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Landfills busy as damage clean up continues following windstorm

Posted at 10:28 AM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 18:32:29-04

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — Steady lines formed at landfills Wednesday morning as the clean up continues following yesterday's windstorm that knocked down trees and damaged landscaping all over Northern Utah.

The Davis Landfill saw long lines before the facility opened at 7 a.m. with people disposing of fallen trees and branches. The lines were similar to those found Tuesday when cars stretched nearly a half-mile at one point.

“This is my second load today and then the tree that I cut down so that it didn’t fall on my neighbors yard, I still got that one to deal with,” said Layton resident Jon Beckstead.

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A common theme appears to be neighbors helping neighbors throughout Northern Utah.

“The load that I just unloaded here is from one of our neighbors, so we’re just trying to help the area,” said Fruit Heights resident Lou Rothey.

“Everybody’s out helping and it’s actually a pretty positive feeling, it’s just something that happens and you go out and try to help each other and get it cleaned up and get back to normal,” added Beckstead.

Because of the widespread damage, the Davis Landfill is waiving fees for Layton City residents bringing green waste to the facility for the next two weeks. The waiver does not apply to businesses or commercial customers.

“We’re doing that for a two-week period because we want people to know they have plenty of time to come in, we can handle the material, we just can’t handle it all at once,” said Nathan Rich, Executive Director of the Wasatch Integrates Waste Management District.

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Residents of Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City have had their fees waived for weather-related disposals at the Salt Lake Valley Landfill from noon Wednesday through noon, Sept. 23. Fees will not be waived for grass clippings or regular junk removal.
The Salt Lake Valley Landfill will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Bountiful Landfill will be accepting green waste with no charge from residents of West Bountiful, North Salt Lake and Centerville through Sept. 19. Trees and branches cannot exceed 4 ft. at the location and officials ask people to cover their loads to avoid debris falling onto the road to the landfill.

Centerville has opened TREES ONLY dump sites at the following locations:

  • Smoot Park
  • Freedom Hills Park
  • The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints (270 N 300 E)