WHAT CAN I RECYCLE?
Brochures & Pamphlets
File Folders & Card Stock
Magazines & Catalogs
Mail & Envelopes (envelope windows & labels ok)
Newspaper (inserts & ads ok)
Clean Scrap Aluminum
Cookware or Pots & Pans
Non-hazardous Aerosol Cans (empty)
Plastics 1 (PET clear and green)
Salad Dressing & Vegetable Oil Bottles
Juice & Sports Drink Bottles
Mouthwash Bottles & Peanut Butter Containers
Soda Pop & Water Bottles
Plastics 2 (HDPE natural and colored)
Bleach, Dish & Laundry Detergent Bottles
Cosmetic & Shampoo Bottles
Household Cleaner Bottles
Milk & Water Jugs
Plastics 3-7 (no plastic grocery bags)
Ketchup, Syrup & Yogurt Containers
Medicine Bottles & Egg Cartons
Corrugated Cardboard & Boxes (flatten & cut up)
Cereal Boxes & Cracker Boxes (remove plastic liners)
Food Cartons & Boxes
Gift, Shoe & Tissue Boxes
Milk Cartons & Drink Boxes
Paper Egg Cartons
Paper Towel & Toilet Paper Rolls
What NOT to Recycle
Aluminum Foil & Pie Plates (soiled)
Aluminum Siding For Homes
Auto Parts & Batteries
Bedding & Bath Items (blankets, pillows, towels)
Cellophane Food Bags (pasta, salad, candy, cookies)
China & Ceramics
Clothing & Shoes
Concrete, Rocks & Dirt
Construction Materials (lumber & drywall)
Draperies & Blinds
Styrofoam Products, Bubble Wrap & Packing Peanuts
Food & Liquid Waste
Glass (any kind)
Green Waste (grass, weeds, tree limbs & yard trimmings)
Household Hazardous Waste
Metal or Plastic Pails & Buckets
Motor Oil & Anti-freeze Bottles
Napkins & Paper Towels (soiled)
Pet Food Bags
Plastic Bags (grocery, newspaper, bread, sandwich)
Plastic Film Packing (shrink & plastic wrap)
Photographic Paper, Tapes & CD’s
Print or Toner Cartridges
Propane or Gas Tanks
Tarps & Garden Hoses
Tissue & Gift Wrap
Toys & Children Pools
How to Recycle Other Various Items
Most auto parts stores will accept old batteries at no charge.
Oil & Anti-freeze
The City of Orem, as well as most auto parts stores, will take your old motor oil and antifreeze. The key is to keep the various fluids separate. The City’s collection site is at our Public Works facility at 1450 W 550 N. Hours: M – F, 8am – 4pm. For more info, call (801) 229-7500.
It’s always a good idea to purchase only the quantity that you need and then to use it up. For more information on disposal or recycling, try www.earth911.com.
Subscribe to the curbside program for $5.85/month, or residents of Orem can take green waste directly to the North Pointe Transfer Station at 2000 West 200 South Lindon (far west end of Orem’s 2000 North). Show proof that you live in Orem and there will be no charge for dropping off your green waste.
Many products and materials can be taken to the North Pointe Transfer Station in household quantities. For more information, visit utahcountygarbage.org or call (801) 225-8538.
What to Put in Your Recycling Bin
Below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable items for recycling. If you have any questions about the list or about items not mentioned, contact Waste Management’s Customer Service Department at (801) 785-3000. To order more than one recycle bin please call (801) 229‑7275.
- Empty plastic bottles and containers
- Empty food and beverage cans
- Clean paper
- Clean cardboard and paperboard
Do Not Put in Recycling Bin
- Food and liquids
- Plastic bags and film (also, do NOT bag your recyclables)
- Glass bottles or jars (take them to the Public Works building instead, 1450 W 500 N)
- Clothes or textiles
- Yard waste (subscribe to Orem’s green waste program to get a special green waste can)
Visit www.thinkgreen.com to learn how to recycle the following:
Medical Supplies (syringes, needles or lancets)
How to Recycle Electronics
Looking for a way to get rid of those old electronics? Don’t put them in the trash! E-waste is now the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, and electronics contain materials that are toxic to the environment, but can be recycled and reused with proper care. Make sure you recycle your electronics properly to be part of the solution.
Here are a couple of convenient and easy ways to get rid of those old electronics:
- Take them to Best Buy. Best Buy offers the most comprehensive appliance and electronics recycling programs in the United States. Best Buy accepts TVs, computers and tablets, cell phones, radios, appliances, ink and toner, video games and gadgets, cameras and camcorders, car audio / video / GPS. Learn more on their FAQ page.
- Take them to the North Pointe Transfer Station (2000 W 200 S, Lindon). One electronic item per load will be accepted with the minimum fee. Additional units are charged a $10.00 recycle fee per unit.
- Find out other locations where you can recycle electronics and other items at earth911.com.
Good Types of Glass
Good Types of Glass (Recyclable)
Clear (Flint) Glass
About 61% of glass containers produced in the United States are clear. Clear glass is made of a combination of silica (sand), soda ash, and limestone.
Brown (Amber) Glass
About 31% of glass containers produced are brown in color. To produce brown glass, the manufacturer adds nickel, sulfur, and carbon to molten glass. The “brown” cannot be taken out, so recycled brown bottles are used to make new brown bottles.
Green (Emerald) Glass
Only about 7% of glass containers produced are green in color. To make green glass, the manufacturer adds iron, chromium or copper to molten glass. Just like with brown bottles, the green cannot be removed and so green bottles are recycled to make new green bottles.
How is Glass Recycled?
How is Glass Recycled?
If you’re interested in seeing how glass is recycled, please watch this video.
What Glass NOT to Recycle
What Glass Not to Recycle
Not all glass can be recycled. The following items should not be placed in the recycling bin
- Any glass contaminated with stones, dirt, or food waste
- Ceramics, such as dishware, ovenware, and decorative items
- Heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex
- Mixed colors of broken glass
- Mirror or window glass
- Metal or plastic caps and lids
- Light bulbs
- Cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) found in some televisions and computer monitors
Where to Recycle Glass
Where to Recycle Glass
The City of Orem has provided a glass recycling bin for all recyclers to use at Orem Public Works (1450 W 550 N). The bin is located in north-east corner of the Public Works employee parking lot. DO NOT take your recycling into the Public Works building as you will be directed to the glass bin in the parking lot.
The map below shows the location of the glass recycling bin in relation to the Public Works Building.
The Glass Recycling Bin is in the Northeast Corner of the Public Works Parking Lot
550 N 1450 W Orem, UT
For More Information please contact Waste Management at 888-4WM-UTAH