SLC considering ordinance requiring apartments, condos, businesses to recycle

Posted at 3:59 PM, Oct 18, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — The city council is considering an ordinance requiring apartments, condo complexes and businesses to recycle.

According to a summary of the ordinance posted on the city’s website, “Salt Lake City is considering and ordinance that would require a recycling program in multi-family properties and businesses, and would apply to any business or multi-family property that produces 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week.”

Salt Lake City said through curbside recycling, it has managed to divert 40 percent of waste from going to landfills. However, only 10-to-15 percent of waste is being recycled in multi-family properties or businesses. The proposed ordinance would have some exemptions including financial hardship or if there isn’t space on the property for recycling containers.

If a business, apartment or condo complex doesn’t come into compliance, fines could be assessed.

The Salt Lake City Council will be briefed on the issue on Nov. 10 and a public hearing on Nov. 17. Residents could also comment here.