Garbage & Recycling

Recycling Calendar 2019

Clearfield City Recycles Program - Frequently Asked Questions

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Why did the city implement a recycling program?


The main reason is Clearfield residents have been requesting a curbside recycling program for many years. Furthermore, the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District’s landfill in Layton, where Clearfield’s solid waste is delivered, has limited capacity. The District buries 160,000 tons of garbage per year; by diverting recyclable materials, we can help extend the life of the landfill.


Can you explain what the monthly fee of $3.90/per recycling can is for?

The fee of $3.90 is essentially a pass-through to Waste Management—that is, nearly the entire fee goes to Waste Management. It covers their costs to provide the service to Clearfield residents.  The City retains about 10 cents per can as a small fee to cover our overhead to administer the program.

It’s not cheap for Waste Management to offer recycling. Their expenses include containers, trucks, fuel, and labor. Even though they capture some residual value from the recycled materials, it is not enough to completely offset the operating and capital costs. When Clearfield asked companies to bid on curbside recycling, Waste Management submitted the lowest responsible bid. 

The $3.90 fee per residence is based on a household participation rate between 50-75%. The actual monthly cost to the City may be lower or higher, should the participation rate be above 75% or below 50%, respectively. City officials do not expect the actual participation rate to be below 50%, based on recycling programs in other cities. The participation rate is about 62%.

Other cities I’ve lived in have charged less (or more) for this same service. Why is that?

Comparing services and rates between cities is not as straightforward as it would seem to be.  Variables such as number of customers, mandatory participation vs. opt-in vs. opt-out, proximity to a recycling facility, and other factors make it difficult to get a true “apples to apples” comparison.  Recycling programs are not “one size fits all,” and without having all of the information from each City we are unable to describe exactly why our service is cheaper or more expensive than another city’s. Regardless, the contract with Waste Management was the best bid that the City received, and we believe many of our residents (especially those who already have a second can) will save money through curbside recycling.

If, after opting-in with the program, can I change my mind later and cancel the service?

No, there is only one chance to opt out of the recycling program, and that period expired August 31, 2015. Clearfield City will not be offering an annual opt-out option to residents.

Limiting the period for customers to opt out of the recycling program will ensure high participation levels and low rates. It will also help the program to be successful in the long run. New residents will automatically be enrolled in the program.

Why should I pay the recycling fee the City charges? I think I want to opt-out of the program, do the recycling myself, and keep the money I get for recycling.

Aluminum and some other scrap metals have some recyclable value. In the current market, other materials have little to no recyclable value. Our new curbside program through Waste Management allows you to recycle paper, aluminum and plastics. The service is also curbside, which means you don’t have to haul your recyclables any further than the street. Placing recyclable materials in the blue can will also free up space in your regular trash bins. In fact, in most instances people who have a second regular can will no longer need it once they start recycling.

Will the price ever increase? I'd like to participate, but if I don't ever have the opportunity to opt-out, I'd like to know that I won't be price gouged down the road.

The city is in a five-year contract with the vendor. The price can only increase (or decrease) with the price of fuel. At the end of the contract period, the city will go back out to bid to ensure the best prices for our residents. The price has been $3.90 since Sept  2015 and is guaranteed to remain the same through June 2019.

What can we place in the recycling container, and how often will it be collected?

You’ll receive a blue 96-gallon container that will be picked up every other week on the same day as your trash service. You can recycle the following:

  • Aluminum and tin cans                       
  • Cardboard boxes                              
  • Newspapers                                  
  • Magazines                                      
  • Envelopes                                       
  • Coated paper                                  
  • Carbonless receipts                       
  • File folders
  • Plastic containers labeled #1-#7
  • White and colored paper
  • Books
  • Junk Mail
  • Brochures and pamphlets
  • Computer printouts
  • Manuals with glue bindings

Why can’t we include glass in our recycling bins?

According to Waste Management, there is not enough glass in the Utah market to make it worthwhile to install a glass separator. Broken glass can also contaminate the other recyclables in the bin.

What are some benefits of recycling?

Recycling helps to save energy, reduce pollution and water consumption, preserve natural resources and create jobs.

  • Recycling an aluminum can saves 95% of the energy needed to produce a new aluminum can from raw materials. The energy saved from recycling one ton of aluminum is equal to the amount of electricity the average home uses over 10 years. (Source: Keep America Beautiful)
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity – enough energy to power the average American home for five months. (Source: Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Recycling one ton of plastic milk jugs saves enough energy to light a home for a year (EPA).
  • Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; landfilling 10,000 tons of waste creates six jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs. (EPA, “Resource Conservation Challenge: Campaigning Against Waste,” EPA 530-F-02-033, 2002)

Additional Recycling Resources

What Can and Cannot be Recycled
7 Good Reasons to Recycle
Benefits of Recycling
Recycle Often. Recycle Right. This website helps customers get “back to the basics” of good recycling. You will find tips for recycling as well as an entire page of “Myth Busters”, which breaks down certain myths about recycling and explains why certain things can or cannot be recycled. This page further explains other nuances that customers often find confusing or hard to understand.

Curbside Garbage Collection

Garbage is collected once a week. Find your location on the garbage schedule map to determine your collection day. Recycling pick up will be every other week on the same day as your garbage. Clearfield City contracts residential garbage removal with Waste Management of Utah. Only trash placed in city issued garbage cans is collected. Please bag refuse before placing it in garbage can(s). Pick-up begins early, around 5:00 a.m. Please have can(s) to the curb by this time. Cans may be placed curbside the night before scheduled trash pick-up. Likewise, please have garbage can(s) removed from the curb within 24 hours of pick-up. Clearfield City does not provide garbage collection for multi-unit and commercial customers.Trash service will be delayed by one day on the following holidays:New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Please contact call our office at 801-525-2701 for questions about damaged cans or missed trash pick-up.


The North Davis County Landfill/Burn Plant accepts trash directly from Davis County residents. However, as of March 2016, the landfill no longer accepts recyclables.  Please contact Wasatch Energy Systems at 801-614-5600 for hours, location, and further information.

Other City Collection Programs

Spring and Fall Clean-up

Spring clean-up is in April and Fall clean-up is in October.  Historically, vouchers good for one trip to the landfill are delivered in the April  and October utility bill.

Dumpster Rental

The city budget has set aside a limited amount to offer a reduced cost neighborhood dumpster rental.  The total cost is $50.  Applicant must find three neighbors willing to participate and sign the application. Please contact City Hall at 801-525-2701 to obtain additional information and schedule drop-off and pick-up times.
Neighborhood Dumpster

Christmas Tree Removal

Clearfield City provides Christmas Tree Removal in January. Place the tree out to the curb. Remove all decorative material and cut the tree into pieces not exceeding 4 feet in length.

Contact Info


55 South State Street
Clearfield, UT 84015
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.