WOODS CROSS -- The city is taking additional steps toward going green and saving space in the landfill.
City Manager Gary Uresk said the city council recently approved a new program for green waste collection. Residents would be given a green garbage can for their green waste, which would basically be grass clippings and similar yard waste.
Those clippings are sent to Wastach Integrated Waste Management District in Layton to be turned into compost.
The cost would be $6 a month for residents, but people have the choice to opt out. If people don't opt out, they will automatically receive the can and be billed for the associated fee each month.
"If they don't want the service, they don't have to have it," Uresk said.
But he said there are definite benefits to participating.
"It's a way to put less material in our landfill," Uresk said. "It is a positive thing because it always helps save the landfill. The less we put in there, the longer it will last."
Participating is expected to cut residential garbage by about 30 percent.
Uresk said some people who have two cans might see a benefit because the amount of waste produced would decrease, and this would likely mean the ability to discontinue the second can. A second garbage can costs $7.25 per month.
Ultimately, that would be a $1.25 savings if residents had one can and the green waste can.
The recycled green waste products also help conserve water when used in landscapes and improve performance of the energy recovery facility, according to information on the city website.
"This is beneficial to all residents in Davis County who use the landfill," Uresk said. "People just need to weigh the benefits and see if it works for them."
Woods Cross already has curbside recycling as part of its regular services. The $3.50 charge is included in the $12.50 fee residents pay for their first garbage can each month.
That program focuses on recycling items such as cardboard, plastic, paper and aluminum.
The city is sending information about the new green waste program to residents. People have until the end of February to opt out, which can be done by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.