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Tooele City Corporation

90 North Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074

Phone: 435.843.2100
Fax: 435.843.2109

December 2021

Holiday Recycling Tips

  • Tip 1: Bows and ribbons are not recyclable! I always suggest people to reuse their bows and ribbons if they can! But ribbons or bows, plastic or cloth, are not recyclable.
  • Tip 2: Plain wrapping paper is recyclable! But if the wrapping paper has any glitter, foil, or other embellishments, it is not recyclable.
  • Tip 3: String lights are recyclable, but not in your recycling bin! They can be taken to a local metal recycler for recycling!
  • Tip 4: Reuse gift bags! Like wrapping paper, plain paper gift bags are recyclable if the handles are removed. However, why not reuse the bags instead! During the holidays we see more bags made of other types of materials, so I wanted to create a tip that focuses on reuse instead.
  • Tip 5: Recycle all cardboard boxes! But toss any bubble wrap/Styrofoam/pillows in the trash!
  • Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    November 2021

    November 2021 Recycling Tip - Reduce Food Waste
    From packaging to food, we will see an increase of waste heading for our landfills and recycling facilities in the coming months. This holiday season, pay a little more attention to the amount of food you toss and find ways to reduce it. Visit //savethefood.com/ to find ways to reduce your food waste by planning ahead, storing it properly, and find recipes to use those foods that are past their prime!

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    October 2021

    Recycling Tip - Candy wrappers belong in the trash not the recycling bin!
    Candy wrappers are typically made from multiple materials, which makes them a hard to recycle. This Halloween, please make sure all your candy wrappers end up in the trash can, not the recycling bin!

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    September 2021

    September 2021 Tip - Fall Leaves can be Composted
    The words recycling and composting are sometimes used interchangeably, confusing some residents. Some well-meaning people will place their yard waste in the recycling bin along with their bottles, cardboard, and cans, thinking that the yard waste will be separated and composted. However, at the recycling sorting facility, the yard waste is treated as trash because they do not have composting capabilities. If you want your yard waste to be composted, please check with your city or your nearest landfill!

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    August 2021

    August 2021 Tip - Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Tubes are Recyclable!
    While paper towels and toilet paper are not recyclable because their fibers are too short, their tubes/cores are! Not only are these tubes recyclable, but they are great for crafts. If you love crafting, try repurposing these tubes into decorations. Not into crafts or have excess? Recycle them!

    Remember: reduce, reuse, then recycle!

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    July 2021

    July 2021 Tip - No Tissues
    The fibers that make up your single-use paper products like tissues, paper towels, and napkins are too small to make it through the recycling process, so please place these items in your trash can. If you would like to reduce your waste, you can start introducing reusable alternatives like cloth napkins once a week and cleaning rags to your cleaning routine!

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    June 2021

    June 2021 Tip - No Rinsing
    Water conservation is on everyone’s mind this year due to the majority of the state suffering from extreme drought conditions. The goal of recycling is to conserve our natural resources and to preserve our natural environment. Before you toss your plastic bottles, jugs, and metal cans into your recycling bin, just make sure they are empty, no need to rinse. Flip your containers upside down give them a little shake to make sure they are empty. With food cans, use a spoon or spatula to scrape out any remanding food globs.

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    May 2021

    May 2021 Tip - No Household Hazardous Waste
    Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are products that contain toxic, flammable, or corrosive ingredients. This includes common household products such as paint and cleaning supplies, as well as electronics and rechargeable batteries. Disposing of these items in your trash or recycling containers can cause fires in our trucks and at disposal facilities. For safe disposal, please visit the Tooele County Health Department website for a list of drop-off locations: //tooelehealth.org/clean-house-household-hazardous-waste/   

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    April 2021

    April 2021 - Earth Day
    April is home to two very important holidays, Earth Day on April 22nd and Arbor Day on April 30thIn honor of both, this month’s tip goes out to all the readers out there. Have you made the switch to e-books or e-zines yetIf you don’t like them, visit your local library and check out a book! Do you love collecting books? Consider purchasing used! If donation is not an option for the magazines and soft cover books you need to get rid of, recycle them!  

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    March 2021

    March 2021 - Beverage Containers
    Some people swear that soft drinks in glass bottles taste better than in their plastic and metal counterparts—turns out, there is truth to that! The lining in an aluminum can may absorb some of the soda’s flavor. If you prefer to purchase your soft drinks in glass bottles, make sure you recycle them by taking them to a drop off location near you. For a complete list of locations, please visit momentumrecycling.com.   

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    February 2021

    Recycling Tip - Greeting Cards
    At one point or another, we all must face that box in our closet stuffed with greeting cards. To toss or not to toss, that is the question! But did you know that your plain greeting cards can be tossed in your recycling bin? Just make sure that they don’t have any glitter, plastic, ribbons, or any other materials.

    When purchasing greeting cards for others, keep their recyclability in mind!

    Questions? Please email us at recycle@acedisposal.com


    Recycling Tip #13 - Keep lids on!
    To leave on or throw out? That is the question relating to the plastic lids on plastic bottles. Originally, people were told to remove the lids of bottles and jugs because they are made from a different plastic than the container they are on. That has now changed with today’s technology, as there are now more efficient ways for recyclers to separate the lids from the containers at the plastics recycling facility. That now means that if you leave the lid on the bottle, it can now be recycled! However, if you remove the lid and still toss the lid in the recycling bin by itself, it will not be recycled! The lid by itself is too small to be captured during the recycling sorting process.

