ROY -- Beginning in August, residents will be able to recycle from their curbs in a new opt-out recycling program.
The city has been working with Waste Management, the city's contractor for solid waste pickup, to offer the best deal to residents, said City Manager Chris Davis.
"They came to us with an enticing program," he said.
The city has wanted to have a curbside program for all residents for several years now, but was waiting for the right timing and cost.
About 1,100 homes already participate in voluntary curbside recycling, but now the recycling bins will be delivered to all residents this July, unless residents opt out, and recycling will be collected on the same day as the trash.
The city is asking residents to reduce the impact on the Weber County landfill. Recycling will also reduce waste costs for the city and in turn for residents, Davis said.
The cost of the program depends on residents. The more residents who participate, the lower the cost.
If participation in the recycling program is 75 precent or greater, the charge to the city per househould will be $4.55 for solid waste and $3.18 for recycling. If participation in the recycling program is 50 percent but less than 75 percent, the charge will be $4.65 for solid waste and $3.35 for recycling. If participation in the recycling program is 25 percent but less than 50 percent, the charge will be $4.75 for solid waste and $4.35 for recycling. The charge is a per month charge.
Tipping fees will also drop, because there will be less tipping for solid waste. The city will also get a break on its parks, because Waste Management will provide the solid waste containers and pickup for all the Roy parks without charge to the city. This will also be a savings for residents.
Waste Management will start delivering the cans to residents' homes in July, and pickup will begin in August.
Residents who want to opt out must contact the city by June 30, by calling 801-774-1000 or by mailing in the form that's on the city's website, www.royutah.org.
Mail opt-out notices to 5051 W. 1900 South, Roy, UT 84067. Residents will have the opportunity to opt out of the program each June.
Mayor Joe Ritchie said:
"Residents should consider this program carefully."