Ogden City Council and Mayor Caldwell have issued a joint proclamation declaring June 2018 as “Recycling Awareness Month” in order to support sustainability and decrease refuse costs for the local community. A third party audit in February 2018 showed an alarming 45% of loads in Ogden City residential recycling bins were not being processed for recycling due to being contaminated, meaning that non-recyclable items had been included or recycling materials had not been properly cleaned. An initiative to promote recycling education was developed to help improve the City’s current habits and inform residents of the best recycling practices. A recent audit showed the original number has decreased to 39% as of April 2018.
“Proper recycling provides environmental and economic benefits to our community,” said Ogden City Mayor, Mike Caldwell. “We want to set our program up for success by providing as much education as we can so our citizens can continue to utilize this free service to its peak potential.”
The City’s primary focus is teaching citizens about the type of items that damage the recycling plant machines and contaminate entire loads of recyclable goods. Ogden City Public Services Department currently uses a tagging system to notify residents that prohibited items have been placed in their Ogden City issued recycling bins. The Department is now implementing additional methods of communication with the people they serve.
The Public Services Department holds ongoing recycling education workshops that are free and open to the public every Friday at 2:00 p.m. These workshops are held at the Ogden City Public Works Building (133 W 29th St). Residents can call 801-629-8271 to sign up. Residents who have received a “strike” for including unrecyclable items in their blue bins more than once can have the strike removed by attending the class. Three offenses will prevent continued use of the recycling bin.
Throughout June, the Ogden City Council, Administration, and other departments will share a variety of graphics and a video on social media to engage with the community online and illustrate the importance of recycling correctly. Throughout all social media platforms, the City will be using the hashtag #RecycleOgden to facilitate conversation and make the content easily accessible.
“It’s our obligation as a city to inform our citizens about the advantages of our free recycling program and how to use it properly,” Council Member Doug Stephens said. “We hope that we can inspire individuals in our beautiful city to evaluate their recycling habits and possibly make changes to help reduce waste and protect the environment.”