    Have recycling questions?  Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.


    Recycling Tip #12 - No PPE!
    Please help us keep a clean recycling stream by tossing all disposable personal protective equipment in the trash! Not only are these items not recyclable, but they could put workers in the sort lines at risk.

    Have recycling questions?  Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.

    Why is PPE not recyclable?

    Disposable gloves and masks are made of multiple materials that are not recyclable.


    Recycling Tip #11 - Toss Tissues in the Trash
    Office paper, junk mail, and magazines are all allowed in your recycling bin. However, the fibers that make up items like toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels are too short be made into another product. Please recycle right and make sure you are tossing these products in the trash!

    Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.


    Recycling Tip #10 - Wash Your Reusable Bags!
    We often talk about making the switch from disposable to reusable bags, but we don’t talk about how to care for reusable bags. Don’t forget to wash them frequently! Follow the care instructions listed on your bag for the best guidelines. If your bag does not have care instructions, see below for some rule of thumbs. When in doubt, hand wash and line dry!

    //www.cleaninginstitute.org/cleaning-tips/clothes/fabric-care/cleaning-reusable-bags

    Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.


    Recycling Tip #9 - Keep Labels On!
    We are often asked if labels need to be removed from bottles and cans—the answer is no! When it comes to your food cans and plastic bottles and jugs, the most important thing is to make sure that those items are clean, empty and dry. When containers that still contain food waste are tossed in recycling bins, they will contaminate otherwise clean recycling, sending more items to the landfill that could have been recycled.

    Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.


    Keep your recyclables dry!
    Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.

    Recycling Tip #8 - Glass Drop-off
    Did you know? Glass is 100% recyclable. When it is tossed in your recycling bin at home, it can break and harm workers at the sorting facilities. However, you can still recycle your glass containers by taking them to a drop-off location! The glass is processed and recycled here in Utah! For more drop-off locations, please visit MomentumRecycling.com.

    Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.

    Common questions regarding glass:

    1. Why can’t glass go in my recycling bin?

    It’s because the recycling sorting facilities in Utah do not have the equipment to process glass.


    Recycling Tip - Christmas Lights


    Recycling Tip #7 - Recycling During the Holidays!
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year for recycling! Make sure you are disposing of your packaging materials correctly—toss those cardboard boxes in your recycling, but keep the Styrofoam and plastic wrap out! Remember, clean plastic film, including bubble wrap, can be taken to your local grocery store along with your plastic bags. Block Styrofoam can be dropped off at Mark Foam or ACH Foam and most UPS stores will take packing peanuts for reuse!

    Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.

    Common questions regarding packing materials:

    1. Why can’t you take Styrofoam? It has the recycle symbol with a number on it!

    The recycling symbol on items does not mean that the item is recyclable! The recycling symbol is in the public domain; therefore, anyone can use it. When you see the chasing arrows with a number on plastic items, it is just telling you the type of plastic it is. And unfortunately, it is not recyclable.

    Packing Styrofoam (but not packing peanuts) can be dropped off to be recycled at the following places: Recycle Utah in Park City, Marko Foam in Salt Lake City, and ACH Foam Technologies in Murray. Packing peanuts can be taken to most UPS stores who will reuse them!


    Recycling Tip #6
    Don’t forget to toss your empty egg cartons in your recycling bin! But remember, Styrofoam egg containers, and Styrofoam in any form, is not recyclable. Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.

    Common questions regarding mixed materials:

    1. Why can’t you take Styrofoam? It has the recycle symbol with a number on it!

    The recycling symbol on items does not mean that the item is recyclable! The recycling symbol is in the public domain; therefore, anyone can use it. When you see the chasing arrows with a number on plastic items, it is just telling you the type of plastic it is. And unfortunately, it is not recyclable.

    Packing Styrofoam (but not packing peanuts) can be dropped off to be recycled at the following places: Recycle Utah in Park City, Marko Foam in Salt Lake City, and ACH Foam Technologies in Murray.

     2. Can I recycle the plastic egg containers?

    No! The only acceptable plastics are in the form of bottles and jugs.


    Recycling Tip #5
    Did you know? When you try to recycle mixed materials such as cardboard inside plastic wrap or a newspaper still in its bag, it will end up at the landfill? Please remove the cardboard/newspaper from its plastic film—recycle the cardboard/newspaper and toss the plastic film! Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.

    Common Questions Regarding Mixed Materials


    Recycling Tip #1
    Did you know bagged recyclables will end up at the landfill?!? Let’s keep stretchy plastic out of our recycling bins!

    Why Can’t I Recycle My Plastic Bags?


    Recycling Tip #2
    Did you know you should clean out your recyclables? Food waste in the recycling will make cardboard and paper decompose faster. Don’t rot the recycling!

    Recycling Tip #3
    When it comes to recycling plastics, only empty plastic bottles and jugs belong in your recycling bins! When you encounter a plastic item you are not sure is recyclable, ask yourself, “Is it bottle or a jug?” If the answer is no, throw it out! Help us stop “wish-cycling!”

    Recycling Tip #4 
    Metals can be recycled indefinitely—but did you know that only beverage and food cans can go in your recycling bin at home? For all other metal items, check if you can drop them off at your local scrap metal recycler! Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com.

    Common Questions Regarding Metals Cans

    Recycling has been in the news a lot lately, especially when it comes to the foreign markets. Some people may post things about recycling being not valuable/a waste of time. Metals are still valuable, more valuable than anything else that can go in the recycling bin (papers, cardboard, plastic)!


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