The below article was written by Momentum Recycling “Amglassador” Ryan Goforth:
The Future of Landfills along the Wasatch Front
One of the most commonly thrown around statistics about the Salt Lake Metropolitan area is that the population is supposed to double in the next 50 years. What does this mean for the residents of the Wasatch Front? It means that more energy and natural resources will be needed to support this population, as well as more goods and services. Which means that residents of this area will consume more and inevitably produce a lot more waste. This could end up being a problem for residents all along the Front because the landfills we currently use will be at capacity in the very near future.
Let’s start with the Salt Lake Valley Landfill, which coincidentally has about 50 years left until it is full. However, this 50-year estimate does not take into consideration that the Wasatch Front population is expected to double in that same time. When that happens, residents will have a very expensive problem to fix for a couple of reasons. To start, landfills are not cheap, they cost taxpayers millions of dollars to start and run. Another reason is that in 50 years, we won’t have room to put a landfill anywhere along the Wasatch Front. This will translate into much higher costs on us to transport waste further away to a new landfill. This will raise huge problems for the future of where we take our trash perhaps sooner than 50 years from now. The Salt Lake Valley Landfill isn’t the only one along the Wasatch Front, however.
The Trans-Jordan Landfill and Wasatch Integrated Landfill are two other major places our trash goes in the Salt Lake area. These landfills are much closer to the end of their life as each one only has about 15 years left. So what happens in 15 years when these landfills can no longer accept trash? Most likely that trash will go to the Salt Lake Valley Landfill, further decreasing the amount of time it will last. It is not all doom and gloom, however; there are easy ways to increase the life of our landfills.
60% of our waste is recyclable. Utah residents need to get to that number. If we could get to 60 percent recycled waste and maybe even higher as the City invests in recycling methods, we could dramatically increase the life of our landfills. This would save Utah taxpayers vast amounts of money in the long run and would conserve important natural resources.
ABC 4 News covers Momentum Recycling’s expansion of its curbside glass recycling service to Salt Lake County residents in partnership with the Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District. View the video clip here.
The Deseret News also visited Momentum’s glass processing facility during our Open House on May 23rd. Click here to view photos.
Fox 13 News highlighted the recent downturn in the prices of recyclable commodities produced from Salt Lake County’s recycling collection services. Momentum Recycling’s own John Lair discusses the value in creating a local economy for recyclables rather than relying on the global economy to make recycling viable.
Click here to view the video coverage and read the article.
Resource Recycling’s Q&A on Momentum Recycling’s New Denver Facility
At a time when some communities are retreating on glass recycling, Momentum Recycling is doubling down on it.
The Salt Lake City-based secondary glass processor is currently building an $11 million glass cleaning and sorting plant near Denver (see photo to the left and below), enabling bottle-to-bottle recycling there. In Utah, the company already collects and processes glass for use in insulation and other products, sending no glass to landfill.
“The main thing we want people to understand in Colorado is this opportunity to have a true bottle-to-bottle recycling closed-loop system in the state is a real advance forward,” John Lair, president and CEO of Momentum Recycling, told Resource Recycling. “We want people to consider that as they’re purchasing their products.” Read More –>
The Denver Post highlighted Momentum Recycling’s new Denver facility opening in September of 2016. The facility will process glass from local MRFs (Materials Recovery Facilities) to provide clean, recycled glass (cullet) to local bottle manufacturers.
To read the article, click here.
Glass Recycling Plant Open House + Launch of the County Curbside Glass Program (Mt Olympus Cove, East Millcreek, Holladay, Murray and Cottonwood Heights)
Save the date! On May 23, 2016 from 1pm-4pm we will hold an open house and self-guided tours of our glass recycling plant (FREE EVENT – no cost!).
Mayor Ben McAdams will join us to celebrate the expansion of the county curbside glass program. We welcome current business clients, residential customers and interested community members to check out our newly installed optical sorter, to learn about the glass collection programs and equipment, and to better understand the importance of resource conservation and waste diversion.
Don’t miss the 2:00pm presentation featuring:
- County Mayor Ben McAdams
- Momentum Recycling President and CEO – John Lair
- Executive Director of Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District – Pam Roberts
Location: 658 South 4050 West, SLC, UT 84104
**Please RSVP on the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1726028414331604