Kaysville officials see next steps of recycling program
KAYSVILLE — What started as a cereal box in a Kaysville home, may some day be paper towels made in India. What is now a can of Mountain Dew in Mayor Steve Hiatt’s hand, may in two months be another can of Mountain Dew in Mayor Steve Hiatt’s hand. Cardboard will become more cardboard, junk mail will become phone books, paper will become insulation.
All that is thanks to the new recycling program instituted just this year by the city of Kaysville.
Many cities throughout Davis County have adapted recycling programs over the past few years, and Hiatt and members of the Kaysville staff visited Rocky Mountain Recycling in Salt Lake City this month to see what happens to the city’s recyclable refuse.
“There’s not a better program out there,” said Larry Gibbons, business development manager at Rocky Mountain Recycling. “You recycle it seven or eight, nine or 10 times,” he said, then, in the case of Kaysville city, it’s tossed out and sent to the burn plant where it generates energy. Recycling first is valuable because, he said, “if it’s burned, it’s gone.”
Of cities like Centerville, that have adapted a green waste recycling program as well, he added, “That’s the meanest, leanest, greenest program around.”
Gibbons said Kaysville city staff had done a good job educating their citizens about what can and cannot be recycled. Yes to plastic milk jugs and their lids, no to wire hangers and greasy pizza boxes. About 11 percent of the recyclables that have come in so far from the city are unusable, a rate that he said is good when starting a new program.
Contamination, such as a glass bottle, which would be crushed by the garbage trucks’ 5,000 pounds per square inch crusher, will make the other recyclable materials unusable.
While touring the center, Gibbons walked the group through an area where employees pull plastics from paper, another where metals are drawn up by magnets, and another where a machine can sense and sort the type of plastic by the light it reflects.
“These machines are so amazing, they help push the recycling to make it more practical now than ever,” he said, by allowing citizens to place everything in one bin rather than having multiple bins.
Gibbons said their location, at 3300 S. and 900 W., cuts down on transportation costs for the agencies that use them.
Other savings come to the city, in that they now have to pay less in landfill costs.
“Where we can keep it out of a landfill, it makes a huge difference,” said Gibbons. He said they will soon be providing more detailed information to the city on the environmental impact of their recycling, including numbers of trees saved and the amount of product diverted from the landfill.