In our mission to move the community towards zero waste, Momentum Recycling now offers residential food waste collection!
Wasatch Resource Recovery in North Salt Lake
Turn your food waste into energy.
Using specially designed trucks, we transport your food waste to the Wasatch Resource Recovery facility in North Salt Lake to be processed.
Biogas is captured in an anaerobic digester & purified before it is converted into renewable natural gas and fed into the municipal gas pipeline, which then will supply a sustainable energy source for approximately 15,000 households! – The remaining byproduct is a nutrient-rich, carbon-based fertilizer used by local farms .
Salt Lake County Landfill
Will it decompose in the landfill?
While food does break down in a landfill, it takes an extremely long time due to the lack of oxygen and water necessary for decomposition. (A single head of lettuce can take up to 25 years to decompose in a landfill!) When it does, it emits methane, a greenhouse gas 23% stronger than carbon dioxide. Rather than being released into the atmosphere, these gases, including carbon dioxide and ammonia, are captured, converted, and used as a renewable energy resource. However, landfills, by design, are not intended to be efficient renewable energy generation systems. Additionally, space at landfills is a precious resource – and any food waste that is diverted saves space and extends the landfill’s lifespan. Simply put, diverting food waste to an anaerobic digester is the most efficient and effective way of generating renewable energy from food waste.
What food waste is accepted?
Our scrape-the-plate service allows you to simply empty all food waste into a single bin: no messy sorting required! All types of food waste are accepted, including packaged & prepared food, fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, and fats, oils & grease. However, it’s important to note that compostable packaging and containers are not accepted, as they are designed for traditional industrial composting, not anaerobic digestion, and thus will not break down properly.
Click here to view acceptable items.
About the Service
How does it work?
♲ Curbside Bin
Choose either a 4-gallon bucket or 16-gallon cart.
♲ Weekly Collection
We collect your food waste on the same day each week.
♲ No Contract
You can cancel service at any time.
♲ Pickup Reminders
Select a reminder notification or download our app.
Includes a FREE Kitchen Starter Kit
Start collecting your food scraps at home with the FREE Kitchen Starter Kit provided to your household when you sign up. The kit includes a 2-gallon kitchen caddy and 1-roll of 30 compostable bags.
Who can participate?
This map indicates the current service areas are colored: households must be located within these boundaries to participate.
- Not in the service area? – Please submit your interest here to help expand the food waste recycling service to your neighborhood.
Select Your Service
Your bin will be delivered within 7-days for you to begin using the service.
Frequently Asked Questions
About the Service:
How do I pay for services?
Answer: When you signup, you provide your credit card payment information that will then be charged the monthly service fee each month. Since we are unable to accept any other payment method (i.e. cash, check, PayPal, etc.), only credit card payments are currently accepted. You can view the date of your next recurring payment in your account.
Is there a contract? - Can I cancel later?
Answer: No contract – the service is month-to-month, so you can cancel any time in your account.
Can I use my own bucket?
Answer: No – to maintain consistency and to avoid confusion, you will need to use the 4-gallon bucket provided.
How do I increase from a bucket to a cart?
Answer: Is the bucket too small? – No problem! Please contact us to swap it out for the larger 16-gallon purple cart: you will simply need to pay $30.00, which is the difference between the activation fee you initially paid for the bucket ($15) and the activation fee required for the cart ($45).
Can I have two (2) buckets?
Answer: Yes, you can have two (2) buckets. You will need to pay a $15.00 one-time activation fee for the 2nd bucket and then an additional $2.00 / month. To add this to your service, please click here.
Where do I place my bucket on collection day?
Place your bucket where it is visible from the street at least 3-feet away from other bins, vehicles or other objects.
- If you have a driveway: place at end of driveway on either side.
- If you do not have a driveway: place along the front of the curb (not on the curb).
If you have questions, please contact us. Thanks!
About the Process:
Where does the food waste go?
Answer: We transport all food waste to the Wasatch Resource Recovery facility in North Salt Lake to be processed.
What types of materials are NOT accepted in your food waste bin?
Answer: We understand that what can and can’t be composted can be confusing, so you can download our mobile app to use the Waste Wizard to search for specific items. In general, below is a list of common contaminants that are not accepted in food waste containers:
- Compostable Containers
- Yard Trimmings
Still unsure? – Please contact us for assistance, we’re happy to help!
Please message us at anytime or
call us M-F 9-5 at (801) 355-0334.