Recycle Utah accepts all major recyclables as well as many hard-to-recycle items. All items must be sorted before being dropped off at the center.
Acrylic CD Cases
Drop just outside the office door. Please remove paper and CDs first.
We have a white super sack just for aluminum cans located between the glass bins and the mixed metal bin, on the east side of the parking lot. Please do not put steel cans, glass, or any other material into this sack. It is for aluminum cans only. Our aluminum is baled on sight and recycled with a local metal recycler.
Hint 1: If you can crush the can with one hand, it’s aluminum. If it’s too stiff to crush with one hand, it’s steel and goes in the mixed metal bin.
Hint 2: Crushed cans take up less space, which means it’s more economical for us. Please crush your cans before recycling!
Flags are respectfully retired by the local Boy Scout troops. Drop off inside the office.
We accept ANY kind of battery. Alkaline, nine volt, rechargeable, and car batteries. Drop-off bins are outside our office, separated by alkaline, rechargeable, and large batteries. Save time at the center by sorting your batteries at home.
Batteries are either recycled with Battery Solutions or Interstate Batteries. Most batteries are recycled and turned into new materials.
Bike Tires and Inner Tubes – Summer Only
Only accepted during the summer months. Collection bin next to the plastics tent.
Tubes and tires are sent to the Holcim cement plant in Croyden, UT and used in a waste to energy process.
We collect clean, usable bras to send to The Bra Recyclers. They are distributed to women in need. Our collection box is behind the counter in our front office.
Cables, Chargers and Electrical Wires
We accept any kind of cable, cord, or charger. Please place these in a green bin in front of the electronics bin. We sell used cables, cords or chargers for $1 each. We also take Christmas lights in this bin.
We accept corrugated cardboard, paperboard, cardboard egg cartons, and brown paper bags. Please remove all paper, plastic, Styrofoam, and other materials that are not cardboard. Tape is ok.
Cardboard is baled onsite as well as compacted. If the compacting machine next to the office is blocked off, please do not throw materials in it. Use the blue carts provided. For oversized boxes and large loads of cardboard, please see an employee for instructions.
Moving Boxes: We sell moving boxes in good condition for re-use. Let us know if you have usable moving boxes and we’ll show you where they go.
Disks are collected in a bin just outside the office door. Please remove them from any casing and recycle accordingly.
Please note: VHS tapes are not recyclable unless completely dismantled.
Cell Phones, iPads, Kindles, ipods and Other Small Screened Electronics
Collected in a bin just outside the door. These are de-constructed to reclaim recyclable materials and disposes of hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, and mercury. Please remove them from any cover or case. All data is properly removed by an electronics recycler.
CFL Light Bulbs and LED Light Bulbs
CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs and LED (Light-emitting diode) are taken to the household hazardous waste facility at the Summit County landfill. Both of these types of bulbs have small amounts of mercury in them and should never be thrown away. Look for a cardboard box inside the office labeled CFLs.
All light bulbs other than CFL and LED’s are landfill items. Throw them away at home. Due to the mixture of glass and metal, they are not recyclable.
E-waste is recycled with a Utah-based, E-Steward certified company that removes data, dismantles electronics to recover recyclable materials and dispose of hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium.
We accept many electronics for recycling, including TVs, computers, monitors, laptops, printers, scanners, phones, microwaves and stereo and video equipment. Fee’s apply to most electronics ($5-$25). We pay to have electronics recycled by size so items are priced accordingly. Collection bins are located inside our Warehouse.
All data will be removed. A certificate of destruction is available upon request. We do not resell any electronics with data. You are welcome to destruct your hard drive in any way before bringing it to recycle – destruction
Eye glasses are collected for the Hope Alliance in a small wooden box just inside the office door.
Fluorescent Light Tubes
Fluorescent light tubes are collected inside the office and are taken to the household hazardous waste facility at the landfill. We accept tubes up to 6 feet long.
Note: If your long fluorescent CFL bulb has green tips on the ends, it does not contain mercury and can be thrown away. Due to the mixture of glass and metal, it is not recyclable.
If you are business with over 10 silver tipped tubes to recycle, please contact Veolia Recycling as we are not able to take commercial volumes of this material.
We accept brown, green, clear, and blue glass bottles and containers. Our collection bins are sorted by brown, clear and green together. Please remove lids, caps, and corks and recycle in the buckets provided.
