.

Q. Do all recyclables go into the same cart? Do I need to separate plastic from paper, for instance?

A. You do not need to separate acceptable recyclables. Everything can go into the recycling cart together.

Q. Is the recycling program mandatory?

A. No, it is not. Residents may choose whether to participate in the program or not. Pleasant Grove, as Utah’s City of Trees, encourages all residents to be environmentally aware. The curbside recycling program we are adopting is an “opt-out” program.

Q. What is an “opt-out” program?

A. Pleasant Grove’s recycling program begins by assuming that residents will take part. If you do not want to participate in the recycling program you can come to city hall and personally sign an opt-out form. There is a $50.00 fee to opt out.

Q. What happens if I didn’t opt out by February 16, 2010?

A. Failing to opt out by February 16, 2010 automatically enrolls you as a participant in the recycling program.

Q. I want to participate in the curbside recycling program. What do I need to do?

A. If you would like to participate in curbside recycling, please call city hall at (801-785-5045) they will order a recycling cart to be dropped off at your residence.

Q. If I opt out or have opted out, can I reconsider at a later date and enroll in the recycling program?

A. Yes. If you change your mind later you can participate in the recycling program.

Q. If I did not opt out by February 16, 2010, can I opt out later?

A. Yes. You will have to come into city hall and sign the opt out form. There will be a $50.00 fee to opt-out.

Q. What about residents who move into the city after the opt-out period?

A. If you are a new resident to Pleasant Grove City, you will have 60 days from the day you sign up for services to opt out without paying a $50.00 fee.

Q. I live in an apartment. Can I participate in Pleasant Grove’s recycling program?

A. Apartment residents and all others who do not have individual curbside garbage pick-up will need to work through your Home Owners Association to arrange special recycling pick-up directly with Republic Services.

Q. How big are the recycling carts?

A. The recycling carts are about the same size as your current curbside waste cart. Both carts are approximately 95 gallons in volume.

Q. I have two normal garbage carts now, can I cancel one of them with this program?

A. Yes. Call city hall and arrange to have one garbage cart canceled once the recycling program begins in June.

Q. If I have too much recyclable material for my recycle cart, can I put the overflow next to my cart?

A. No. The Republic Services trucks are designed to pick up recyclables only from the recycle carts. You will need to compact the recyclables or hold the overflow until the next pick-up time. Another option is to order an additional recycle cart from the city. The extra cart will cost an additional $5.90 per month.

Q. Could I save money by choosing to have garbage pick-up every other week, like with recycling?

A. Currently this is not an option, but the city and Republic Services are continually exploring ways to make these services the most cost effective for Pleasant Grove’s citizens.

Q. Should I stop taking old newspapers to the recycling bin at my local school?

A. No. While the new curbside recycling program accepts newspaper, our local schools have been benefiting from newspaper recycling bins for years. If you have been in the habit of donating your old newspapers to benefit your local school, Pleasant Grove City encourages you to continue.

Q. What can I recycle?


  • Plastic Soft Drink Bottles (#1’s) and Milk Jugs (#2’s)
  • Recycle rinsed PLASTIC SOFT DRINK BOTTLES and PLASTIC MILK CONTAINERS. Caps and lids left on the bottles are O.K. Please rinse or, at a minimum, completely empty all containers.
  • Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Recycle all ALUMINUM CANS. Crushing cans will help to conserve space in your cart. Completely empty, and preferably rinse, to keep your cart from getting sticky and/or contaminating other items.
  • Newspapers
  • Recycle NEWSPAPERS. Stack them and place them in your Recycling cart. Inserts from your newspaper are acceptable to include as well.
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Cardboard boxes must be broken down or cut to fit inside your recycling cart. Waxed cardboard, as is commonly used for fruit, is not acceptable.
  • Magazines, Junk Mail, etc.
  • Almost every item that comes in your newspaper or mailbox can be placed in your cart.
  • Tin Cans
  • Recycle TIN CANS. Please be sure to rinse your cans. Crushing cans will help provide more space in your cart. Labels left on the cans are acceptable.
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Phone Books
  • Paperboard
  • Office Paper
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Notebook Paper
  • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
  • All Plastics #1-7 (Look for symbol on container)
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Plastic grocery bags—be sure and tie these in a knot. These bags have a tendency to create a litter nuisance with any wind.

Q. What CAN'T I recycle

Items to discard or recycle through other means.

  • Green Waste-While tree/bush trimmings and grass clippings work well in composting; they do not work well with our single-stream system. Placing these types of materials in your recycle cart not only contaminates materials in your cart but also many others, forcing all the material to end up in a landfill.
  • Glass- A recyclable item that has several drawbacks to a single-stream system. Glass tends to break during the loading and unloading processes. This broken glass provides a significant safety hazard to personnel working on the sort lines, it is problematic to the conveyors and belts used in the sorting process, and its marketability is less stable than other materials.
  • Styrofoam-All peanuts and other packing materials are items that our processing company is unable to sort and bale properly. Please remove these items from the cardboard boxes you may be recycling.
  • Food Contaminated Items-Pizza boxes, paper towels, napkins, etc. Food contaminated items, like green waste, not only contaminate your materials but others as well.
  • Other items-small appliances, wax coated cardboard, aluminum foil, clothing, household hazardous waste, paint, scrap metal, etc.


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