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Free and low-cost recycling options for Layton residents

Article Published 10/15/2014

Layton City is not directly involved in recycling programs for residents, but there is a free recycling drop-off center available at the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District’s Landfill, located in northeast Layton.

This recycling center is open Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1997 East 3500 North, Layton.

Access involves a right-hand turn just before the fee gate to the landfill.

The facility accepts mixed paper, newspaper, numbers 1 and 2 plastic, number 2 colored plastic, aluminum,steel food cans, cardboard, and glass. 

Residents can pre-sort items, or come prepared to sort their recyclables to help keep this facility free of charge.

For more details on this free recycling center, call 801-614-5600, or go to:

-In addition, Mountain West Recycling offers private curbside recycling for a regular fee to Layton residents.

This service includes collections twice a month for $10, plus a $20 start-up fee. Fees for businesses or large recyclers may be more than that.

For more information on this fee service, call 1-800-208-3389,or 801-627-3056, or go to:

Why doesn’t Layton City directly offer recycling options?

Past City Councils have found that recycling is a costly service and does not pay for itself. The cost for Layton has been estimated to be about $1,000,000 per year.

Plus, the only way to make a traditional recycling operation financially viable is to force everyone in the City to participate and pay for it. The Layton City Council has not wanted to do that because it would force people to pay for something only a limited number would use.

-It should be noted though that all the cities in Davis County (except Bountiful) and all cities in Morgan presently participate in a huge recycling program that is similar to traditional recycling – “thermal recycling.

Garbage collected from homes is burned at the incineration facility operated by Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District.

That process produces steam and electricity (garbage recycled to energy). The steam is used to heat buildings on Hill Air Force Base, and the District uses the electricity for its buildings with any excess sold to Rocky Mountain Power.