We DO NOT accept window panes, mirrors, ceramics, bulbs, or pyrex for recycling.
We also manage remote glass bins throughout Summit County:
- Summit Park (5053 W Kilby Road): One mixed glass bin
- Ecker Hill Park and Ride (Rasmussen Road, off I-80 and Rasmussen Road): Four mixed glass bins
- Triumph Gear (6125 Silver Creek Drive): Two mixed glass bins
- Willow Creek Park (Split Rail Lane, by the tennis courts in Ranch Place): Two mixed glass bins
All glass is recycled with Momentum Recycling in Salt Lake City.
Only accepted during the summer months. There is a barrel for fats and oils located behind the brown glass bin. Cooking oils only. No motor oil!
Used to power biodiesel vehicles.
Collected just outside the office door.
Our Mixed Metal bin is for ferrous metals such as iron, steel, and tin. Large, non-working appliances such as washers and dryers, water heaters, and microwaves may be recycled in this bin due to the large content of metal. Non-ferrous metals, such as copper and brass, are sometimes collected separately. Please see an employee.
Only accepted during the summer months. We accept standard-sized pallets to be processed into pellets for pellet-burning stoves. We do not accept pallets from businesses.
White or light-colored office paper is collected in the bin labeled “White Paper”. This paper may be shredded. White paper is recycled into more white paper.
All other paper, including newspaper, colored paper, junk mail, phone books, magazines, catalogs, hardback and soft cover books, photographs, tissue paper, wrapping paper, and brown paper bags should go in the blue metal bins labeled “Mixed Paper”. Please do not put shredded paper in this bin! Mixed paper is turned into insulation through a refined shredding process.
Helpful Hint: If it doesn’t rip, it’s not paper! Please do not to put things that are coated in plastic into the paper bins, even if they look like paper (i.e. pet food bags). Try the rip test is you’re not sure.
Only accepted during the summer months. Plastic planter pots of all colors and sizes are collected next to the plastics tent. Please remove all dirt and aim for 90% clean. They may also be dropped year-round in the #3-7 collection. No business pots accepted – this means you, landscapers!
The plastics tent is located on the south edge of the parking lot, across from the office door. At Recycle Utah, we sort our plastics into 5 categories for more effective recycling. Please sort your plastics by the following guidelines:
#1 PET Transparent Bottles: These are often single-use water or soda bottles, however there are a variety of #1 colors and shapes, but we are only looking for drink bottles here. These plastics are recycled into fibers and fabrics such as fleece and carpeting. Do not put clam shells, anything marked #1 that’s not a drink bottle, or clear fruit containers in here. They go in Mixed Plastics.
#2 HDPE Natural Foggy Plastics: This bag is for foggy, uncolored containers. The best examples are milk and juice jugs. We collect these separately because they can be recycled into more #2 containers.
Mixed Plastics: This bag is for all hard plastics with a #3 – #7. When in doubt, put it here! Styrofoam food containers labeled with a PS #6 are not collected at this facility. Despite the “recycle” symbol on them, we have not found any suitable recycling options for this material.
Soft Plastics: This bag is for all plastic bags, plastic sheeting, and soft plastics.
Caps: Under the sorting bench are two containers for caps and tops. Although most bottle caps are a #5 plastic, they are too small to be baled in our facility, so we keep them separate.
Oversized plastics such as lawn chairs and bins are stored separately. Please ask an employee where to drop them.
If you’re not sure what kind of plastic you have or where it goes, please ask!
Skis and Snowboards
Only accepted during the winter months. We run a collection for skis, snowboards, and poles. Collections start November 1 and end in the spring. Boots, helmets and bindings are not recyclable.
If you do not wish for your gear to be recycled, consider dropping it off at a thrift store or selling it at a ski swap.
Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), also known as forever chemicals, have been detected in local groundwater wells and wastewater.
Requesting local residents, visitors, waxers, and ski shops turn in fluoro ski wax to Recycle Utah.
We are accepting fluoro waxes which you’d predominantly find in Nordic and Downhill ski race waxes.
Waxes will be accepted at Recycle Utah near the office door by other hard to recycle items like batteries, light bulbs and ink cartridges through April 15 annually.
Thermometers and Thermostats
These materials contain mercury and should not be thrown out. We have a collection bucket inside the office, which is taken to the household hazardous materials collection at the Summit County landfill.